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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
    The Great British Baking Show
    The Great British Baking Show
    Hot Ones
    Hot Ones
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
    Hell's Kitchen
    Hell's Kitchen
    Girl Meets Farm
    Girl Meets Farm
    The Kitchen
    The Kitchen
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Beat Bobby Flay
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Guy's Grocery Games
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Zumbo's Just Desserts
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Trisha's Southern Kitchen
    Cupcake Wars
    Cupcake Wars
    MasterChef Junior
    MasterChef Junior
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    Barefoot Contessa
    Barefoot Contessa
    Next Level Chef
    Next Level Chef
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    Cook's Country
    Cook's Country
    BBQ Pitmasters
    BBQ Pitmasters
    America's Test Kitchen
    America's Test Kitchen
    Bake Squad
    Bake Squad
    Good Eats
    Good Eats
    Nailed It
    Nailed It
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Somebody Feed Phil
    Cake Wars
    Cake Wars
    Bizarre Foods
    Bizarre Foods
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    Rotten
    Rotten
    Masterchef Canada
    Masterchef Canada
    Tournament of Champions
    Tournament of Champions
    Guy's Ranch Kitchen
    Guy's Ranch Kitchen
    30 Minute Meals
    30 Minute Meals
    The Great American Recipe
    The Great American Recipe
    Top Secret Recipe
    Top Secret Recipe
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
    Chopped Junior
    Chopped Junior
    Carnival Eats
    Carnival Eats
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Holiday Baking Championship
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
    Baketopia
    Baketopia
    Sugar Rush
    Sugar Rush
    Selena + Chef
    Selena + Chef
    The French Chef with Julia Child
    The French Chef with Julia Child
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Delicious Miss Brown
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Lidia's Kitchen
    Easy Dessert Recipes
    Easy Dessert Recipes
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Supermarket Stakeout
    Well Done With Sebastian Maniscalco
    Well Done With Sebastian Maniscalco
    Iron Chef
    Iron Chef
    Man's Greatest Food
    Man's Greatest Food
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Good Eats: Reloaded
    Chef's Table
    Chef's Table
    The Kindness Diaries
    The Kindness Diaries
    Family Dinner
    Family Dinner
    Everyday Italian
    Everyday Italian
    The Next Iron Chef
    The Next Iron Chef
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Down to Earth with Zac Efron
    Spring Baking Championship
    Spring Baking Championship
    Restaurant Stakeout
    Restaurant Stakeout
    Pressure Cooker
    Pressure Cooker
    Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
    Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
    Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines
    Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Christmas Cookie Challenge
    Cooks vs. Cons
    Cooks vs. Cons
    Chef's Table: Pizza
    Chef's Table: Pizza
    Worth It
    Worth It
    The Zimmern List
    The Zimmern List
    Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
    Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
    Is It Cake?
    Is It Cake?
    Halloween Wars
    Halloween Wars
    The Globe
    The Globe
    Live with Kelly & Michael
    Live with Kelly & Michael
    Dinner at Tiffani's
    Dinner at Tiffani's
    Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
    Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
    No Passport Required
    No Passport Required
    BBQ with Franklin
    BBQ with Franklin
    Quick Fix Meals With Robin Miller
    Quick Fix Meals With Robin Miller
    Kane's Kitchen
    Kane's Kitchen
    Nadiya Bakes
    Nadiya Bakes
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
    Lords and Ladles
    Lords and Ladles
    Giada in Italy
    Giada in Italy
    Buddy vs. Duff
    Buddy vs. Duff
    A Taste of History
    A Taste of History
    Hungry Investors
    Hungry Investors
    A Chef's Life
    A Chef's Life
    MasterChef Celebrity Showdown
    MasterChef Celebrity Showdown
    Culinary China
    Culinary China
    Mom's Cooking
    Mom's Cooking
    Guilty Pleasures
    Guilty Pleasures
    The Big Bake
    The Big Bake
    Drink Masters
    Drink Masters
    Fresh, Fried & Crispy
    Fresh, Fried & Crispy
    Royal Recipes
    Royal Recipes
    Gourmet Detective
    Gourmet Detective