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Engaging Kids in the Cooking Process

topchef_ep300_07.jpgBravo TV network has hit upon a successful formula that melds “Survival”-style endurance reality with “Idol”-inspired contests.
My family adored Bravo’s “Top Design”–a show in which talented interior designers battled against each other every week for the “Top Design” title, creating lots of great-looking rooms in the process. We made it the one thing we watched every week together this past winter.
Tonight, the third season of “Top Chef” launches in Miami with the same set-up: serious chefs are given cooking assignments and then judged for how well they execute them. Such a program can offer families new ways to get off the macaroni and pizza diet. It might even inspire them to cook together as a team (something I’m always exhorting my family to do since I get lonely in our kitchen). So I’ve announced to my brood that this round of “Top Chef” is something we’ve got to watch together (or tape since it airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays).
This is a program for older children and their parents since the chefs do occasionally lapse into temper tantrums and bouts of bleeped-out profanity.

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posted June 14, 2007 at 10:14 pm

It airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays in our area.
Sure, I’d like to see you and your family create something along the lines of their premiere episode. What kid wouldn’t like to see eel, rattlesnake, kangaroo, black chicken or alligator sitting on their dinner plate.
My wife and I are big fans of Top Chef. But Top Design?! Uh, no.

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posted June 15, 2007 at 12:14 pm

“What kid wouldn’t like to see eel, rattlesnake, kangaroo, black chicken or alligator sitting on their dinner plate.”
Civil kids. Lots of kids wouldn’t want to see those animals on their plates.

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