Whether you're a professional chef, an amateur baker or a person who has no interest in cooking, there’s a cooking show out there for everyone. Luckily, streaming services have made it easier than ever to access your favorite cooking shows at the touch of a button. If you love cooking shows but are overwhelmed by all the options, keep reading to discover the best cooking shows of all time to inspire your next binge.
From cooking competitions to instructional cooking shows that teach you how to make delicious meals, there are different types of cooking shows available. You can travel the world in a single series of Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour or sit tight in the English countryside in The Great British Baking Show.
Guy Fieri travels around the USA visiting some of the most popular restaurants in each state. Most of the restaurants he visits are family-run businesses that have become an institution in their town, but the one thing that unites them all is some seriously mouth-watering food. In each restaurant, users are treated to a few cooking segments which show how they cook their most popular dish, usually with a secret sauce or a world-renowned seasoning mix thrown in there for good luck.
Julia Child's the French Chef has been airing since 1962 and remains as popular today as it did 60 years ago. The premise is extremely simple, Julia picks a dish to make and then makes it. It was originally created in order to show people that they could cook delicious meals without having to pay restaurant prices, with that sentiment staying with the show up until today.
The main reason the show has remained so popular is thanks to Julia Child herself. Her onscreen personality is charming and alluring, and she’s able to make each and every dish look like a breeze to assemble. So, if you need some inspiration about what to cook for dinner this week or have an upcoming dinner party you aren't prepared for, put on The French Chef, and inspiration will strike.
Gordon Ramsay creates a high-stakes competition between two teams of chefs all battling to become the head chef of a restaurant. The show itself is based inside a studio kitchen in a restaurant, giving it a fast-paced high-stakes feel. You also get all of Gordon Ramsay's swearing, aggression, and out-of-control persona on screen too. The original series began in 2005, and it was renewed for a 22nd series in 2022.
You are brought into these chefs' lives and their kitchens as you learn more about them and what made them the chefs they are today. You might know Gelb for his previous documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, in which he follows 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, learning about his philosophy of cooking. Chef's Table adopts a similar approach, but you are treated to a different chef every episode.
From cake week to pastry week, these bakers make everything you can think of. Each episode has three rounds, the signature round, the technical round, and the showstopper round giving the bakers ample opportunity to showcase their talents. Some of the show's winners have gone on to have thriving baking careers themselves, such as Nadiya Hussain.
Barefoot Contessa is another Food Network instant hit. The show first aired in 2002 and Ina Garten's classic cooking show is still going strong today. It has an extremely homely vibe thanks to the fact that it is filmed in Garten's very own home kitchen. Family is at the center of this show, as all her meals are cooked for loved ones, which is why so many homemakers have taken inspiration from Barefoot Contessa for years.