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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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174 88
MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 2 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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102 46
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 3 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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130 67
Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 4 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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118 57
The French Chef is listed (or ranked) 5 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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147 91
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 6 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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137 86
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares 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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137 100
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives 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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124 72
Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 9 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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122 86
Barefoot Contessa is listed (or ranked) 10 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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96 64
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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118 73
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 12 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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86 59
Junior Masterchef is listed (or ranked) 13 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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104 67
America's Test Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 14 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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90 55
The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 15 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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74 53
Unwrapped is listed (or ranked) 16 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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71 58
Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 17 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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60 53
Emeril Live is listed (or ranked) 18 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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56 44
Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 19 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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31 14
The Naked Chef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
jemcat added The Naked Chef 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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72 67
Everyday Italian is listed (or ranked) 21 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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45 30
Beat Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 22 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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63 49
Two Fat Ladies is listed (or ranked) 23 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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61 47
Yan Can Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 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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43 36
The Frugal Gourmet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time
MikeM added The Frugal Gourmet