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The Best Food Documentary Series 

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Updated June 19, 2020 72 votes 17 voters 1.1k views 23 items

List Rules Vote up the best documentary shows about food that have aired on television.

The best documentaries about food and food science can make you hungry for delicious meals and cool new facts. The best food and cooking documentary series ever shown on television are more than just food travel shows with some extra facts thrown in. If you’ve been looking for the best food documentaries to add some deliciousness to your TV nights, this list of the best food and food science documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

From molecules to the mind, how we create and interact with the stuff that sustains life seems straightforward but can get as complex as you want to make it. If you're curious about the human element, check out interviews with chefs on series such as The Mind of a Chef and Chef's Table. If a broader sense of culture is what you want, look to documentaries that blend recipes and travel while sharing and examining the history of a food or technique, such as Ugly Delicious and Good Eats.

Which shows do the best job sharing the science, culture, and history of food? Vote up the best food documentary shows and add any documentary series about food that are missing.

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Good Eats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Alton Brown, Vickie Eng, Deb Duchon

Premiered: 1999

Good Eats is a former television cooking show, created and hosted by Alton Brown, which aired in North America on Food Network Cooking Channel. Likened to television science educators Mr. Wizard ...more
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Chef's Table is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann, Niki Nakayama

Premiered: 2015

Chef's Table (Netflix, 2015) is an American documentary web series released on Netflix. Each episode of the series profiles a single world-renowned chef. Creator David Gelb considers it a ...more
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Rotten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield, Andrew Boutros
Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste, and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.
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Salt Fat Acid Heat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Samin Nosrat

Premiered: 2018

Salt Fat Acid Heat is an American documentary cooking television miniseries based on the book of the same name by Samin Nosrat. The show and book's title comes from Nosrat's proposed four ...more
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Cooked is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Michael Pollan, Isaac Pollan
Cooked (Netflix, 2016) is a documentary miniseries directed by Alex Gibney. Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements - fire, water, air and earth - the series looks at the ...more
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Jamie's School Dinners ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Jamie's School Dinners

Premiered: 2005

Jamie's School Dinners is a four-episode documentary series broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 23 February to 16 March 2005. The series was recorded between Spring to Winter 2004, ...more
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Food Detectives is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Food Detectives Ted Allen

Premiered: 2008

Food Detectives was a food science show hosted by Ted Allen that aired in North America on Food Network. Ted Allen, backed by research conducted by Popular Science magazine, investigates ...more
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Food Safari is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Food Safari

Premiered: 2006

Food Safari is an Australian television series first screened on SBS TV Australia featuring the many cuisines brought to Australia by its immigrants. The series was produced by Kismet ...more
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Wild Food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series

Premiered: 2007

Wild Food Documentary is a documentary television series hosted by Ray Mears. The series airs on the BBC in United Kingdom, it is also shown on Discovery Channel in the United States, Canada, ...more
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Jimmy's Food Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Jimmy's Food Factory Jimmy Doherty

Premiered: 2009

Jimmy's Food Factory (BBC One, 2009) is a British documentary science television series. Farmer and host Jimmy Doherty shares how typical household foods such as butter, milk, and bread, are ...more
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Kimchi Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Kimchi Chronicles

Premiered: 2011

Kimchi Chronicles is an American food program airing on PBS that is part travelogue, part food narrative, and part documentary of self-discovery. Host Marja Vongerichten, a Korean ...more
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Real Food Real Kitchens ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Real Food Real Kitchens

Premiered: 2012

Culture, Family, Food, and Life; these are the essence of Real Food Real Kitchens, a new cooking series that goes into the real kitchens of everyday people and explores one of their most ...more
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The Mind of a Chef is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series

Premiered: 2012

The Mind of a Chef is a 24-episode non-fiction television series on PBS currently starring chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield, narrated and executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, and ...more
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Supermarket Secrets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Supermarket Secrets

Premiered: 2013

Supermarket Secrets is a British documentary television series, presented by Gregg Wallace, that first broadcast on BBC One on 4 July 2013. The series shows how British supermarkets make and ...more
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Food Factory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Food Factory Colleen Rusholme, Todd Schick

Premiered: 2012

Food Factory (Food Network, 2012) is a Canadian documentary television series. The show features the industrial production lines of major food companies, mostly in Canada, but also in the United ...more
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Chef's Table: France is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Alexandre Couillon, Alain Passard, Adeline Grattard
Chef's Table: France (Netflix, 2016) is a documentary web series and a spinoff of Chef's Table. Explore the lives and kitchens of some of the world's most renowned French chefs.
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Ugly Delicious is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
David Chang

Premiered: 2018

Ugly Delicious (Netflix, 2018) is a food and travel documentary series. Hosted by David Chang, the show examines the cultural, sociological, and culinary history of specific popular foods.
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Good Eats: The Return is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Alton Brown

Premiered: 2019

Good Eats: The Return (Food Network, 2019) is an American television cooking show and a sequel series to the show Good Eats. Host Alton Brown shares the recipes, methods, and history behind
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McMillions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Michael C. Pizzuto, Michael A. Pina, Tim Adams

Premiered: 2020

McMillions (HBO, 2020) is a crime documentary series directed by James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte. A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the ...more
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Shape of Pasta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Evan Funke

Premiered: 2020

Shape of Pasta (Quibi, 2020) is a food documentary television series hosted by Evan Funke. Chef Evan Funke, a "perpetual student of handmade pasta," scours Italy for the supreme pasta ...more
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Nadiya's Time To Eat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Nadiya Hussain

Premiered: 2020

Nadiya's Time To Eat (Netflix, 2020) is a reality cooking television series starring Nadiya Hussain, winner of The Great British Bake Off. Chef Nadiya Hussain shares a mouthwatering selection of ...more
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Taste the Nation With Pa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2020

Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi (Hulu, 2020) is an American food and travel television series. Host Padma Lakshmi takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse ...more
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Taste of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Food Documentary Series
Taste of the Sea Rick Stein

Premiered: 1995