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Peacock’s Top Chef Family Style is Delicious Fun

If you’re a fan of kids competing in cooking shows and a fan of the Top Chef series from Bravo, then Peacock has the show for you! Premiering Thursday, Top Chef Family Style promises high stakes, jaw dropping talent, and heart-warming humor that viewers of all ages will enjoy.

Hosted by musician Meghan Trainor and James Beard Award winner Marcus Samuelsson, Top Chef Family Style features thirteen kids paired with a family member competing for the grand prize which includes $50K.

Each duo of a young talented chef and adult family member battle it out to prove that their culinary skills can hold up to the fire. Each episode will include a specific challenge that may or may not include exciting prizes, just like the original Top Chef franchise. A diverse set of pairs hail from all over the United States including from Hawaii, Alaska, and New York which reflects the franchises diversifying in the last few years.

The chef duos are put to the test in a series of creative and suspenseful Quickfire and Elimination Challenges, including mastering molecular gastronomy for the cast of Peacock’s Saved by the Bell, cooking in a culinary smackdown for WWE Superstar, creating a meatless menu for an NFL tailgate with the LA Rams, and others.

For newbies to the franchise, Quickfires challenge the chefs to cook a dish that meets certain requirements whether that requires specific ingredients, a certain type of cuisine, or to replicate a dish that they tasted blindfolded. Though I don’t expect the latter to occur in this series.

Chefs also face the dreaded elimination challenge where chefs must prepare one or more dishes to meet the requirements that week. These challenges almost always include a specific theme, are super complex, and require more time to complete than the Quickfire.

Each week, the pairs will showcase their culinary prowess and teamwork for guest judges and special guests, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jojo Siwa. Of course the show wouldn’t be Top Chef Family Style without people from the Top Chef family including host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Kwame Onwuachi, Shirley Chung, Nyesha Arrington, Brian Malarkey, Amar Santana, Chris Cosentino, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Sheldon Simeon, Mei Lin, Richard Blais, Melissa King, Brooke Williamson, Gregory Gourdet, Nina Compton, Stephanie Izard, and Shota Nakajima.

Each pair will also need to impress culinary leaders including but not limited to Josiah Citrin, Michael Cimarusti, Dominque Creen, Susan Feniger, Chris Ford, Timothy Hollingsworth, Amirah Kassem, Nathan Myhrvold, Nancy Silverton and Sherry Yard.

Top Chef Family Style Proves Solid Addition to Franchise

As a fan of food based series, competition or otherwise, I am always up to try a new show especially since I’ve been watching Top Chef regularly for the last few seasons. Adding an adult partner to the competition adds a twist to the kids food competition space as series on Food Network, MasterChef Junior, and even Top Chef Junior focus on the kids alone. In fact, you might even recognize a chef or two from other shows and social media!

Even with the adult family members for support, the show really focuses on the kids who in the first episode must create a dish that showcases the pair’s favorite culinary combination and receive immunity from the elimination challenge. Then, Kwame Onwuachi and his mom (which is so wholesome) have the kids and their partners turn a family recipe into a five star dish.

As expected, the pairs rise to the challenge and present a variety of tasty looking dishes that reveal more about themselves and their families, perfect to grab the audience for the entire season.

Overall Top Chef Family Style provides a new entry into the kids food competition genre and does so successfully. While still competitive, the show is much more chill than the original, allowing for the pairs to enjoy the challenges without quite as much stress. I enjoyed learning more about the competitors and their family members an continue to be in awe of how talented kids are!

You can watch the series on Peacock when it premieres Thursday along with the second episode with new episodes premiering weekly after that.

Image courtesy of Peacock

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  • Seher is the Associate Editor-in-Chief at The Fandomentals focusing on the ins and outs of TV, media representation, games, and other topics as they pique her interest. Otherwise, she's reading away for graduate school. pc: @poika_

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