Love cooking? Love TV? How about watching cooking on TV? Here are some of my favorite cooking shows to watch when I’m looking to be entertained, inspired, and amazed.
In this show, Alton Brown explains the science of cooking—why things work they way they do in the kitchen. His quirky sense of humor and interesting viewpoint (including a camera in the fridge and one in the oven as well) entertain while he educates. You can watch Season 13 on Hulu.
Cook’s Country is produced by America’s Test Kitchen. Host Christopher Kimball dives into the history of certain recipes, explains the science behind the cooking, or discusses definitions of cooking terminology. Filmed in Vermont at an old farmhouse, the ambiance of the show, the rapport between chefs, and watching each recipe come together keeps me coming back for more. Season 7 is currently available on Amazon Prime Video.
The Great British Baking Show
Many reality cooking shows turn me off with their intense, highly crafted drama, and the tension between competitors. The Great British Baking Show, however, is delightful. I may have been drawn in simply due to the British accents, but I also love the challenges, and thoroughly enjoy watching the amateur bakers grow in abilities while tackling difficult baking projects. This is currently available on Netflix.
This documentary from Netflix is a deep dive into the life stories behind some of the world’s most famous chefs. I love learning about the paths passionate, successful people have taken in their lives to get to where they are today. With beautiful cinematography, this show is a feast for your eyes and your heart.
As I said before, I’m not usually a fan of reality TV, but I love watching MasterChef Junior. The kids who compete on this show are highly accomplished chefs, willing to take risks and be creative, and best of all, are supportive of one another. The judges are positive and encouraging, and really seem to relish in watching the kids experiment and grow as chefs. Season 5 is available on Hulu.