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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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    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    MasterChef
    MasterChef
    Chopped
    Chopped
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Girl Meets Farm
    Girl Meets Farm
    The Great British Baking Show
    The Great British Baking Show
    MasterChef Junior
    MasterChef Junior
    Selena + Chef
    Selena + Chef
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Chopped Junior
    Chopped Junior
    Cupcake Wars
    Cupcake Wars
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Barefoot Contessa
    Barefoot Contessa
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Pig Goat Banana Cricket
    Pig Goat Banana Cricket
    Halloween Wars
    Halloween Wars
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Good Eats
    Good Eats
    Hell's Kitchen
    Hell's Kitchen
    The Kitchen
    The Kitchen
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Buddy vs. Duff
    Buddy vs. Duff
    Top Chef Jr.
    Top Chef Jr.
    Cook's Country
    Cook's Country
    America's Test Kitchen
    America's Test Kitchen
    Spring Baking Championship
    Spring Baking Championship
    Chef's Table
    Chef's Table
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    BBQ Pitmasters
    BBQ Pitmasters
    Masterchef Canada
    Masterchef Canada
    Carnival Eats
    Carnival Eats
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge
    Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge
    Cake Wars
    Cake Wars
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Guy's Ranch Kitchen
    Guy's Ranch Kitchen
    Nailed It
    Nailed It
    Giada in Italy
    Giada in Italy
    Milk Street Television
    Milk Street Television
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
    Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
    30 Minute Meals
    30 Minute Meals
    The Kindness Diaries
    The Kindness Diaries
    Bizarre Foods
    Bizarre Foods
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Gordon's Great Escape
    Gordon's Great Escape
    Jamie's Quick & Easy Food
    Jamie's Quick & Easy Food
    Top Secret Recipe
    Top Secret Recipe
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Mary McCartney Serves It Up
    Mary McCartney Serves It Up
    Farmhouse Rules
    Farmhouse Rules
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Yum and Yummer
    Yum and Yummer
    Mom's Cooking
    Mom's Cooking
    The Zimmern List
    The Zimmern List
    Kitchen Boss
    Kitchen Boss
    Rotten
    Rotten
    Man's Greatest Food
    Man's Greatest Food
    Britain's Best Home Cook
    Britain's Best Home Cook
    A Chef's Life
    A Chef's Life
    I'll Have What Phil's Having
    I'll Have What Phil's Having
    Amy Schumer Learns to Cook
    Amy Schumer Learns to Cook
    Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
    Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
    Sugar Rush
    Sugar Rush
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
    Cooks vs. Cons
    Cooks vs. Cons
    Unwrapped 2.0
    Unwrapped 2.0
    Ramsay's Best Restaurant
    Ramsay's Best Restaurant
    A Taste of History
    A Taste of History
    Bakery Boss
    Bakery Boss
    The Chef Show
    The Chef Show
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Food Tech
    Food Tech
    Chopped Sweets
    Chopped Sweets
    Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
    Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
    Tia Mowry at Home
    Tia Mowry at Home
    Deep Fried Masters
    Deep Fried Masters
    Restaurant Express
    Restaurant Express
    Snack-Off
    Snack-Off
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Salt Fat Acid Heat
    Salt Fat Acid Heat
    Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
    Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
    Dinner at Tiffani's
    Dinner at Tiffani's
    Gordon Ramsay's F Word
    Gordon Ramsay's F Word
    Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
    Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
    Holiday Wars
    Holiday Wars
    Food Factory USA
    Food Factory USA
    Fast Foodies
    Fast Foodies
    Bizarre Foods America
    Bizarre Foods America
    Flavorful Origins
    Flavorful Origins
    Winner Cake All
    Winner Cake All
    Sweet Genius
    Sweet Genius
    Gordon Behind Bars
    Gordon Behind Bars