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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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    The Great British Baking Show
    Next Level Chef
    Next Level Chef
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    Chopped
    Chopped
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Hot Ones
    Hot Ones
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Cupcake Wars
    Cupcake Wars
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    MasterChef
    MasterChef
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Guy's Grocery Games
    The Kitchen
    The Kitchen
    Selena + Chef
    Selena + Chef
    Girl Meets Farm
    Girl Meets Farm
    Barefoot Contessa
    Barefoot Contessa
    Hell's Kitchen
    Hell's Kitchen
    MasterChef Junior
    MasterChef Junior
    America's Test Kitchen
    America's Test Kitchen
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Cake Wars
    Cake Wars
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Good Eats
    Good Eats
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Cook's Country
    Cook's Country
    Chopped Junior
    Chopped Junior
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Tournament of Champions
    Tournament of Champions
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Masterchef Canada
    Masterchef Canada
    Bizarre Foods
    Bizarre Foods
    Come Dine With Me
    Come Dine With Me
    Cheat Day USA
    Cheat Day USA
    Table Wars
    Table Wars
    Baketopia
    Baketopia
    BBQ Pitmasters
    BBQ Pitmasters
    Buddy vs. Duff
    Buddy vs. Duff
    The Zimmern List
    The Zimmern List
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines
    Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines
    Paula's Home Cooking
    Paula's Home Cooking
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
    Halloween Wars
    Halloween Wars
    The French Chef with Julia Child
    The French Chef with Julia Child
    A Chef's Life
    A Chef's Life
    Carnival Eats
    Carnival Eats
    Giada in Italy
    Giada in Italy
    Nailed It
    Nailed It
    Chef's Table
    Chef's Table
    Crave
    Crave
    Best Places to Pig Out
    Best Places to Pig Out
    Milk Street Television
    Milk Street Television
    Iron Chef
    Iron Chef
    The Next Iron Chef
    The Next Iron Chef
    Maryland Farm & Harvest
    Maryland Farm & Harvest
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Farmhouse Rules
    Farmhouse Rules
    Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip
    Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip
    Gordon Behind Bars
    Gordon Behind Bars
    Well Done With Sebastian Maniscalco
    Well Done With Sebastian Maniscalco
    30 Minute Meals
    30 Minute Meals
    Mary McCartney Serves It Up
    Mary McCartney Serves It Up
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
    Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
    Royal Recipes
    Royal Recipes
    The Burger Show
    The Burger Show
    Rotten
    Rotten
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Somebody Feed Phil
    The Chef Show
    The Chef Show
    Crime Scene Kitchen
    Crime Scene Kitchen
    Fast Foodies
    Fast Foodies
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    The Kindness Diaries
    The Kindness Diaries
    The F Word
    The F Word
    A Taste of History
    A Taste of History
    Chopped Canada
    Chopped Canada
    Snack-Off
    Snack-Off
    Holiday Wars
    Holiday Wars
    I'll Have What Phil's Having
    I'll Have What Phil's Having
    Nadiya Bakes
    Nadiya Bakes
    Baking Impossible
    Baking Impossible
    Huang's World
    Huang's World
    Restaurant Stakeout
    Restaurant Stakeout
    Top Chef Jr.
    Top Chef Jr.
    Spring Baking Championship
    Spring Baking Championship
    Best Baker in America
    Best Baker in America
    Candy Land
    Candy Land
    Dangerous Roads
    Dangerous Roads
    Gourmet Detective
    Gourmet Detective
    Tia Mowry at Home
    Tia Mowry at Home
    Food Network Holidays
    Food Network Holidays
    Everyday Italian
    Everyday Italian
    The American Baking Competition
    The American Baking Competition