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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 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
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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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich 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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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Chris Abraham added Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon 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 Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield 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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The French Chef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Julia Child 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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
liplip added 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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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Unwrapped is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Marc Summers 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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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservati... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Chris Abraham added Anthony Bourdain 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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Barefoot Contessa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried 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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Junior Masterchef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Loyd Grossman, John Torode, Donal Skehan 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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America's Test Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Christopher Kimball 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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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Emeril Live is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Patton Oswalt, Emeril Lagasse 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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Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
-1449913396271 added Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar, Jet Tila 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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Two Fat Ladies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Jennifer Paterson, Clarissa Dickson Wright 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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The Frugal Gourmet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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Yan Can Cook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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

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Everyday Italian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Giada De Laurentiis, Todd Thompson, Igor De Laurentiis 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) 23 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Jamie at Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Jamie Oliver Jamie at Home is a British cookery programme presented by Jamie Oliver. In each episode, Jamie uses a different ingredient which has been grown organically at his home in rural Essex, England. ...more

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Paula's Home Cooking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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30 Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Rachael Ray 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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Essence of Emeril is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Emeril Lagasse 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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The Naked Chef is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
jemcat added Jamie Oliver The Naked Chef was a BBC Two television cooking programme starring Jamie Oliver. It originally ran for three seasons plus three subsequent Christmas specials, and was produced by Optomen ...more

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Iron Chef USA was the first American adaptation of the Japanese television series Iron Chef. Iron Chef USA appeared on the UPN television network in 2001. Only two episodes were aired: "Las ...more

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Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Ree Drummond - the Pioneer Wom... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time

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Restaurant: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Robert Irvine, Tom Bury, Taniya Nayak 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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Nigella Feasts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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Dinner: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Michael Symon Dinner: Impossible is an American television program broadcast by the Food Network. The first episode aired on January 24, 2007 and the last episode aired in 2010. Food Network began airing the ...more

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Beat Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Ramsay's Best Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Semi-Homemade Cooking with San... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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

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The Next Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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Oliver's Twist is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Jamie Oliver Oliver's Twist is a television series featuring chef Jamie Oliver, the name of the programme is a pun on the title of Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. Following the popularity of his first ...more

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Jamie's 30 Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
jemcat added Jamie Oliver Jamie's 30-Minute Meals is a series of 40 episodes aired in 2010 on Channel 4 in which Jamie Oliver cooks a three- to four-dish meal in under 30 minutes.

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Guy's Big Bite is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Guy Fieri 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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Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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The Calloping Gourmet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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Paula's Best Dishes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Paula Deen Paula's Best Dishes is a cooking show hosted by Paula Deen on Food Network On June 21, 2013, the Food Network announced that they would not renew Deen's contract due to controversy surrounding ...more

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Sandra's Money Saving Menus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time

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East Meets West is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Ming Tsai East Meets West is a popular cooking show on the Food Network hosted by the renowned Chinese American chef Ming Tsai. During the half-hour show, Tsai cooked Asian-European fusion cuisine. East ...more

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Louisiana Cooking with Justin ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Kimberly Jolowicz added Justin Wilson

Cajun Chef Justin Wilson.!!! One of the first cooking shows I was introduced to! Loved him His favorite saying was "I gar on tee it"( I guarentee it)

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Chefography is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Chefography is a television series biography of Food Network personalities. While the name implies that the program features biographies of chefs, it in fact includes both chef and non-chef Food ...more

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The Chew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
The Chew is an American cooking-themed talk show that airs on ABC as part of the network's weekday daytime lineup. The name and format was inspired by fellow ABC talk show, The View, but The ...more