10 of Our Favorite Cooking Shows in Modern TV History

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There’s just something about cooking shows we can’t get enough of. We love watching different show concepts as long as it has to do with food and cooking.

Within the past 50 years, we’ve had a slew of great cooking shows that have made their mark in the culinary industry. Personalities like Anthony Bourdain, Rachael Ray, Wolfgang Puck, and a whole lot more have made a name for themselves through some of these shows.

Whether these shows take place in a studio or a fine dining restaurant complete with all the luxury silverware, they have provided us with a good balance of entertainment and information that found its way into our lives.

Here are our 10 all-time favorite cooking shows:

10 of the Our Favorite Cooking Shows of All-Time

1. Good Eats

Air Date: 1999-2012

If there’s one thing Alton Brown did with this show that we love, it’s how he made the science behind cooking as cool and as fun as the actual cooking itself.

2. Iron Chef

Air Date: 1993-1999

It might not be a game show, but the excitement was as real as it gets with the commentators bringing life into Iron Chef as the contestants hurried about in their quest to best all the others.

3. Molto Mario

Air Date: 1997-2007

Watching Molto Mario is a whole new kind of experience as Mario Batali can take you on a journey that will flood your mind with meaningful information and personal experiences that translate very well into his dish.

4. Top Chef

Air Date: 2006-Present

Top Chef revolutionized American cooking shows, being the first show to present creative challenges for the competitors and a more intimate look at their lives outside the kitchen.

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5. East Meets West with Ming Tsai

Air Date: 1998-2003

When Ming Tsai entered the scene, he bridged the gap between the supposed humdrum world of cooking and being cool and filled in the void for Asian cooking shows.

6. The French Chef

Air Date: 1963-1973

Why do we love The French Chef? Because this was the show that started it all. Perhaps no other cooking show has influenced America as much as Julia Child’s program.

7. America’s Test Kitchen

Air Date: 2001-Present

America’s Test Kitchen may not be as popular or as mainstream as the others on this list but its simplicity and exploratory approach make it one enjoyable show.

8. Hell’s Kitchen

Air Date: 2005-Present

We just needed a really good excuse to squeeze in Chef Gordon Ramsay on this list. He may be harsh, but he absolutely knows what he’s doing. He’s kind of like the X-Man, Wolverine, the best at what he does.

9. Chopped

Air Date: 2007-Present

Four chefs. Three rounds. $10,000. One show. No pretenses. No sugarcoating. It’s an all-out brawl.

10. Two Fat Ladies

Air Date: 1996-1999

We absolutely love this show! What’s not to love? You have two ladies driving around to different locations on a motorcycle and a sidecar, and never hold back on the lard and butter. Sweet!

What about you? Do you have anything else to add to this list? What’s your top ten list like?

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