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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Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Nailed It
Nailed It
Chopped
Chopped
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Carnival Kings
Carnival Kings
Halloween Wars
Halloween Wars
Baked
Baked
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Holiday Baking Championship
Holiday Baking Championship
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show
Girl Meets Farm
Girl Meets Farm
Man's Greatest Food
Man's Greatest Food
Cake Wars
Cake Wars
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Iron Chef Gauntlet
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
Guy's Ranch Kitchen
Guy's Ranch Kitchen
Bake It Like Buddy
Bake It Like Buddy
MasterChef
MasterChef
American Diner Revival
American Diner Revival
The Great American Baking Show
The Great American Baking Show
Good Eats
Good Eats
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Chef's Table
Chef's Table
Spring Baking Championship
Spring Baking Championship
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
Good Eats: Reloaded
Good Eats: Reloaded
The Grill of Victory
The Grill of Victory
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Raj Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan
Raj Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
The Zimmern List
The Zimmern List
Favorite Foods USA
Favorite Foods USA
Cooks vs. Cons
Cooks vs. Cons
Scraps
Scraps
Late Nite Eats
Late Nite Eats
Ugly Delicious
Ugly Delicious
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
The F Word
The F Word
Chopped Junior
Chopped Junior
Baked in Vermont
Baked in Vermont
Man Finds Food
Man Finds Food
The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure
The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure
Mom's Cooking
Mom's Cooking
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Food Porn
Food Porn
Chef Race: UK vs U.S.
Chef Race: UK vs U.S.
Brunch @ Bobby's
Brunch @ Bobby's
Food: Delicious Science
Food: Delicious Science
Dinner at Tiffani's
Dinner at Tiffani's
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Sweet Genius
Sweet Genius
The Kindness Diaries
The Kindness Diaries
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Salt Fat Acid Heat
The Taste
The Taste
Giada in Italy
Giada in Italy
30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals
Great Chefs - Great Cities
Great Chefs - Great Cities
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
No Passport Required
No Passport Required
Southern and Hungry
Southern and Hungry
Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip
Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip
Somebody Feed Phil
Somebody Feed Phil
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club
Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club
Best Cake Wins
Best Cake Wins
Cooking on High
Cooking on High
Taste of the Country
Taste of the Country
On the Menu
On the Menu
All-Star Academy
All-Star Academy
Burger Land
Burger Land
A Taste of History
A Taste of History
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Kane's Kitchen
Kane's Kitchen
Martha Bakes
Martha Bakes
Bakery Boss
Bakery Boss
Giada's Holiday Handbook
Giada's Holiday Handbook
Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello
Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello
How to Live to 100
How to Live to 100
American Grilled
American Grilled
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Ginormous Food
Ginormous Food
Kitchen Boss
Kitchen Boss
The Food Nanny
The Food Nanny
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods