Food TV Shows


About Food

Food has been a part of television from almost the beginning, and the TV chef has been a popular character in American culture for the better part of a century. Chef and cookbook author James Beard hosted the first network cooking show in the 1940s, establishing a genre that would eventually lead to entire cable networks devoted to the nuances of food preparation. The contemporary food show, however, is often much less about food than its ancestors were.

Early TV cooking shows were often concerned as much with advertising as they were with cooking instruction. Sponsors’ products—kitchen appliances, gadgets and food products—were promoted openly and enthusiastically. By the time Julia Child hit the airwaves with her The French Chef in 1963, though, the cooking show had becomes a more serious mixture of entertainment and education, giving home cooks an enjoyable way to learn how to cook new dishes.

In recent years, the food genre has broadened to include a range of program types. The celebrity-chef cooking show remains popular, but the reality and game show genres have reached into the realm of food, as well. In competitive cooking shows, chefs work individually or in teams to create dishes which are evaluated by a panel of judges. In one type of reality food show, a celebrity chef helps to make over struggling restaurants; in these shows, the focus is generally on the interpersonal drama of the situations rather than on the details of food preparation.

Yet another food-TV genre merges the cooking show with a travelogue, as a host seeks out interesting dishes in far-flung locales; the culinary subjects may be regional delicacies, exotic cuisines or otherwise unusual fare. Some of these shows have an educational component, as the host looks on while the local chef shows the audience how to prepare the dishes.

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The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
The Chew
The Chew
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Chopped
Chopped
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
MasterChef
MasterChef
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
I'll Have What Phil's Having
I'll Have What Phil's Having
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Cake Wars
Cake Wars
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
Good Eats
Good Eats
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
A Chef's Life
MasterChef Junior
Top Secret Recipe
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Giada in Italy
Holiday Baking Championship
Rotten
Chopped Junior
Zumbo's Just Desserts
Duff Till Dawn
Patti LaBelle's Place
A Bite of China
Ridiculous Cakes
Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
Snack-Off
Baked in Vermont
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Southern and Hungry
The Supersizers Go
Tia Mowry at Home
Martha Bakes
A Taste of History
Farmhouse Rules
Loving Spoonfuls
Bread - Sourdough Bread Baking
Milk Street Television
The Great American Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show
The Bobby and Damaris Show
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Lidia's Italy
Taste of Australia
Gastronomad: Cooking With Style
Jack of All Tastes
BBQ with Franklin
Gastro Blast
Flavours of Peru
Great Chefs - Great Cities
Obsev Food - On The Rocks
K-Pop Tasty Road
Guy's Grocery Games: Last Judge Standing
Food Fetish
Behind the Bar
The Farm
Cultural Flavors: Foods Of The World
Paula's Best Dishes
Real Food Real Kitchens
When Patrick Met Kylie: A Love of Food Story
Mondovino: The Complete Series
The Chef
Chefs A'Field
Food Forward
Cutthroat Kitchen
Jacques Pepin Celebrates!
A Cook's Tour
America's Test Kitchen
The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking
At The Chef's Table
Paula's Home Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts
Thirsty For...
Family Style with Chef Jeff
Worth It
Food: A Cultural Culinary History
Fast Food Mania
Top Chef Jr.
Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking
Sweet Genius
Katie Brown Workshop
Two Fat Ladies
Cake Boss Specials
New York Live
The Taste
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
Nigellissima