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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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Chopped
Chopped
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Good Eats
Good Eats
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
The Chew
The Chew
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
MasterChef
MasterChef
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Snack-Off
Snack-Off
Two Fat Ladies
Two Fat Ladies
Sweet Genius
Sweet Genius
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
All-Star Academy
All-Star Academy
New York Live
New York Live
Big Game Bash
Big Game Bash
Food Fortunes
Food Fortunes
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Mexican Made Easy
Mexican Made Easy
Brunch @ Bobby's
Brunch @ Bobby's
Extra Virgin
Extra Virgin
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
Recipe Rehab
Recipe Rehab
Kimchi Chronicles
Kimchi Chronicles
Cool Kids Cooking
Cool Kids Cooking
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
The Illegal Eater
The Illegal Eater
A Bite of China
A Bite of China
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Mom's Cooking
Mom's Cooking
Gordon's Great Escape
Gordon's Great Escape
Crave
Crave
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
The Essence of Emeril
The Essence of Emeril
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Tasty Time With ZeFronk
Tasty Time With ZeFronk
Dinner at Tiffani's
Dinner at Tiffani's
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Late Nite Chef Fight
Late Nite Chef Fight
Edible Island
Edible Island
Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live
Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live
Tyler's Ultimate
Tyler's Ultimate
From Martha's Kitchen
From Martha's Kitchen
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan
Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan
Chopped Canada
Chopped Canada
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown
In the Kitchen With Hannibal
In the Kitchen With Hannibal
Breaking Borders
Breaking Borders
Cake
Cake
World Cuisine of the Black Forest
World Cuisine of the Black Forest
Denise Austin
Denise Austin
Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Paula's Home Cooking
Paula's Home Cooking
Fast Foods Gone Global
Fast Foods Gone Global
Grilling
Grilling
Deep Fried Masters
Deep Fried Masters
Restaurant Takeover
Restaurant Takeover
Restaurant Express
Restaurant Express
How to Live to 100
How to Live to 100
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Daphne Dishes
Daphne Dishes
Best. Ever.
Best. Ever.
Uncorked
Uncorked
The Chopping Block
The Chopping Block
The Chef's Kitchen
The Chef's Kitchen
Chef Academy
Chef Academy
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
Food Tech
Food Tech
Little Chocolatiers
Little Chocolatiers
Heston's Feasts
Heston's Feasts
Made in Spain
Made in Spain
Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving
Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving
Everyday Italian
Everyday Italian
Extreme Chef
Extreme Chef
The French Chef with Julia Child
The French Chef with Julia Child
Essential Pepin
Essential Pepin
Jamie's Meals in Minutes
Jamie's Meals in Minutes
Organic Gardening
Organic Gardening
Life After Top Chef
Life After Top Chef
At The Chef's Table
At The Chef's Table
Pairings with Andrea
Pairings with Andrea
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Panna Origins
Panna Origins
Chrissy Teigen: So Delushious!
Chrissy Teigen: So Delushious!
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
The Occasional Cook
The Occasional Cook
Howcast Food & Drink
Howcast Food & Drink
The Grill Sergeants
The Grill Sergeants
Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia
Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia
Donut Showdown
Donut Showdown
Belly Up
Belly Up
Restaurant Divided
Restaurant Divided
Rewrapped
Rewrapped
Hungry Investors
Hungry Investors
Baking Mad
Baking Mad
Thirsty For...
Thirsty For...
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Good Eats, Best of Snacks
Good Eats, Best of Snacks
The Naked Chef
The Naked Chef
Masterchef Canada
Masterchef Canada
Food Forward
Food Forward
Glamour Puds
Glamour Puds
Food Truck Face Off
Food Truck Face Off
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Hungry Games
Hungry Games
Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy
Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy
Cooking Channel TV Sampler
Cooking Channel TV Sampler
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
Good Eats, Best of Desserts
Good Eats, Best of Desserts
Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's Best Sabotages
Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's Best Sabotages
Pizza Masters
Pizza Masters
Best New Restaurant
Best New Restaurant
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
Unwrapped 2.0
Unwrapped 2.0
Rebel Without A Kitchen
Rebel Without A Kitchen
Man Finds Food
Man Finds Food
FoodMojo
FoodMojo
Cheflive Signature Dish
Cheflive Signature Dish
Molto Mario
Molto Mario
Sandra's Money Saving Meals
Sandra's Money Saving Meals
Emeril Green
Emeril Green
5 Ingredient Fix
5 Ingredient Fix
Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie
Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie
Martin Yan's Hong Kong
Martin Yan's Hong Kong
Rocco Gets Real
Rocco Gets Real
Family Style
Family Style
Chowdown Countdown
Chowdown Countdown
Big Chef Takes on Little Chef
Big Chef Takes on Little Chef
Blood, Sweat and Takeaways
Blood, Sweat and Takeaways
Confidential
Confidential
Man v. Food Presents Carnivore
Man v. Food Presents Carnivore
A Cook on the Wild Side
A Cook on the Wild Side
Garden Party
Garden Party
The View From River Cottage
The View From River Cottage
At the Table With...
At the Table With...
Food(ography)
Food(ography)
Grill It! with Bobby Flay
Grill It! with Bobby Flay
A Lyon in the Kitchen
A Lyon in the Kitchen
Culinary China
Culinary China
Beautiful Places in HD
Beautiful Places in HD
Avec Eric
Avec Eric
Just Cook This with Sam the Cooking Guy
Just Cook This with Sam the Cooking Guy
Gold Medal Plates
Gold Medal Plates
United Tastes of America
United Tastes of America
Dessert First
Dessert First
Paula's Best Dishes
Paula's Best Dishes
Aarti Party
Aarti Party
Hungry Girl
Hungry Girl
Kitchen Boss
Kitchen Boss
TV Dinners
TV Dinners
Chef's Table
Chef's Table
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
Cookery School
Cookery School
Best in Smoke
Best in Smoke
The Originals with Emeril
The Originals with Emeril
Sophie's Meat Course
Sophie's Meat Course
Cooking Up A Story
Cooking Up A Story
From Spain With Love
From Spain With Love
Tasteable
Tasteable
Julia Child
Julia Child
Hook, Line & Dinner
Hook, Line & Dinner
Chocolate Television
Chocolate Television
Holiday Kitchen
Holiday Kitchen
TastePlaces
TastePlaces
Summer Grilling
Summer Grilling
Christmas At the River Cottage
Christmas At the River Cottage
Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
wineFLIGHT
wineFLIGHT
Food: What Goes in your Basket?
Food: What Goes in your Basket?
Epicurious
Epicurious
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen
Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian
Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian
The Kitchen Diva
The Kitchen Diva
Simply Delicioso
Simply Delicioso
Food Network Originals
Food Network Originals
Food Network Chef Bobby Flay
Food Network Chef Bobby Flay