Whether you’re seeking tips to sharpen your own skills or just want to relax and watch great chefs create mouthwatering dishes, there’s a cooking show out there for you. In fact, cooking shows are so popular that you might have a hard time narrowing down your options. To get you started, here are six of the finest food-related shows available to watch on TV or your favorite streaming service.
“America’s Test Kitchen”
If you’re a cooking beginner or looking to expand your repertoire in the kitchen, “America’s Test Kitchen” is a must-watch. In each half-hour episode, professional chefs explore cooking themes and recipes, demonstrate techniques, share time-saving tips, and recommend the best kitchen tools for home cooks. “America’s Test Kitchen” airs on PBS affiliates across the country, and episodes can be purchased on the show’s website or services like Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
For 12 seasons on CNN, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” colorfully presented the beloved chef and author’s globetrotting adventures in cuisine and culture. In each episode, Bourdain would visit a different country or region, learning about its history, meeting new people, and eating a vast array of local food specialties. The entire series is currently available to stream for HBO Max members, and episodes can be purchased from several other major streaming services.
Fascinated by the world’s greatest chefs and what makes them tick? “Chef’s Table” is the series for you. Each gorgeously shot episode highlights a specific chef and stands as a short film in its own right. As you watch, you’ll learn about this person’s path to greatness, the way they live, and the art and craft of how they cook. The show is available exclusively on Netflix, including six seasons of the original and a pair of spinoffs: “Chef’s Table: BBQ” and “Chef’s Table: France.”
Created and hosted by chef and author Alton Brown, “Good Eats” teaches audiences about cooking in a highly creative and entertaining format. Using humor, storytelling, and guest actors, Brown delves into the history of food, the science behind how cooking works, and the techniques required to make specific recipes. “Good Eats” originally aired on the Food Network for 14 seasons, and you can currently buy these episodes on many different streaming platforms. A new season titled “Good Eats: The Return” is streaming exclusively on Discovery+.
“The Great British Baking Show”
Despite its cooking-competition format, the BBC’s “Great British Baking Show” is an incredibly cozy and relaxing series. Throughout each season, contestants show off their skills in the kitchen by tackling difficult (and delicious) dessert challenges — but in a warm and supportive environment. The show’s primary U.S. home is Netflix, where you can currently stream five seasons plus spinoffs like “The Great British Baking Show: Holidays.”
“Salt Fat Acid Heat”
Based on Samin Nosrat’s award-winning cookbook, “Salt Fat Acid Heat” is a short but fascinating series that delves deeply into these four essential cooking elements. Each episode of this Netflix-exclusive show focuses on a different element as showcased by cuisines from Italy, Japan, China, and Iranian immigrants. Nosrat herself is the host, contributing humor and curiosity aplenty as she travels around the world to deepen her knowledge.
Need some inspiration in your home kitchen or some entertainment to while away the weekend? You can’t go wrong settling in with any of these six shows.