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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 Chew
The Chew
MasterChef
MasterChef
Chopped
Chopped
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Beat Bobby Flay
Beat Bobby Flay
Bizarre Foods
Bizarre Foods
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Good Eats
Good Eats
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Carnival Eats
Carnival Eats
Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
Cajun Aces
Cajun Aces
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Carnival Kings
Carnival Kings
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Southern and Hungry
Southern and Hungry
Farmhouse Rules
Farmhouse Rules
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Chopped Junior
Chopped Junior
Lidia's Kitchen
Lidia's Kitchen
Sweet Genius
Sweet Genius
Girl Meets Farm
Girl Meets Farm
Lords and Ladles
Lords and Ladles
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Spring Baking Championship
Spring Baking Championship
Ultimate Summer Cook-Off
Ultimate Summer Cook-Off
Food Porn
Food Porn
Wedding Cake Championship
Wedding Cake Championship
Reality Cupcakes
Reality Cupcakes
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
Baked in Vermont
Baked in Vermont
Deep Fried Masters
Deep Fried Masters
Comfort Food Tour
Comfort Food Tour
Giada on the Beach
Giada on the Beach
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
Patti LaBelle's Place
Patti LaBelle's Place
Brunch @ Bobby's
Brunch @ Bobby's
Come Dine With Me
Come Dine With Me
Seaside Snacks & Shacks
Seaside Snacks & Shacks
Snack-Off
Snack-Off
Ridiculous Cakes
Ridiculous Cakes
The F Word
The F Word
BBQ with Franklin
BBQ with Franklin
Southern At Heart
Southern At Heart
Nailed It
Nailed It
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Cake Wars
Cake Wars
Martha Bakes
Martha Bakes
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Recipe.TV
Recipe.TV
Sugar Rush
Sugar Rush
Bizarre Foods America
Bizarre Foods America
Zumbo's Just Desserts
Zumbo's Just Desserts
Chef's Table
Chef's Table
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Masterchef Canada
Masterchef Canada
Million Pound Menu
Million Pound Menu
Raj Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan
Raj Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Mom's Cooking
Mom's Cooking
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Ayesha's Home Kitchen
Gourmet Detective
Gourmet Detective
Cake Masters
Cake Masters
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Best Cake Wins
Best Cake Wins
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Rachael Ray's Week in a Day
Sanrachna
Sanrachna
Positively Paula
Positively Paula
Food: Fact or Fiction?
Food: Fact or Fiction?
Restaurant Stakeout
Restaurant Stakeout
Donut Showdown
Donut Showdown
Halloween Wars
Halloween Wars
Bread - Sourdough Bread Baking
Bread - Sourdough Bread Baking
Food For Thought
Food For Thought
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
Ramsay's Best Restaurant
30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals
Dish
Dish
Milk Street Television
Milk Street Television
Top Chef Duels
Top Chef Duels
Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club
Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club
MasterChef Celebrity Showdown
MasterChef Celebrity Showdown
The Zimmern List
The Zimmern List
The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef
Behind the Bar
Behind the Bar
Uncorked
Uncorked
The Farm
The Farm
The Illegal Eater
The Illegal Eater
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