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11 Best Cooking Shows on Netflix to Stream Now
There’s something extremely pleasurable about watching someone cook. The creation of a great dish is an aspirational effort. It’s something most of us cannot do, and so watching a master at work is especially impressive. That’s why cooking shows are so enjoyable—and why they lend themselves to so many different formats. Netflix, of course, has plenty to offer, ranging from charming competition shows, hilarious and weird originals, and some mind-expanding docu-series. Here are the best cooking shows on Netflix to stream right now. Don’t blame us if they make you hungry.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
The late TV host practically invented the contemporary food show as we know it, focusing less on the craft (and avoiding competition whatsoever), instead examining what the food we eat says about our culture—and also how we can experience cultures outside of our own through our tastebuds.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
In what might just be the best cooking and travel show since Bourdain’s debut, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat follows New York Times Magazine food columnist Samin Nosrat across the globe as she highlights the elements of food she claims are essential to a delicious dish. The series is a companion piece to her James Beard award-winning book.
The Great British Baking Show
One of the most delightful and endearing exports from across the pond (a television phenomenon that rivals the likes of Downton Abbey), The Great British Baking Show is a cooking competition in which home cooks battle it out to be the Top Baker in each episode. But there are no cutthroat moves here, no knives pointed in competitive frustration—just a lot of delicious baking and a whole lot of British charm.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts
If you binge all of The Great British Baking Show and are starving for more, try this Australian version that follows an extremely similar premise and is hosted by pastry chef Adriano Zumbo. The accents are just slightly different, but the show is just as fun.
If you regularly watch cooking competition shows and know for certain that there’s no way you could pull off such intricately designed and executed treats, then Nailed It is the show for you. Each episodes sees three totally unassuming bakers attempt to pull off a series of difficult baking projects—all of which are way too difficult for them, which makes their ultimate failures absolutely hilarious.
Cooking on High
Look, we’re not going to judge you: You probably watch so many cooking shows because you’re stoned as hell, and it’s a lot better for your waistline to watch TV rather than spend extra time in the kitchen (and possibly safer, too). If you’re a stoner who likes food shows, then you’ll like this food show featuring stoners utilizing their favorite ingredient in some extremely chill recipes.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb created this show, which was also Netflix’s very first docu-series. Like his acclaimed documentary, Chef’s Table focuses on one renowned chef with each episode, examining what drives each to turn their craft into artistry and strive for utmost perfection.
David Chang hosts this Parts Unknown-style food and travel show hybrid, which looks at the cultural significance of food scenes with the United States in unexpected, highly personal ways. But that’s not to say it sticks to our borders; the show often looks at imports from other countries, and how cross-cultural sensibilities fuse together to create a new style of food altogether.
The Mind of a Chef
Anthony Bourdain produced (and narrated) this PBS series, another valuable entry in the genre of cooking and travel shows. With a range of celebrity hosts that include David Chang, April Bloomfield, and Magnus Nilsson, the show looks at the philosophies of chefs across the world and how they approach their own cuisine in specific, personal ways.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
Perhaps the biggest outlier on this list, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell sees the titular host creating some haunting and spooky creations—all inside an eerie home filled with creatures created by the Jim Henson Company. If Martha Stewart had the chance to cameo on Dark Shadows, this might be what it’d look like. And unlike any other cooking show you’ve ever seen, this one has a narrative plot that carries through its entire season.
Million Pound Menu
This Shark Tank of the restaurant world sees up-and-coming chefs hoping to impress not only the people who will eat their meals, but also a panel of picky investors that pick apart their dishes—and their business sense—and can make or break their culinary success.