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
Chopped
Chopped
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Carnival Kings
Carnival Kings
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Halloween Wars
Halloween Wars
Holiday Baking Championship
Holiday Baking Championship
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Baked
Baked
Man's Greatest Food
Man's Greatest Food
Gordon's Great Escape
Gordon's Great Escape
Winner Cake All
Winner Cake All
Nailed It
Nailed It
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Crave
Crave
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show
Good Eats: Reloaded
Good Eats: Reloaded
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cake Wars
Cake Wars
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Crazy Cakes
Crazy Cakes
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Girl Meets Farm
Girl Meets Farm
Favorite Foods USA
Favorite Foods USA
The Kindness Diaries
The Kindness Diaries
No Passport Required
No Passport Required
Spring Baking Championship
Spring Baking Championship
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
MasterChef
MasterChef
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Deep Fried Masters
Deep Fried Masters
Baked in Vermont
Baked in Vermont
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Bake It Like Buddy
Bake It Like Buddy
Raj Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan
Raj Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan
Million Pound Menu
Million Pound Menu
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Food Quest
Food Quest
The Great American Baking Show
The Great American Baking Show
Lidia's Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
Cooks vs. Cons
Cooks vs. Cons
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Rotten
Rotten
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
The Zimmern List
The Zimmern List
A Taste of History
A Taste of History
Late Nite Chef Fight
Late Nite Chef Fight
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Good Eats
Good Eats
Food Paradise International
Food Paradise International
Uncorked
Uncorked
Food Porn
Food Porn
Food Network Thanksgiving
Food Network Thanksgiving
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
American Diner Revival
American Diner Revival
The Taste
The Taste
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
No Kitchen Required
No Kitchen Required
Gastronomad: Cooking With Style
Gastronomad: Cooking With Style
Ugly Delicious
Ugly Delicious
Broke Bites: What the Fung?!
Broke Bites: What the Fung?!
I'll Have What Phil's Having
I'll Have What Phil's Having
The Chew
The Chew
Ridiculous Cakes
Ridiculous Cakes
All-Star Academy
All-Star Academy
Chopped Junior
Chopped Junior
Late Nite Eats
Late Nite Eats
Ultimate Summer Cook-Off
Ultimate Summer Cook-Off
Guilty Pleasures
Guilty Pleasures
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
Food Network Holidays
Food Network Holidays
30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals
Tasty
Tasty
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
Sugar Rush
Sugar Rush
Best Places to Pig Out
Best Places to Pig Out
Great Chefs - Great Cities
Great Chefs - Great Cities
The F Word
The F Word
The Grill of Victory
The Grill of Victory
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen
The Paleo Way
The Paleo Way
Rewrapped
Rewrapped
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
Food: Delicious Science
Food: Delicious Science
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
Food Network Competition Shows TV Sampler
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