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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
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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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
MasterChef
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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#26 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #7 of 44 Reality Shows That Involve Actual Skillfeaturing Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The 'MasterChef' Franchise

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Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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#281 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #49 of 135 The Best Reality Competition Series

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The French Chef is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
The French Chef
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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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 5 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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#295 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #20 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Everfeaturing 12 Things You Didn't Know About Competing On 'Chopped'

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Anthony Bourdain: No Res... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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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#1,473 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #2 of 41 The Best Travel TV Shows

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightma... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#18 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #8 of 29 The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked #10 of 43 The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Di... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#257 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #216 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 10 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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#416 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #254 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Yearsfeaturing The Best Seasons of 'Hell's Kitchen'

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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
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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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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America's Test Kitchen ... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 14 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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#993 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #43 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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Junior Masterchef is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Emeril Live is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Unwrapped is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Unwrapped
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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The Frugal Gourmet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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Beat Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Louisiana Cooking with J... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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Justin Wilson
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Two Fat Ladies is listed (or ranked) 21 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 Pioneer Woman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
The Pioneer Woman
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Yan Can Cook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
Yan Can Cook
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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Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
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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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Iron Chef USA
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