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The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time 

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Here are the very best cooking shows on television, ranked from best to worst. Including shows from the Food Channel, Bravo, and the Travel Channel, this list of the greatest cooking shows ever features chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, and many more. Popular cooking TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining cooking show of all time is. Don't let your favorite cooking television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of cooking television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

The list has shows like Chopped, MasterchefGood Eats, and other popular cooking shows. If you see one of your favorite cooking shows missing, add it to the list and vote it up!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best cooking show of all time?" and "What are the greatest cooking shows?"

These are some of the most famous cooking shows of all time!

 

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Good Eats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hiroyuki Sakai

Premiered: 1993

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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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

Premiered: 2010

MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original British series. A nationwide search for the best home cooks in America where one of 50 hopefuls will ...more

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

Premiered: 2009

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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Diners, Drive-Ins and Di... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Chris Abraham added Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

Premiered: 2006

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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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightma... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

Premiered: 2004

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Channel 4, 2004) is a reality television program. In each episode, chef Gordon Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the ...more

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Barefoot Contessa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2002

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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Anthony Bourdain: No Res... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Chris Abraham added Anthony Bourdain

Premiered: 2005

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 2005) is an American travel and food show. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visits overseas countries, cities worldwide, and places within the ...more

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Emeril Live is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Patton Oswalt, Emeril Lagasse

Premiered: 1997

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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Junior Masterchef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Loyd Grossman, John Torode, Donal Skehan

Premiered: 1994

Junior MasterChef is a British TV cookery competition, broadcast by the BBC, in which nine- to twelve-year-olds compete to be crowned "Junior MasterChef". It is a spin-off from the ...more
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Unwrapped is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Unwrapped Marc Summers

Premiered: 2001

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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The Pioneer Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
The Pioneer Woman
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Paula's Home Cooking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Paula Deen, Bobby Deen, Jamie Deen

Premiered: 2002

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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The French Chef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
The French Chef Julia Child

Premiered: 1963

The French Chef is a television cooking show created and hosted by Julia Child, and produced and broadcast by WGBH, the public television station in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 11, 1963 ...more
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Everyday Italian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Giada De Laurentiis, Todd Thompson, Igor De Laurentiis

Premiered: 2003

Everyday Italian is a Food Network show hosted by Giada De Laurentiis. In the show, De Laurentiis focuses for her viewers on traditional Italian cuisine with an American flair, such as ...more
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Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Top Chef Masters Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

Premiered: 2009

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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30 Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
30 Minute Meals Rachael Ray

Premiered: 2001

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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Premiered: 2005

Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more

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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
liplip added Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2006

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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America's Test Kitchen ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Christopher Kimball

Premiered: 2000

America's Test Kitchen is a half-hour cooking show distributed to public television stations in the United States, also airing in Canada. The show's host is Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief ...more
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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

Premiered: 2005

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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Beat Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2014

Two talented chefs go head-to-head for the chance to Beat Bobby Flay. To get to Bobby the chefs must first face off against each other, creating a spectacular dish with a secret ingredient of ...more
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Two Fat Ladies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Jennifer Paterson, Clarissa Dickson Wright

Premiered: 1996

Two Fat Ladies was a BBC Two television cooking programme starring Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson. It originally ran for four series, from 1996 to 1999. The show was produced in ...more
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Yan Can Cook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Yan Can Cook

Premiered: 1982

Yan Can Cook is a Chinese cuisine cooking show starring Martin Yan that featured recipes for stir frying and other traditional Chinese meals. Martin had a catchphrase, "If Yan can cook, so ...more