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The best cooking competition shows, hosted by some of television's most entertaining celebrity chefs, have become one of the must-watch genres on television. Some of the best shows on television right now take place in a kitchen, and the best cooking shows on TV are the reason.

While the cooking show has been around almost since the advent of TV (Julia Child was a thing long before Meryl Streep played her), in recent years we have seen the rise of the cooking competition show. Whether you tune in to Top Chef on Bravo or Netflix to see elite chefs battle for the title of best chef, or Masterchef which features home cooks battling it out to see if they have the chops to compete with the pros, reality cooking competition shows have become must-watch entertainment for the culinarily curious. Adding to the mix are timed challenge cooking competition reality shows like Chopped and Cupcake Wars which put cooks in the kitchen but under extreme pressure to produce great food or go home.

Which reality cooking competitions are the best? What is the most entertaining cooking competition show? Who are the best hosts of reality cooking competition shows? Vote on your favorite reality TV cooking competition show here to find out. If you don't see your favorite reality cooking show listed, make sure to add it to the greatest cooking competition show list so other viewers can make it their top cooking competition show. No matter what type of cooking contest you like, there is definitely something out there for you.
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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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MasterChef USA is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MasterChef USA Gordon Ramsey, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot

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525 178
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
woogyjones50 added Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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481 269
Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Top Chef Masters Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

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470 321
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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402 247
Chopped Champions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

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408 100
Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Sh├│naMcCormick added Cutthroat Kitchen Alton Brown

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459 350
Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

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235 57
The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
qweruioqwyeruio added The Great British Bake Off Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

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357 127
MasterChef Australia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
kfresan added MasterChef Australia Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Matt Preston

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Worst Cooks in America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Worst Cooks in America Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence

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Food Network Challenge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Food Network Challenge Keegan Gerhard^! Kerry Vincent^! Claire Robinson

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The Next Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
The Next Iron Chef Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arpaia

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Mae-AmarUnda added Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

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197 113
Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MikeTrujillo added Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hiroyuki Sakai

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Top Chef: Just Desserts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Top Chef: Just Desserts Gail Simmons, Johnny Iuzzini, Danielle Kyrillos

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167 83
The Next Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

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Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Throwdown! with Bobby Flay Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Miriam Garron

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238 223
Next Great Baker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Next Great Baker Buddy Valastro, Letty Alvarez, James Brown

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228 236
The Taste is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
The Taste Anthony Bourdain Nigella Lawson Ludo Lefebvre Marcus Samuelsson

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97 90
Top Chef Canada is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
kfresan added Top Chef Canada Lisa Ray, Thea Andrews

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150 290
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Coo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Rachael Ray^! Guy Fieri^! Lou Diamond Phillips

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119 89
Ramsay's Best Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
DannyLatcovich added Ramsay's Best Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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160 60
Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Mae-AmarUnda added Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay

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126 45
The Great Food Truck Race is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
PattiSchadel added The Great Food Truck Race Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

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97 108
My Kitchen Rules is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
kfresan added My Kitchen Rules

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134 259
Sweet Genius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Sweet Genius Ron Ben-Israel

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76 85
Chopped: Canada is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Chopped: Canada Dean McDermott

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23 12
MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

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Cooks Vs Cons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Cooks Vs Cons

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80 46
Guy's Grocery Games is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
bojanthebest added Guy's Grocery Games

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41 114
Paula's Home Cooking is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MarvinTalley added Paula's Home Cooking Paula Deen^! Bobby Deen^! Jamie Deen

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Celebrity Masterchef is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
ayoub majdouline added Celebrity Masterchef

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Kids Baking Championship is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Jade Aldii added Kids Baking Championship Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli, Natalie Venable

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61 245
Chef Academy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Chef Academy Jean-Christophe Novelli, Michelle Kennedy, Steve Kitchen

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49 54
Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
ayoub majdouline added Masterchef (UK) Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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Ramsay's Best Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
DannyLatcovich added Ramsay's Best Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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Battle of the Chefs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Joseph Bunga added Battle of the Chefs