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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MasterChef
MasterChef
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Chopped
Chopped
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Recipe Rehab
Recipe Rehab
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Epic Meal Empire
Epic Meal Empire
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
The Chew
The Chew
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
Mom's Cooking
Mom's Cooking
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Good Eats
Good Eats
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Cake Wars
Cake Wars
Live with Kelly & Michael
Live with Kelly & Michael
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Steak Out with Kix Brooks
Steak Out with Kix Brooks
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
New York Live
New York Live
The Next Great Burger
The Next Great Burger
Sweet Genius
Sweet Genius
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
BBQ Pit Wars
BBQ Pit Wars
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Food Forward
Food Forward
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Daphne Dishes
Daphne Dishes
Supermarket Superstar
Supermarket Superstar
Happiness Is On The Plate
Happiness Is On The Plate
Snack-Off
Snack-Off
Unwrapped 2.0
Unwrapped 2.0
Brunch @ Bobby's
Brunch @ Bobby's
Two Fat Ladies
Two Fat Ladies
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Food Tech
Food Tech
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
The French Chef with Julia Child
The French Chef with Julia Child
Kimchi Chronicles
Kimchi Chronicles
Kylie Kwong
Kylie Kwong
Tasty Time With ZeFronk
Tasty Time With ZeFronk
How to Live to 100
How to Live to 100
King of Cones
King of Cones
Taco Trip
Taco Trip
The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef
Mexican Made Easy
Mexican Made Easy
Extra Virgin
Extra Virgin
Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Giada's Weekend Getaways
Everyday Italian
Everyday Italian
Halloween Wars
Halloween Wars
30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals
Essential Pepin
Essential Pepin
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef
Billy Connolly's Route 66
Billy Connolly's Route 66
Rachael Ray's 3 in the Bag
Rachael Ray's 3 in the Bag
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
Bite This with Nadia G
Bite This with Nadia G
A Taste of History
A Taste of History
Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Big Chef Takes on Little Chef
Big Chef Takes on Little Chef
Gordon's Great Escape
Gordon's Great Escape
Denise Austin
Denise Austin
Avec Eric
Avec Eric
Hungry Girl
Hungry Girl
Kitchen Boss
Kitchen Boss
Chef's Table
Chef's Table
Crave
Crave
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Food Network Game Time
Food Network Game Time
Emeril's Table
Emeril's Table
A Taste of Asia
A Taste of Asia
The Supersizers Go
The Supersizers Go
Surfing the Menu
Surfing the Menu
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
The Essence of Emeril
The Essence of Emeril
Bobby Flay Fit
Bobby Flay Fit
Appetite For Asia
Appetite For Asia
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
Belly Up
Belly Up