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The Best Food Network TV Shows 

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List of popular Food Network shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Food Network TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Food Network TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Food Network, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List is made up of a variety of shows, including Iron Chef America and Chopped.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Food Network on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Food Network TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Food Network television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Food Network network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Di... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Travel, Travel documentary, Food, Documentary, Home improvement

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is an American food reality television television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began ...more

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Game show, Food, Cooking show, Reality television

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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Good Eats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Alton Brown, Vickie Eng, Deb Duchon

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Comedy, Home improvement

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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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Cook-off, Game show, Food, Cooking show, Reality television

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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Barefoot Contessa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Documentary, Home improvement

Barefoot Contessa is an American cooking show that premiered November 30, 2002 on Food Network. Hosted by celebrity chef Ina Garten, each episode features Garten assembling dishes of varying ...more
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Chopped Champions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows

Premiered: 2010

Starting March 6, 2011, and continuing for four additional episodes, Food Network aired the "Chopped All-Stars" Tournament. Sixteen chefs competed.

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The Best Thing I Ever At... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Food, Home improvement

The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Food Network, 2009) is a food talk show. The program consists of chefs picking out their favorite dishes in specific categories, such as guilty pleasures, appetizers, ...more
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Throwdown! with Bobby Fl... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Miriam Garron

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Cooking show, Reality television

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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Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hiroyuki Sakai

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Cook-off, Food, Cooking show, Reality television

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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Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Reality competition, Culinary

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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Worst Cooks in America ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Worst Cooks in America is an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") ...more

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Tyler's Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Tyler's Ultimate Tyler Florence

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): News, Documentary, Reality television

Tyler's Ultimate is a television show on The Food Network hosted by Tyler Florence. The show focuses on making "ultimate" versions of popular or common dishes. The show began as a ...more
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30 Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
30 Minute Meals Rachael Ray

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Food, Cooking show, Reality television, Home improvement

30 Minute Meals is a Food Network show hosted by Rachael Ray. Her first of four shows on Food Network debuted in the fall of 2001. The show specializes in convenience cooking for those with ...more
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Paula's Home Cooking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Paula Deen, Bobby Deen, Jamie Deen

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Home improvement

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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Unwrapped is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Unwrapped Marc Summers

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): News, Food, Cooking show, Documentary

Unwrapped, also known as Unwrapped with Marc Summers is an American television program on Food Network that reveals the origins of sponsored foods. It first aired in June 2001 and is hosted by ...more
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Emeril Live is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Patton Oswalt, Emeril Lagasse

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Reality television

Emeril Live is a television program that aired on the Food Network from 1997 to 2007 and then The Cooking Channel from 2008 to 2010. Hosted by Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Live featured many of the ...more
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Restaurant: Impossible ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Robert Irvine, Tom Bury, Taniya Nayak

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Reality television

Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality television program aired by the Food Network. It is jointly produced by Marc Summers and Shooters TV and stars British chef and restaurateur Robert ...more

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Ace of Cakes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Duff Goldman, Geoffry Manthorne, Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Ace of Cakes was an American reality television show that aired on the Food Network. The show focused on the daily operations of Duff Goldman's custom cake shop, Charm City Cakes, in Baltimore, ...more

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The Next Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arpaia

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Reality television

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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Essence of Emeril is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Essence of Emeril Emeril Lagasse

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Reality television

Essence of Emeril is a Food Network show hosted by chef Emeril Lagasse. In each episode, Emeril shares with his viewers some of his 'kicked-up' recipes, similar to those on Emeril Live, but with ...more
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Food Network Challenge ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Keegan Gerhard, Kerry Vincent, Claire Robinson

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Reality television, Home improvement

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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Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Reality television

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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BBQ with Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
BBQ with Bobby Flay Bobby Flay

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Reality television, Home improvement

BBQ with Bobby Flay is a travelogue series, in which celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay travels around the USA in search of the best and most delectable grilled barbecued food. The chef ...more
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Guy's Big Bite is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Guy Fieri

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Cooking show

Guy's Big Bite is a Food Network show starring Guy Fieri, winner of the second season of The Next Food Network Star. The inaugural six-episode season premiered on June 25, 2006 in the 10:00 ...more

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Semi-Homemade Cooking wi... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Food Network TV Shows
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee

Premiered: 2003

In an atmosphere as inviting as her recipes, Sandra Lee, author of the best-selling cookbook Semi-Homemade Cooking, shares her techniques for combining fresh ingredients with specially selected ...more