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Sep 14, 2013 09:13 AM

Rachel and Guy Kids cook off

At first I thought it would be a fun show for my son and I to watch together. We both love to watch cooking shows like Chopped and the kids are all around his age.

However I just started watching and they are setting it up like a beauty contest complete with overly competitive stage moms. While none of the kids get sent home they are given scores each day and have to pass pop quizes. You got the cocky kid, the kid with the sob story, etc

I turned it off after 15 minutes. Blech.

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    1. Do you have high(er) hopes for the Masterchef version for young people coming next?

      TV has this unfortunate way of turning SMART young people into cutesy talking heads...why?

      Stage Moms are part of the drama tv seems to thrive on these days but executives really do insult young people by patting them on their little adorable heads and completely missing the teachable moments/audience/impact empowering future chefs could actually spur.

      but hey why bother, right?!! ugh!

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      1. re: HillJ

        exactly! I learned a lot from early cooking shows when I was kid. Julia Child, The frugal Gourmet, The Galloping Gourmet. My son has been intrigued by the concept of mystery baskets and secret ingredients and has been spurred at home to challenge me in the kitchen. We have had fun bonding over recipes and while making meals.

        I am sure I am naive in even thinking this would be good but I really hoped it would be a great way to get more kids focused on healthy home cooked food. Who cares about the parent drama-other parents! Obviously they are the ones the spend the money so that's who the target audience must be

        I haven't heard anything about Master Chefs for kids. Have they released any previews?

        1. re: foodieX2

          My expectation is that the tone of MCJr. will be tougher than RR & GF's version; a tad edgy under the same scripting treatment we see from the same MC (adult) judges.

          eta: and let me just point out the snarled face on one of the young contestants as it appears on the FB main photo...predictable before this even airs!

          1. re: HillJ

            Gordon Screaming Ramsey with children???? There's a nasty thought! <sigh>

        2. re: HillJ

          You guys are making feel sooooo much better about not making it onto MCjr. I need to keep thinking it really is a circus I didnt want to be part of anyway.

          1. re: girloftheworld

            girl, do you read this virtual mag at all? The publisher ran an issue on young, aspiring chefs and featured their blogs, recipes and future plans via interview.


            You may find sooner than later that the real world is a safer, hipper, more valuable asset than reality tv will ever be.

            1. re: HillJ

              Cool thanks for the suggestion. I'll ask if I can suscribe so I can look for it.
              "valuable asset than reality tv will ever be" that is what Paige said at "work" .. "child stars burn out and are a flash in a pan It is better to braise and develop your flavor"

              1. re: girloftheworld

                girl, another recommendation for you is to read and consider participating in the NY Times Recipe Lab chats. I don't see any age limitations that would exclude you but you can research that on your own.



                1. re: HillJ

                  oh my goodness that is so cool! thanks so much for suggesting it!

        3. I'm watching it right now and it's not so bad

          1. I didn't expect much, but I found it better than I expected... the kids weren't TOO young, they were the right age to be enthusiastic and to have at least some idea of what they're doing. I was 12 when I taught myself to cook real meals instead of just playing at baking. A couple of them are annoying with their 'I'm going to be a star' attitude, but they're kids. Giving them a score each week is better than eliminating them outright because it gives them more chance to get over tv nerves and show what they can really do. I was pleased to see the parents there. When I was very young and naive I was on a 'kiddy' tv game show and it was a total nightmare. Seems like it'll be better than 'Masterchef Junior - what the heck do even the most enthusiastic seven and eight year olds know about real cooking?

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            1. re: Kajikit

              Don't have cable, haven't seen the show, but one of the contestants is from my area and she and her family have been promoting the child as a "star" for a few years now. The kid is actually pro in that she has commercial endorsements and sponsorships. This is already a career for her. I don't doubt that some of the other kiddie contestants are the same.

              The world of entertainment and the world in general has changed since you were on TV, Kajikit. I don't know that it's for the better.

              Full disclosure: We turned down an audition for our 11-year-old. We thought about it very briefly and decided no, this wasn't the childhood experience we wanted for our kid. This was our decision. Other's parenting choices may vary.

              1. re: rockycat

                I think that was the girl who annoyed me the most... and (spoiler but it's two weeks old now) she was SHOCKED to come in last! I think she expected to just walk away with the whole thing without lifting a finger... I think it'll do her good to realise that (guess what) there are other junior chefs out there who are just as good as her and that if she wants to win she has to really work at it.

                1. re: Kajikit

                  Well, according to the kid's blog, she was awarded MVP last night so it must be a different annoying girl. :-)

            2. Many of those kids were annoying . But some of them have some pretty impressive cooking chops.

              The parents didn't bother me.