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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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MasterChef USA is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MasterChef USA Gordon Ramsey, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot MasterChef USA is an American competitive cooking show that aired on PBS from 2000 to 2001. The series was hosted by Gary Rhodes. The series was directly formatted from BBC's MasterChef, which ...more

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried Hell's Kitchen is an American reality television cooking competition broadcast on Fox. It is hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Fox had announced that Hell's Kitchen was renewed for a 13th ...more

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and Michael Krupat, with executive producer Linda Lea, and hosted by Ted Allen that pits four chefs against ...more

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
woogyjones50 added Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more

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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis Iron Chef America: The Series is an American cooking show based on Fuji Television's Iron Chef, and is the second American adaptation of the series, following the failed Iron Chef USA. The show ...more

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Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Top Chef Masters Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl Top Chef Masters is an American reality competition series that airs on the cable television network Bravo, and premiered June 10, 2009. It is a spinoff of Bravo's hit show Top Chef. In the ...more

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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
qweruioqwyeruio added The Great British Bake Off Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc The fourth series of The Great British Bake Off began airing on 20 August 2013. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins again presented the show and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. As ...more

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Chopped Champions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

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Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Sh├│naMcCormick added Cutthroat Kitchen Alton Brown Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs each $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money on helping themselves or sabotaging ...more

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Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Cupcake Wars Cupcake Wars is an American reality competition series which premiered on June 13, 2010 and aired on the cable television network Food Network. The cooking show is hosted by Justin Willman and ...more

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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 MasterChef Australia is a Logie Award-winning Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It is produced by Shine Australia and screens on Network Ten. ...more

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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 Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants with very poor cooking skills through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a ...more

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Mae-AmarUnda added Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning programme debuted on Channel 4 in 2004. In each episode, ...more

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Food Network Challenge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Food Network Challenge Keegan Gerhard^! Kerry Vincent^! Claire Robinson Food Network Challenge is a competitive cooking television series that currently airs on the Food Network. Each episode, professional chefs compete in a timed competition in their professional ...more

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The Next Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
The Next Iron Chef Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arpaia The Next Iron Chef, is a limited-run series on the Food Network, airing its fifth season in 2012. Each season is a stand-alone competition to select a chef to be designated an Iron Chef, who ...more

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Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MikeTrujillo added Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef is a Japanese television cooking show produced by Fuji Television. The series, which premiered on October 10, 1993, is a stylized cook-off featuring guest chefs challenging one of the ...more

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Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Mae-AmarUnda added Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares is an American reality television series formerly broadcast on the Fox network, in which chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant ...more

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Top Chef: Just Desserts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Top Chef: Just Desserts Gail Simmons, Johnny Iuzzini, Danielle Kyrillos Top Chef: Just Desserts is an American reality competition show, spun off from Top Chef. It premiered on the cable television network Bravo on September 15, 2010. Top Chef: Just Desserts ...more

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Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Food Network Star Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis Food Network Star (Food Network, 2005) is a reality television series. A contest to find a well rounded great chef with a unique point of view and hosting type of personality to host their own

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Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Throwdown! with Bobby Flay Bobby Flay^! Stephanie Banyas^! Miriam Garron Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is a Food Network television program in which celebrity chef Bobby Flay challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their ...more

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Next Great Baker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Next Great Baker Next Great Baker is an American television series that airs on TLC, hosted by Buddy Valastro, the star of his own reality series, Cake Boss. The show features contestants participating in ...more

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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MasterChef Junior MasterChef Junior is a cooking competition television series that is airing on Fox. It premiered on Friday, September 27, 2013. It is based on the format of the U.K. series Junior MasterChef. On ...more

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The Taste is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
The Taste Anthony Bourdain Nigella Lawson Ludo Lefebvre Marcus Samuelsson The Taste is an American cooking-themed reality competition series on ABC. It premiered on January 22, 2013. On May 14, 2013, ABC renewed The Taste for a second season. The Taste began its ...more

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Top Chef Canada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
kfresan added Top Chef Canada Lisa Ray, Thea Andrews Top Chef Canada is a reality competition show. The first season premiered on April 11, 2011 on Food Network Canada. The first season consisted of 13 episodes, with 16 contestants vying for a ...more

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Ramsay's Best Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
DannyLatcovich added Ramsay's Best Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Coo... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Rachael Ray^! Guy Fieri^! Lou Diamond Phillips Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off is an American cooking competition series that premiered on Food Network on January 1, 2012. The series pits Team Captains Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri against ...more

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The Great Food Truck Race is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
PattiSchadel added The Great Food Truck Race Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer The Great Food Truck Race is a reality television series that originally aired on August 15, 2010, on Food Network, with Tyler Florence as the host. It features competing food trucks. The fourth ...more

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My Kitchen Rules is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
kfresan added My Kitchen Rules My Kitchen Rules is an Australian competitive cooking game show broadcast on the Seven Network since 2010. The series is produced by the team who created the Seven reality show My Restaurant ...more

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Sweet Genius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Sweet Genius Ron Ben-Israel Sweet Genius is an American reality-based cooking television series on the Food Network. The series is hosted by pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel. It has four chefs, of confectionery and pastry, ...more

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Chopped: Canada is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Chopped: Canada Dean McDermott

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Guy's Grocery Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
bojanthebest added Guy's Grocery Games Guy Fieri, Troy Johnson, Melissa d'Arabian Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high stakes, high skills, grocery store cooking competition. The chefs are hit by real-world challenges like finding ...more

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Cooks Vs Cons is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Cooks Vs Cons

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Kids Baking Championship is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
Jade Aldii added Kids Baking Championship Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli, Natalie Venable Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is a television program hosted by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli. Talented young bakers compete for the title of Kids Baking Champion, a cash ...more

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Paula's Home Cooking is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
MarvinTalley added Paula's Home Cooking Paula Deen^! Bobby Deen^! Jamie Deen Paula's Home Cooking is a Food Network show hosted by Paula Deen. Deen's primary culinary focus was Southern cuisine and familiar comfort food that is popular with Americans. In the show, ...more

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Celebrity Masterchef is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows
ayoub majdouline added Celebrity Masterchef Celebrity Masterchef is a television show that first aired in September 2006.

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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 Chef Academy is a reality show that premiered on Bravo TV on November 16, 2009 and aired on Mondays at 11 p.m. ET/PT. It followed Jean Christophe Novelli, a world-renowned Michelin star- and 5 ...more

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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 MasterChef is a BBC television competitive reality cooking show. It initially ran from 1990 to 2001 and was later revived in a different format known as MasterChef Goes Large from 2005 onwards. ...more

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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 Ramsay's Best Restaurant is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay broadcast on Channel 4. During the series restaurants from all over Britain competed in order to ...more

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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