"Top Chef: Just Desserts" enters its second season with a bang by pitting the best of the best from the culinary profession against one another. The first effort the pÂtissiers tackle is to recreate fairy tale scenes out of delectable elements that are hastily pieced together in extravagant environments.
The nature of a show about cooking will serve to deter younger audiences from wanting to participate unless they are fans of a cast member or food enthusiasts to whom food competitions appeal.
It a piece of cake to see that "Top Chef: Just Desserts" is a show which should be judiciously considered by parents for presentation in a family environment. Ultimately, the overall theme of the show is wholesome, however, the behavior of the participants detracts from the ambiance.
While cooking exotic desserts is the vehicle, the tenor focuses more on the rivalry and quarreling infighting among a group of talented chefs. There is consistent focus and attention given more towards the infighting and personal conflicts rather than how these magnificent desserts are crafted.
Instead of working together, the participants are consistently seeking to demean each other, and all hope of sportsmanship is thoroughly trampled by the time the opening credits finish rolling.
It may take more than a spoonful of sugar to help families swallow the language that is carelessly thrown back and forth between the characters and judges. While the most offensive swearing is bleeped out, far more remains that it is left untouched, including frequent vain references to deity.
On top of the objectionable language, there are sexual innuendos that are used by both the participants and judges. While relatively minor, they merit reviewing to determine if they are appropriate for younger family members. This is definitely not your mother's cooking show with Julia Child.
The season premiere of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" debuts Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. on Bravo with a TV-14 rating.
Joseph Irvine is a contractor for ClearPlay in Salt Lake and self-proclaimed expert in family friendly content analysis. He works in refining technology which empowers families to eradicate inappropriate material from films.