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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.

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    Chopped
    Chopped
    MasterChef
    MasterChef
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Girl Meets Farm
    Girl Meets Farm
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Cupcake Wars
    Cupcake Wars
    Hell's Kitchen
    Hell's Kitchen
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    The Great British Baking Show
    The Great British Baking Show
    America's Test Kitchen
    America's Test Kitchen
    Good Eats
    Good Eats
    MasterChef Junior
    MasterChef Junior
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Crime Scene Kitchen
    Crime Scene Kitchen
    BBQ Pitmasters
    BBQ Pitmasters
    The Kitchen
    The Kitchen
    Barefoot Contessa
    Barefoot Contessa
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Baketopia
    Baketopia
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Cake Wars
    Cake Wars
    Buddy vs. Duff
    Buddy vs. Duff
    Chopped Junior
    Chopped Junior
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Carnival Eats
    Carnival Eats
    Hot Ones
    Hot Ones
    Selena + Chef
    Selena + Chef
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Bizarre Foods
    Bizarre Foods
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Cook's Country
    Cook's Country
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Masterchef Canada
    Masterchef Canada
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Tournament of Champions
    Tournament of Champions
    30 Minute Meals
    30 Minute Meals
    BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon
    BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon
    Nailed It
    Nailed It
    Top Chef Amateurs
    Top Chef Amateurs
    Man's Greatest Food
    Man's Greatest Food
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
    The Zimmern List
    The Zimmern List
    Giada in Italy
    Giada in Italy
    Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
    Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
    Snack-Off
    Snack-Off
    BBQ with Franklin
    BBQ with Franklin
    The Next Iron Chef
    The Next Iron Chef
    Sugar Rush
    Sugar Rush
    Halloween Wars
    Halloween Wars
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Mom's Cooking
    Mom's Cooking
    Symon's Dinners Cooking Out
    Symon's Dinners Cooking Out
    Chef's Table
    Chef's Table
    Food Porn
    Food Porn
    Spring Baking Championship
    Spring Baking Championship
    The Kindness Diaries
    The Kindness Diaries
    Paula's Home Cooking
    Paula's Home Cooking
    Worth It
    Worth It
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Kane's Kitchen
    Kane's Kitchen
    Yum and Yummer
    Yum and Yummer
    Food Factory USA
    Food Factory USA
    I'll Have What Phil's Having
    I'll Have What Phil's Having
    Big Bad BBQ Brawl
    Big Bad BBQ Brawl
    Pig Goat Banana Cricket
    Pig Goat Banana Cricket
    Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines
    Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines
    Huang's World
    Huang's World
    The French Chef with Julia Child
    The French Chef with Julia Child
    Everyday Italian
    Everyday Italian
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Southern and Hungry
    Southern and Hungry
    Giada's Weekend Getaways
    Giada's Weekend Getaways
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Sweet Genius
    Sweet Genius
    Bake It Like Buddy
    Bake It Like Buddy
    Food Flirts
    Food Flirts
    Bizarre Foods America
    Bizarre Foods America
    Chopped Sweets
    Chopped Sweets
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    The Chef Show
    The Chef Show
    Guy's Ranch Kitchen
    Guy's Ranch Kitchen
    Top Chef Jr.
    Top Chef Jr.
    Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
    Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
    Crave
    Crave
    Winner Cake All
    Winner Cake All
    American Diner Revival
    American Diner Revival
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Restaurant Stakeout
    Restaurant Stakeout
    Baked
    Baked
    Nadiya Bakes
    Nadiya Bakes
    Family Restaurant Rivals
    Family Restaurant Rivals
    Food Fortunes
    Food Fortunes
    Guilty Pleasures
    Guilty Pleasures
    Cooks vs. Cons
    Cooks vs. Cons