The Ultimate Guide to the Top Cooking Shows: From Anthony Bourdain to Taco Chronicles

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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and ignite your culinary passion as we dive into the captivating world of top cooking shows. From the daring globe-trotting adventures of Anthony Bourdain to the intense culinary battles of Hell's Kitchen, these shows have become a beloved part of our entertainment landscape. Join us as we explore the gastronomic delights of shows like Chef's Table, Cutthroat Kitchen, and The Great British Baking Show, and discover the mouthwatering secrets behind some of the most popular dishes on television. Whether you're a seasoned chef or just starting your culinary journey, these shows are sure to inspire, entertain, and leave you hungry for more.


Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown


Before achieving widespread fame, the late Anthony Bourdain made a name for himself as a chef in New York City. However, it was through his writing that he gained national recognition, particularly with his groundbreaking book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," which delved into the behind-the-scenes world of the restaurant industry.

Following his success as a writer, Bourdain ventured into hosting travel and food shows. He had several popular programs, including "No Reservations" and "The Layover," both of which aired on The Travel Channel. However, his final and most well-known show was "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," which was broadcast by CNN. This show documented Bourdain's travels to diverse locations such as Myanmar, Colombia, Libya, Congo, South Africa, Japan, and more.

What made "Parts Unknown" particularly appealing was Bourdain's preference for exploring local street food rather than high-end restaurants. He would dine on kabobs from roadside stands, grilled fish from neighborhood joints, and dumplings in people's homes, providing viewers with an authentic look at both the culture and Bourdain's charismatic personality.

“Every episode was real, and like life, there were no retakes. Anthony Bourdain traveled the world, explored local cuisine, and opened my eyes and heart to world topics and other political views I never would have even thought about.”*Michelle Hall, Escoffier Baking and Pastry Arts Chef Instructor


Top Chef


The reality show "Fast Foodies" on truTV, which premiered in 2021 and is returning for a second season in 2022, features renowned chefs Jeremy Ford, Kristen Kish, and Justin Sutherland. In each episode, these chefs attempt to recreate a celebrity guest's favorite fast food dish with their own innovative twists. The competition consists of three rounds, including a "copycat round" where the chefs replicate the guest's chosen dish and a "remix round" where they put their own spin on it while facing challenges from their competitors. The winner is awarded the "chompionship" trophy, while the losers endure punishments such as consuming a mixture of undesirable ingredients.

From a viewer's perspective, it is fascinating to discover the favorite fast food indulgences of celebrity guests, such as actor Joel McHale's love for Chicago-style hot dogs from Portillo's. Additionally, the show's lighthearted and playful nature adds to its appeal, offering a quick laugh without requiring significant investment in the series.


Ugly Delicious


Hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang, "Ugly Delicious" takes viewers on a lively journey around the world to explore local cuisines regardless of their presentation or appearance.

Similar to "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," "Ugly Delicious" follows a similar premise but stands out due to Chang's distinctive hosting style. The show also boasts numerous comedic guest stars, including Nick Kroll, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate McKinnon, and Ali Wong, who join Chang as they travel and indulge in various food experiences worldwide.

“The viewer should pay particular attention to what is asked and said by the chefs in the shows. Their passion and focus on the craft truly shines through.”*Christopher Moore, Escoffier Chef Instructor


French Food at Home


Cassoulet in an orange dishIf you're looking for a classic cooking show in the style of Julia Child, "French Food at Home" is a perfect choice. Hosted by James Beard Award winner Laura Calder, this show takes place in a home kitchen and features delicious everyday French dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and tarte Tatin. Calder effortlessly guides viewers through the preparation of these dishes with enthusiasm, making French cuisine approachable for home chefs.

The show received the James Beard Award for Best Cooking Show in a Fixed Location and ran for three successful seasons. With Calder's unassuming style, charming kitchen, and French-music background, "French Food at Home" provides a soothing contrast to fast-paced cooking competitions and travel shows. 

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While there are individuals who may not appreciate the persona of Gordon Ramsay, both within the culinary industry and in popular culture, it cannot be denied that he has created entertaining cooking shows. Although he did not create or host the original UK version of "MasterChef," Ramsay's previous TV series and reputation made him the perfect choice for the American iteration.

"MasterChef" distinguishes itself from other cooking competitions by placing a greater emphasis on the personal stories of the competing chefs. While these stories may sometimes seem simple and familiar, as noted by Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times, they contribute to the compelling nature of the show. The format of "MasterChef" has been adapted in numerous countries, spawning spin-offs such as "MasterChef Junior" and "MasterChef Latino," proving its enduring success.


Man Fire Food


While many cooking shows touch on barbeque, there are not nearly enough shows dedicated solely to this popular cuisine found in various regions. Recognizing this oversight, chef Roger Mooking created the series "Man Fire Food" for the Cooking Channel in 2012.

However, "Man Fire Food" is not limited to barbeque alone; it explores the art of cooking over an open flame in general. Mooking not only demonstrates his own techniques but also visits the homes and restaurants of fellow flame cooking experts to explore diverse cooking methods. The show showcases both traditional and unconventional foods that can be cooked over fire, expanding viewers' understanding of this versatile cooking style. Additionally, "Man Fire Food" features various pits, smokers, and other equipment used for cooking with fire, helping aspiring pitmasters choose the suitable tools for their own culinary adventures.


The Great Food Truck Race


Food trucks have played an increasingly significant role in the restaurant world over the past decade, and "The Great Food Truck Race" highlights these mobile eateries. Beyond focusing on the cooking that takes place inside the trucks, the show also sheds light on the business aspect of running a food truck. Additionally, "The Great Food Truck Race" incorporates a literal race element into its format. Nevertheless, the cooking remains a prominent aspect, showcasing how these seemingly unassuming trucks can produce high-quality gourmet meals.

To attract attention, food trucks often need to have eye-catching designs and fun gimmicks. This is a major source of entertainment in "The Great Food Truck Race." In each episode, viewers witness larger-than-life personalities actively promoting their trucks on the streets like carnival barkers, while the trucks themselves exude their own distinct personalities. 


The Kitchen


While cooking segments have long been a staple of talk shows, "The Kitchen" takes the concept a step further by building an entire talk show around cooking. While other attempts have been made, such as "The Chew" and "The Good Dish," none have achieved the same level of success as the Food Network's "The Kitchen." Since its debut in 2014, the show has featured a panel of hosts including Sunny Anderson ("Cooking For Real"), Jeff Mauro ("Sandwich King"), Katie Lee ("Iron Chef America"), and Alex Guarnaschelli ("Chopped"). Marcela Valladolid was one of the original hosts but departed from "The Kitchen" in 2017.

Each host shares personal stories and experiences related to preparing and enjoying food, giving the show a more intimate and personal feel compared to other cooking programs. "The Kitchen" avoids delving into fashion or news, focusing solely on cooking, which allows for a more focused and polished presentation. Furthermore, the recipes shared on the show are designed to be simple and achievable for viewers, making it possible to whip up a dish during or immediately after watching.


Hell's Kitchen


"Hell's Kitchen," hosted by Gordon Ramsay, is an undeniably entertaining and somewhat over-the-top cooking show. While Ramsay's intense persona and tendency to engage in shouting matches can be exaggerated, it has become a guilty pleasure for viewers. The fact that the show is broadcast on regular network television (Fox) rather than a cable channel and has achieved considerable success demonstrates its popularity.

For food enthusiasts, the show may not be particularly educational, as its primary focus is on the drama and competition rather than teaching viewers culinary techniques or recipes. However, there is a place within the genre for this fast-paced, style-over-substance type of reality show, and "Hell's Kitchen" has undeniably filled that role. In fact, its popularity is such that it has inspired multiple video game adaptations, making it one of the few cooking shows to have its own gaming presence.


Barefoot Contessa


When a cooking show strikes a chord with audiences, it can remain on the air for decades. This is the case with "Barefoot Contessa," which debuted on the Food Network in 2002 and continues to air to this day. As the currently longest-running daytime show on the Food Network, "Barefoot Contessa" has left an impressive mark on the culinary world.

The show's concept revolves around host Ina Garten preparing meals for family and friends at her home. This angle, while seemingly obvious, set "Barefoot Contessa" apart from its counterparts. The show's cinematic look, featuring quick cuts, dramatic pans, and close-ups of various stages of cooking and serving, further differentiates it from other cooking programs.

In addition to being a cooking show, "Barefoot Contessa" is known for its captivating and stylish presentation, creating a welcome change of pace from other series that prioritize speed and excitement rather than relaxation and indulgence.


East Meets West


While many shows feature Asian cuisine, there is a shortage of shows solely dedicated to Asian culinary traditions in the United States. The underappreciated "East Meets West," sometimes called "East Meets West with Ming Tsai," showcases chef Ming Tsai as he presents dishes that blend Asian and European influences, resulting in truly unique and flavorful meals. Premiering in 1998 and running until 2003 on the Food Network, "East Meets West" was ahead of its time, exploring Asian fusion cuisine before it gained widespread popularity.

One of the highlights of "East Meets West" was Ming Tsai himself. Known for his infectious personality, Tsai charmed viewers with his fun and friendly approach. The chef even made appearances on beloved children's shows, such as the PBS animated series "Arthur." Tsai's rise to fame made him a prominent celebrity chef for several years, leaving a lasting impression on the cooking show landscape.


America's Test Kitchen


While Julia Child may be the most recognizable name associated with PBS cooking shows, "America's Test Kitchen" has been a television staple since 2001, airing an impressive 500 episodes and counting. The show provides a fascinating insight into the world of test cooks, who rigorously evaluate recipes for restaurants and other purposes to determine their effectiveness and potential improvements.

Featuring the Test Kitchen, a real-life organization that conducts research and testing for magazines such as "Cook's Illustrated" and "Cook's Country," "America's Test Kitchen" was among the first of its kind. Although it paved the way for the rise of YouTube cooking shows, the original series remains the definitive production of its kind. While newer YouTube shows may come and go, "America's Test Kitchen" continues to thrive.


Everyday Italian


Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has become a prominent figure in the culinary world, captivating audiences with her own shows as well as guest appearances on various programs. Although "Giada at Home" marked her initial breakthrough, it is "Everyday Italian" that remains her signature cooking series.

"Everyday Italian," akin to the cinematic style of "Barefoot Contessa," showcases traditional Italian dishes, demonstrating how to prepare them in a straightforward manner. De Laurentiis adds her own American-inspired twists and flourishes to these dishes, making them accessible to a wider audience. The show often features De Laurentiis' family members, who contribute to the authentic Italian family cooking atmosphere. With her natural star quality, charismatic personality, and confident screen presence, De Laurentiis has ensured the enduring success of "Everyday Italian" for nearly 20 years.


Cutthroat Kitchen


Alton Brown will make multiple appearances on this list, but for now, let's focus on the highly entertaining and innovative cooking competition he hosted called "Cutthroat Kitchen." What sets this show apart from the myriad of other cooking competitions is its sabotaging element. At the beginning of each episode, contestants receive a bank of cash, which they can use to their advantage or to hinder their competitors. They have a limited time to decide how to integrate these sabotages into their multi-course meals.

This clever twist distinguishes "Cutthroat Kitchen" in a crowded genre of cooking reality shows. Although the show only aired for four years, it provided a refreshing take on the concept, inspiring future shows to explore new and innovative elements.


Emeril Live


While Julia Child may have been one of the first household name chefs, Emeril Lagasse is widely regarded as the first true celebrity chef. Unlike Child, Lagasse actively sought celebrity status and embraced it fully, evident in his larger-than-life screen presence and trademark catchphrase, "Bam!" He appeared in commercials and starred in his own sitcom, setting himself apart from Child's more reserved approach.

Lagasse's fame was anchored by his series "Emeril Live." Distinct from other cooking shows at the time, "Emeril Live" was filmed in front of a live audience, a rarity in cooking shows. It had a talk show-esque vibe and even featured a house band. Lagasse's impact on the last two decades of cooking shows and celebrity chefs solidifies his place as a culinary icon.


Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives


While Guy Fieri may not appeal to everyone, his show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" is undeniably one of the all-time great cooking shows. Rather than showcasing high-end and sophisticated establishments, "Triple D," as it is often called, focuses on legendary local diners, drive-ins, and dives. Fieri shares the screen with the chefs and owners of these establishments, allowing them to share their stories and demonstrating how their signature dishes are made. Through his enthusiastic approach, Fieri invites viewers to experience the beloved local food joints that both locals and tourists treasure. While he may seem overly enthusiastic about every dish, it helps draw attention to these hidden gems, making them must-visit destinations.




Of all the cooking competitions out there, "Chopped" and its various spin-offs aim to be the classiest and most reminiscent of a sport rather than a game. Each episode features a unique element that competitors only learn about moments before the competition begins. They must quickly decide how to incorporate this mystery ingredient into their multi-course meals before the timer starts ticking.

"Chopped" doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it presents the genre with a level of sophistication and polish that sets it apart from its peers. It strikes a balance between fun and professionalism, offering a refreshing alternative to other cooking reality shows by avoiding excessive flash, gimmicks, or interpersonal drama. 


The Exquisite Culinary Journey of Chef's Table


Netflix's "Chef's Table" is a relatively new addition to the world of cooking shows, but it has quickly become a standout in its genre. Unlike other cooking shows, "Chef's Table" is more than just a superficial look at food. Each episode delves deep into the life and artistry of a renowned chef, exploring both their professional accomplishments and personal journeys.

Netflix is known for investing heavily in its original content, and "Chef's Table" is no exception. The production value is top-notch, with each episode feeling more like a documentary dedicated to highlighting the chef's work. Some may criticize the show for being pretentious or inaccessible, but these are only subjective opinions. In reality, "Chef's Table" offers a unique and captivating viewing experience for anyone with an interest in the culinary world.


Rachael Ray's Practical and Relatable Approach in 30 Minute Meals


Rachael Ray has established herself as a down-to-earth celebrity chef, and her show "30 Minute Meals" perfectly reflects her approachable nature. In each episode, Ray demonstrates how to prepare an entire meal in under 30 minutes, catering to the busy lives of everyday people who don't have hours to spare in the kitchen.

What sets "30 Minute Meals" apart from other cooking shows is its authenticity. Ray isn't afraid to make mistakes or have her food turn out less than perfect. This down-to-earth approach makes the show relatable and enjoyable to watch, as viewers can see their own cooking mishaps mirrored on screen. For those looking for practical, time-saving tips and delicious recipes, "30 Minute Meals" is a must-watch.


The Irresistible Allure of Iron Chef


While there are numerous cooking shows that originated from other countries, "Iron Chef" stands out as a true masterpiece. Unlike its American adaptations, the original Japanese version of the show has a unique charm that cannot be replicated. From the innovative and novel dishes created by the competitors to the intense and serious atmosphere maintained by the announcers and judges, every moment of "Iron Chef" captivates the audience.

Whether you choose to watch the original or one of its iterations, "Iron Chef" is an unparalleled cooking competition that never fails to impress. In addition, the show has recently received a reboot on Netflix called "Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend," hosted by the iconic Alton Brown.


Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations: A Journey of Food and Human Connection


"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" is more than just a cooking show. Although it primarily aired on the Travel Channel, the heart of the show lies in exploring different cultures and the way food brings people together. Host Anthony Bourdain, a renowned chef and author, takes viewers on a culinary adventure, showcasing the preparation, serving, and sharing of food in various locations worldwide.

The show has a bittersweet and poignant tone, especially following Bourdain's untimely passing in 2018. It highlights the universal nature of food and its power to bridge the gap between cultures and individuals. From famous tourist destinations to little-known villages, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" exposes viewers to hidden culinary treasures and unites them through a shared love of food.


The Timeless Charm and Legacy of The French Chef


"The French Chef" holds a special place in the world of cooking shows, and that's not just because of Julia Child's contributions. As one of the first cooking shows to gain popularity, "The French Chef" remains a classic even amidst the countless cooking shows that followed.

In the 1960s, when few Americans were exposed to cuisine beyond their own, "The French Chef" introduced French food to a wide audience. Child not only showcased French dishes but also taught viewers how to recreate them in their own kitchens. Her larger-than-life personality, infectious smile, and positive attitude contributed to making the show a defining moment in culinary television history.


The Cozy and Charming Atmosphere of The Great British Baking Show


Few cooking competitions offer the same level of comfort and warmth as "The Great British Baking Show." From challenging bakes to lovable contestants, the show captures the essence of home baking. What truly sets it apart is the presence of gifted amateur bakers who create elaborate and mouthwatering creations.

Watching the show inspires viewers to put on their own aprons and try their hand at baking. It's a reminder that delicious, homemade treats can bring joy to both the bakers and those who enjoy their creations. Just be wary of the dreaded "soggy bottom"!


Chef's Table: Pizza - A Delicious Slice of Culinary Artistry


For those looking for a lighthearted food show, "Nailed It!" offers a hilarious and refreshing take. Hosted by comedian Nicole Byer and judged by pastry chef Jacques Torres, the show aims to bring laughter and entertainment to the world of baking. Amateur bakers compete for a chance to recreate pastry masterpieces and win a $10,000 prize, resulting in hilarious and often disastrous attempts.

What sets "Nailed It!" apart is the infectious energy and humor of Nicole Byer. Her genuine enthusiasm and enjoyment make each episode a delight to watch, even when the bakers' creations fall short. The chaotic and unscripted nature of the show adds to its charm, giving hope to even the worst bakers in the world.


Best in Dough - Elevating the Art of Pizza Making


If you're a pizza fan, "Best in Dough" is the show for you. Released on Hulu and Disney in 2022, the show explores the world of pizza from unique and unexpected angles. Host Wells Adams, alongside a panel of judges, challenges competitors to create innovative and mouthwatering pizzas.

Each episode presents a different set of challenges, highlighting the versatility and creativity of pizza. From Italian grandmothers to college students, the show features a diverse range of contestants who bring their own flair to the beloved dish. "Best in Dough" is a refreshing and unique take on the traditional cooking competition that pizza lovers won't want to miss.


Drink Masters - Mixing Up the World of Mixology


Competitive food shows often focus solely on food, but "Drink Masters" on Netflix brings the art of mixology to the forefront. Contestants use their mixology skills to create unique and innovative cocktails, injecting culinary-inspired ingredients into their creations. Host Tone Bell keeps viewers entertained with his humor and wit, while a panel of judges evaluates each round.

For those interested in mixology or simply looking for a refreshing twist on traditional cocktails, "Drink Masters" offers a delightful and informative viewing experience. The show highlights the use of fruits, botanicals, and other culinary elements in mixology, transforming it into a beautiful art form.


The Bear - A Heartfelt Tale of Family and Food


"The Bear" on FX goes beyond being just another cooking show. The series follows the life of Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto, a young chef who returns to Chicago to run his family's sandwich shop after the death of his brother. Balancing running a small business, navigating a new family dynamic, and finding himself, Carmy embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

While food is at the center of the show, it also delves into the emotional and personal aspects of the restaurant industry. "The Bear" showcases the connections formed in a kitchen and explores universal themes of family, identity, and growth. This heartfelt and raw series resonates with anyone who has experienced the challenges and joys of the culinary world.


The Tiny Chef Show - A Fun and Educational Culinary Adventure for Kids


"The Tiny Chef Show" is a delightful television show that introduces children to the world of plant-based cooking. Each episode follows the adventures of Tiny Chef, a small herbivore who teaches kids about cooking using plants. Voiced by RuPaul, the show combines problem-solving, kitchen safety, and friendship in an educational and entertaining format.

With a focus on teaching children the joy of cooking, "The Tiny Chef Show" incorporates different segments, such as discussing specific dishes and interviewing celebrity guests. The lighthearted and fun nature of the show, along with its educational value, makes it a perfect choice for young aspiring chefs.


Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - A Culinary Exploration of Culture


"Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey through the culinary history and flavors of various regions in Italy. The show features American actor Stanley Tucci as he explores the rich cultural and culinary traditions of different Italian regions, from Sardinia to Liguria.

Beyond the mouthwatering food, the show places a strong emphasis on the connection between food and Italian culture. Each episode provides a deep dive into the food and stories behind it, featuring Michelin-starred chefs, local purveyors, and food enthusiasts. "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" is a must-watch for anyone interested in Italian cuisine and culture.


Waffles & Mochi - A Kid-Friendly Cooking Adventure with Michelle Obama


Hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama, "Waffles & Mochi" is a delightful cooking show for kids on Netflix. The show follows the journey of puppet hosts Waffle and Mochi as they travel from the "land of frozen foods" to explore different ingredients and learn about cooking. Each episode features food media figures and chefs, offering educational and entertaining segments.

While the show may have some drawbacks in terms of addressing systemic equity issues related to food choices, it focuses on teaching kids about eating with knowledge and working together. "Waffles & Mochi" offers positive messages about food, patience, and friendship, making it a fantastic choice for young viewers.


Take Out with Lisa Ling - Uncovering the Stories Behind Asian Takeout


"Take Out with Lisa Ling" is a unique and captivating show that explores the history and contributions of Asian Americans in the takeout food industry. Hosted by journalist Lisa Ling, the show highlights the stories of individuals who have shaped the American culinary landscape through their takeout businesses.

The show goes beyond mere food exploration, delving into the personal journeys and experiences of Asian Americans in the food industry. From tracing the origins of takeout food to discovering the diversity of Asian culinary traditions, "Take Out with Lisa Ling" offers an enlightening and inspiring look into a lesser-explored aspect of American cuisine.


Top Chef: A Dynamic Mix of Culinary Competition and Reality Television


"Top Chef" has become a beloved and enduring cooking competition that combines elements of reality television and culinary excellence. Hosted by Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons, the show challenges contestants with various cooking tasks and showcases their skills in a high-stakes competition.

What sets "Top Chef" apart is its focus on creating incredible dishes rather than relying on drama and conflict. The show has gained praise for its recent season, which emphasizes culinary talent and the art of cooking rather than explosive confrontations. "Top Chef" offers a blend of entertainment, delicious food, and a genuine passion for culinary excellence.


Fast Foodies - Elevating Fast Food to Fine Dining


"Fast Foodies" is a unique cooking show that aims to elevate fast food to a gourmet level. Hosted by Kristen Kish, Jeremy Ford, and Justin Sutherland, the show challenges chefs to recreate fast food classics with a sophisticated twist. Contestants work with a range of ingredients, from burgers to tacos, to create refined dishes that pay homage to fast food favorites.

What sets "Fast Foodies" apart is its ability to transform seemingly ordinary fast food items into culinary masterpieces. The show combines the familiarity of fast food with the creativity and skill of top chefs, resulting in a captivating and mouthwatering viewing experience.


The Big Brunch - Redefining Brunch with Dan Levy


"The Big Brunch" on HBO Max is a fresh take on the traditional cooking competition centered around brunch. Hosted by Dan Levy, the show challenges competitors to put their own spin on classic brunch dishes in a two-round showdown for a $300,000 prize.

Unlike other cooking shows, "The Big Brunch" focuses on the individual stories and journeys of the competitors, creating a more personal and heartfelt viewing experience. The show has received praise for its diverse range of contestants and its emphasis on showcasing their unique personalities. If you're looking for a feel-good cooking show with a delicious twist, "The Big Brunch" is a must-watch.


Somebody Feed Phil - A Heartwarming Culinary Journey Around the World


"Somebody Feed Phil" follows the adventures of Phil Rosenthal, a producer known for his work on "Everybody Loves Raymond." In each episode, Rosenthal travels to different locations around the world, immersing himself in the local cuisine and culture.

What sets "Somebody Feed Phil" apart is Rosenthal's infectious enthusiasm for food and travel. The show balances showcasing the historical context of dishes and culinary traditions with heartfelt moments, including conversations with his parents. Rosenthal's lack of formal culinary training adds to the genuine and relatable nature of the show, making it a delightful and entertaining watch.


Chefs vs. Wild - A Culinary Adventure in the Wilderness


For those craving a unique cooking competition, "Chefs vs. Wild" on Hulu offers a thrilling twist. Each episode features two chefs dropped into the wilderness, where they must forage for ingredients and create restaurant-worthy meals with limited resources. With the help of survivalist partners, the chefs face the challenge of adapting their culinary skills to their rugged environment.

"Chefs vs. Wild" combines the competitive nature of cooking shows with the unpredictable and adventurous elements of wilderness survival. It offers a refreshing and unconventional take on cooking competitions, filled with both cutthroat competitiveness and dramatic reality television moments.


High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America


Netflix has a talent for creating impressive cooking shows, but High on the Hog goes beyond that. In this captivating four-part docuseries, food journalist Stephen Satterfield takes us on a journey exploring the influence of African cuisine in both West Africa and the United States. The series not only celebrates the rich culture and culinary traditions, but also encourages viewers to recognize and appreciate the complex origins of our global food history. It is a powerful reminder of the connection between food and family traditions, inspiring us to value the diverse heritage that shapes our meals.

* —Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: High on the Hog is now available on Netflix.


Salt Fat Acid Heat


Two women, including host Samin Nosrat, eat cheese in front of a wall of cheese wheels

Indulging in cheese with Samin Nosrat is a delightful experience.

Credit: Netflix

Combining elements of a cooking show and a travel show, Salt Fat Acid Heat is a true masterpiece that warms the heart. Join chef and author Samin Nosrat as she explores the four fundamental components of great flavor. From Italy to Japan, from Mexico to the United States, the series offers glimpses of mouthwatering dishes from around the world. Nosrat's enthusiasm for exceptional food is contagious, and by the end of the series, you'll find yourself savoring every dish you make with the same passion she has for aged cheese or a superb soy sauce.

How to watch: Salt Fat Acid Heat is now available on Netflix.


School of Chocolate


A chocolate sculpture of an octopus climbing up the bottom of a lighthouse.

Indulge in the world of chocolate!

Credit: Netflix

If you love baking competitions but dislike the idea of elimination, then School of Chocolate is the perfect show for you. Unlike traditional competition formats, this show feels more like a masterclass where everyone has an opportunity to learn and improve. Eight chefs embark on a journey to study the art of chocolate and pastry under the guidance of chef and master chocolatier Amaury Guichon. Throughout the show, they receive invaluable tips and feedback, and we, the viewers, get to marvel at the stunning chocolate creations. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved!

How to watch: School of Chocolate is now available on Netflix.


Taco Chronicles


Taco Chronicles presents the incredible versatility of tacos. Each episode delves into the history and various preparation styles of different types of tacos, featuring interviews with food writers, historians, and, of course, taco vendors. This focused approach allows the show to explore the essence of what makes tacos so amazing and beloved. If you're not craving tacos by the end of the first episode, you must possess an extraordinary resistance to temptation.

How to watch: Taco Chronicles is now available on Netflix.

With the wide range of top cooking shows available today, there is no shortage of delicious culinary adventures to embark on from the comfort of your own home. From the bold and adventurous travels of Anthony Bourdain to the intense competition of MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen, these shows offer a tantalizing glimpse into the world of professional cooking. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or just looking to expand your culinary repertoire, these shows provide endless inspiration and entertainment. So grab a seat in front of the TV and get ready to be transported to a world of flavors and creativity. Bon appétit!

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