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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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Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
The Chew
The Chew
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Chopped
Chopped
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Snack-Off
Snack-Off
Good Eats
Good Eats
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
MasterChef
MasterChef
Sweet Genius
Sweet Genius
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Brunch @ Bobby's
Brunch @ Bobby's
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
New York Live
New York Live
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
Two Fat Ladies
Two Fat Ladies
Denise Austin
Denise Austin
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Food Tech
Food Tech
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Extra Virgin
Extra Virgin
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Recipe Rehab
Recipe Rehab
Essential Pepin
Essential Pepin
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
Everyday Italian
Everyday Italian
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Mom's Cooking
Mom's Cooking
Big Game Bash
Big Game Bash
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
The French Chef with Julia Child
The French Chef with Julia Child
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Best New Restaurant
Best New Restaurant
The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
The Taste
The Taste
Chopped Canada
Chopped Canada
30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals
Cool Kids Cooking
Cool Kids Cooking
Frankenfood
Frankenfood
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Heartland Table
Heartland Table
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
On the Menu
On the Menu
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
The Naked Chef
The Naked Chef
The Illegal Eater
The Illegal Eater
Julia Child
Julia Child
Late Nite Chef Fight
Late Nite Chef Fight
Food Forward
Food Forward
A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour
Food For Thought
Food For Thought
Unwrapped 2.0
Unwrapped 2.0
The Chef's Kitchen
The Chef's Kitchen
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Edible Island
Edible Island
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
5 Ingredient Fix
5 Ingredient Fix
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian
Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian
Recipe.TV
Recipe.TV
Kimchi Chronicles
Kimchi Chronicles
Paula's Home Cooking
Paula's Home Cooking
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan
Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan
In the Kitchen With Hannibal
In the Kitchen With Hannibal
All-Star Academy
All-Star Academy
Avec Eric
Avec Eric
Made in Spain
Made in Spain
Paula's Best Dishes
Paula's Best Dishes
Fast Foods Gone Global
Fast Foods Gone Global
Feed the Beast
Feed the Beast
A Bite of China
A Bite of China
Daphne Dishes
Daphne Dishes
Halloween Wars
Halloween Wars
Rewrapped
Rewrapped
Bakery Boss
Bakery Boss
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Masterchef Canada
Masterchef Canada
Food Network Specials
Food Network Specials
World Cuisine of the Black Forest
World Cuisine of the Black Forest
Taco Trip
Taco Trip
All You Can Eat
All You Can Eat
Restaurant Takeover
Restaurant Takeover
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Thirsty For...
Thirsty For...
Bizarre Foods America
Bizarre Foods America
The Supersizers Go
The Supersizers Go
Best of Bizarre Foods
Best of Bizarre Foods
No Reservations
No Reservations
Rebel Without A Kitchen
Rebel Without A Kitchen
BBQ Pit Wars
BBQ Pit Wars
Hungry Investors
Hungry Investors
Baking Mad
Baking Mad
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Best. Ever.
Best. Ever.
The Occasional Cook
The Occasional Cook
The New York Times Dining
The New York Times Dining
Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's Best Sabotages
Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's Best Sabotages
The Chef
The Chef
Good Eats, Best of Snacks
Good Eats, Best of Snacks
Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy
Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy
Howcast Food & Drink
Howcast Food & Drink
The Grill Sergeants
The Grill Sergeants
Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia
Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Glamour Puds
Glamour Puds
Donut Showdown
Donut Showdown
The Essence of Emeril
The Essence of Emeril
Cooking Channel TV Sampler
Cooking Channel TV Sampler
Extreme Chef
Extreme Chef
Life After Top Chef
Life After Top Chef
Billy Connolly's Route 66
Billy Connolly's Route 66
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
At The Chef's Table
At The Chef's Table
Good Eats, Best of Desserts
Good Eats, Best of Desserts
Pairings with Andrea
Pairings with Andrea
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
The Farm
The Farm
Crave
Crave
Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving
Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving
Little Chocolatiers
Little Chocolatiers
Gordon's Great Escape
Gordon's Great Escape
TV Dinners
TV Dinners
Mexican Made Easy
Mexican Made Easy
Emeril's Table
Emeril's Table
The Chopping Block
The Chopping Block
Food Network Holidays
Food Network Holidays
Chef Academy
Chef Academy
Dinner at Tiffani's
Dinner at Tiffani's
Aarti Party
Aarti Party
Hungry Girl
Hungry Girl
Kitchen Boss
Kitchen Boss
Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
Panna Recipes
Panna Recipes
Restaurant Redemption
Restaurant Redemption
Chef's Table
Chef's Table
House of Food
House of Food
Dessert First
Dessert First
Beautiful Places in HD
Beautiful Places in HD
Just Cook This with Sam the Cooking Guy
Just Cook This with Sam the Cooking Guy
Gold Medal Plates
Gold Medal Plates
Cultural Flavors: Foods Of The World
Cultural Flavors: Foods Of The World
Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations, Best of Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations, Best of Bourdain
Good Eats: Best of Summer
Good Eats: Best of Summer
Chefs A'Field: Kids On The Farm
Chefs A'Field: Kids On The Farm
United Tastes of America
United Tastes of America
Chow Masters
Chow Masters
America's Best Cook
America's Best Cook
America's Best Cooks
America's Best Cooks
Restaurant Divided
Restaurant Divided
Kitchen Casino
Kitchen Casino
Rachael Ray's 3 in the Bag
Rachael Ray's 3 in the Bag
You Gotta Eat Here
You Gotta Eat Here
Spice of Life with Bal Arneson
Spice of Life with Bal Arneson
Thieves, Inc.
Thieves, Inc.
Tasty Time With ZeFronk
Tasty Time With ZeFronk
Cooking Specials
Cooking Specials
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
Tyler's Ultimate
Tyler's Ultimate
Belly Up
Belly Up
Deep Fried Masters
Deep Fried Masters
The Shed
The Shed
Loving Spoonfuls
Loving Spoonfuls
Cooking Up A Story
Cooking Up A Story
Grilling
Grilling
Duet
Duet
Sophie's Meat Course
Sophie's Meat Course
The Originals with Emeril
The Originals with Emeril
The Inn Crowd
The Inn Crowd
How to Live to 100
How to Live to 100
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
Great Chefs: Specials
Great Chefs: Specials
Come Dine With Me (US)
Come Dine With Me (US)
Best in Chow
Best in Chow
Iron Chef USA
Iron Chef USA
Cookery School
Cookery School
On the Rocks
On the Rocks
Best in Smoke
Best in Smoke
Restaurant Express
Restaurant Express