Disney streaming service to include Be Our Chef, a cooking competition hosted by Angela Kinsey

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Is there a pop culture writer somewhere in your life? If so, this would be a good time to give them a pat on the back, or offer to take them out for a beer when they finally have some free time, because for entertainment writers, April is nuts. Proof positive: Last week’s official announcement of Disney+ included so much information that a lot of it got a bit buried beneath Game Of Thrones, the Star Wars Celebration, Shazam, and the impending Avengers movie, to name a few.

As a result, this delightful bit of news sailed right under our radar: One of its offerings will be a family cooking competition hosted by The Office’s Angela Kinsey, and there is not one thing about it that does not sound totally charming—including the title.

Be Our Chef (get it? Like “Be Our Guest,” but with a different noun?) will see “families from diverse backgrounds” journey to Walt Disney World to tackle themed challenges based on both their own family traditions and “the magic of Disney.” Later, finalists will create a dish representative of their family with a special Disney twist, and the winner’s creation will wind up on the park’s menu.


I get that fate of half of the Avengers definitely outranks nice families making nice food in a nice park, but still, the show sounds wonderful. Lesson learned: Don’t stop reading at the announcement of WandaVision, the forthcoming Scarlet Witch/Vision series starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, because a delightful Top Chef Junior-esque series with Angela from The Office awaits you.

Disney+ is slated for a November 12 launch in the U.S., and will set you back either $6.99 per month—considerably less than competitor Netflix—or $69.99 annually.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!

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Obligatory: $69 a year. Noice.

That being said, i was wondering what the price point for Disney+ was going to be. I don’t think its going to take out Netflix. At this point, Netflix has too much of a base of support, not to mention a nice catalog of original shows with fan bases. In a weird sort of way, I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney pulling up stakes at Netflix doesn’t end up benefiting Netflix overall. Netflix’s Disney and Disney-owned property library was always spotty and incomplete, and maybe by not having to hammer our expensive deals to keep Disney stuff on the platform (as well as axing some of its less successful original shows) Netflix will be able to trim the fat a little and maybe even lower its prices at some point (I know, probably not likely) or at the very least, maybe avoid having to do another price hike. But with most streaming plans being around $12, its not like its super expensive either.