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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The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Behind the Bar
Behind the Bar
MasterChef
MasterChef
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Chopped
Chopped
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
The Chew
The Chew
Spring Baking Championship
Spring Baking Championship
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Good Eats
Good Eats
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Cake Wars
Cake Wars
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
I'll Have What Phil's Having
Come Dine With Me
Carnival Eats
The Great British Baking Show
The Zimmern List
Giada in Italy
Beat Bobby Flay
Food: Delicious Science
Top Secret Recipe
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
BBQ Pitmasters
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Ridiculous Cakes
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Cook's Country
A Taste of History
Martha Bakes
Holiday Baking Championship
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Nailed It
Man Finds Food
Milk Street Television
Lidia's Italy
Dish
Nigellissima
A Chef's Life
Farmhouse Rules
Zumbo's Just Desserts
Positively Paula
Bizarre Foods
Recipe.TV
Food Fetish
The Farm
Cultural Flavors: Foods Of The World
Paula's Best Dishes
Fresh with Anna Olson
Chefs A'Field
America's Test Kitchen
Paula's Home Cooking
The Great American Baking Show
Chef's Table
Julia Child
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Bizarre Foods America
Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
Taste of Australia
Gastronomad: Cooking With Style
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Jack of All Tastes
Fast Food Mania
Guy's Family Road Trip
It's Easy To Be Vegan: A Step-by-Step Guide To A Healthy Vegan Lifestyle And Plant Based Eating For The Whole Family, Be
BBQ with Franklin
Gastro Blast
Flavours of Peru
Great Chefs - Great Cities
Obsev Food - On The Rocks
K-Pop Tasty Road
Loving Spoonfuls
Real Food Real Kitchens
Mondovino: The Complete Series
Masterchef Canada
The Chef
Food Forward
Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
Jacques Pepin Celebrates!
The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking
At The Chef's Table
The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking
A Bite of China
The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts
Thirsty For...
Bread - Sourdough Bread Baking
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
Family Style with Chef Jeff
Worth It
Food: A Cultural Culinary History
Hungry Girl