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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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MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Chopped
Chopped
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Good Eats
Good Eats
MasterChef
MasterChef
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
The Chew
The Chew
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Sweet Genius
Sweet Genius
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Snack-Off
Snack-Off
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
The Supersizers Go
The Supersizers Go
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Denise Austin
Denise Austin
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
The Taste
The Taste
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
House of Food
House of Food
A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
Chopped Canada
Chopped Canada
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Big Game Bash
Big Game Bash
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
Two Fat Ladies
Two Fat Ladies
Mom's Cooking
Mom's Cooking
From Martha's Kitchen
From Martha's Kitchen
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
A Bite of China
A Bite of China
Cool Kids Cooking
Cool Kids Cooking
Eric Greenspan is Hungry
Eric Greenspan is Hungry
The Illegal Eater
The Illegal Eater
Made in Spain
Made in Spain
Masterchef Canada
Masterchef Canada
Supermarket Superstar
Supermarket Superstar
Brunch @ Bobby's
Brunch @ Bobby's
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
New York Live
New York Live
Late Nite Chef Fight
Late Nite Chef Fight
Edible Island
Edible Island
Everyday Italian
Everyday Italian
Food Forward
Food Forward
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan
Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown
Kimchi Chronicles
Kimchi Chronicles
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef
In the Kitchen With Hannibal
In the Kitchen With Hannibal
On the Menu
On the Menu
Recipe Rehab
Recipe Rehab
Julia Child
Julia Child
The Farm
The Farm
Crave
Crave
30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals
Fast Foods Gone Global
Fast Foods Gone Global
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
World Cuisine of the Black Forest
World Cuisine of the Black Forest
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Holiday Baking Championship
Holiday Baking Championship
Heston's Feasts
Heston's Feasts
Best New Restaurant
Best New Restaurant
Best. Ever.
Best. Ever.
Top Chef Duels
Top Chef Duels
The Occasional Cook
The Occasional Cook
Surfing the Menu
Surfing the Menu
Real Food Real Kitchens
Real Food Real Kitchens
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
Food Truck Face Off
Food Truck Face Off
Food Network Holidays
Food Network Holidays
Food Factory USA
Food Factory USA
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Paula's Home Cooking
Paula's Home Cooking
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
Chef Academy
Chef Academy
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's Best Sabotages
Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's Best Sabotages
The Chef's Kitchen
The Chef's Kitchen
No Kitchen Required
No Kitchen Required
Recipe.TV
Recipe.TV
Good Eats, Best of Desserts
Good Eats, Best of Desserts
Heartland Table
Heartland Table