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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
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Lidia's Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
MasterChef
MasterChef
I'll Have What Phil's Having
I'll Have What Phil's Having
Chopped
Chopped
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
The Chew
The Chew
A Taste of History
A Taste of History
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
The Zimmern List
The Zimmern List
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Good Eats
Good Eats
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Come Dine With Me
The Great British Baking Show
Guy's Grocery Games
Spring Baking Championship
Beat Bobby Flay
The Next Iron Chef
Sweet Genius
Holiday Baking Championship
Carnival Eats
Patti LaBelle's Place
Halloween Wars
Cooks vs. Cons
Food: Delicious Science
Chopped Junior
Martha Bakes
Behind the Bar
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Cook's Country
Top Secret Recipe
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
Pressure Cooker
Iron Chef Showdown
Food: Fact or Fiction?
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Man Finds Food
Knife Fight
Milk Street Television
Masterchef Canada
Zumbo's Just Desserts
Rotten
Giada in Italy
Fast Food Mania
Dish
The Farm
Loving Spoonfuls
America's Test Kitchen
The Great American Baking Show
Nigellissima
Positively Paula
Gordon's Great Escape
Bizarre Foods America
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Taste of Australia
Gastronomad: Cooking With Style
Jack of All Tastes
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
BBQ Pitmasters
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
K-Pop Tasty Road
Chef's Table
Food Fetish
Cultural Flavors: Foods Of The World
Paula's Best Dishes
Real Food Real Kitchens
Fresh with Anna Olson
Mondovino: The Complete Series
The Chef
Chefs A'Field
Food Forward
Jacques Pepin Celebrates!
The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
A Cook's Tour
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
Lidia's Italy