With streaming giants coming out with their own original content left and right, Netflix and Hulu are doing their best to give networks a run for their money.
Mixed in with all the true crime docs, historical dramas, and reality shows, there is a growing number of food and cooking shows.
Just the other night, I was looking for something to watch on Hulu when a new show caught my eye. It was called Best in Dough, and I can’t ignore a good pun. Turns out, it’s a pretty good show! And it got me thinking about all the other interesting and engaging food shows out there waiting to be binge-watched!
The American Barbecue Showdown – Netflix Original
Bobby Flay and Food Network do not have a monopoly on barbecue shows. Netflix now has its own with The American Barbecue Showdown. It features eight different backyard smokers and pitmasters vying for the title of American Barbecue Champion. One competitor is eliminated each week until there is only one left to claim the title. As of right now, there is only one season, but Netflix has renewed the series for a second.
Baker’s Dozen – Hulu Original
As a home baker myself, I have zero desire to compete against seasoned baking professionals. Luckily, other home bakers are much more talented and willing to try to beat the best! That’s what Hulu’s Baker’s Dozen entails. The home bakers and professionals go through three rounds of competitive challenges as they vie for the golden rolling pin and cash prize. It’s more of a good-natured, wholesome competition than some of the other ones out there.
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend – Netflix Original
Iron Chef is back, and this time it’s a Netflix Original. Alton Brown returns to co-host this reboot of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, and Mark Dacascos is back as the Chairman. In fact, Brown loves the Iron Chef franchise so much that he left Food Network for it. As for the show, you can probably guess what to expect: contestants challenging the Iron Chefs with a secret ingredient. For this series, the highest scoring challenger will battle with all the Iron Chefs one more time in hopes of becoming an Iron Legend, similar to the setup of Iron Chef Gauntlet.
Great British Baking Show and Junior Baking Show – Netflix Original
Everyone knows about the iconic Great British Baking Show at this point, and you can watch several seasons of amateur bakers facing off against each other on Netflix. But Netflix has also recently released a new season of Junior Baking Show, and this is the wholesome cooking competition that you should definitely be watching. Although the completed foods aren’t as impressive as in the original Great British Baking Show, the contestants are considerably more adorable.
Best in Dough – Hulu Original
The name piqued my interest, and the show itself did not disappoint. Best in Dough features three pizza makers from all walks of life as they compete against each other to earn $10,000 and the title of Best in Dough. For the first round, they have to think outside the pizza box, but they get to make a signature pie during the second round. The whole thing is hosted by Wells Adams, a former Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestant.
Eater’s Guide to the World – Hulu Original
Maya Rudolph narrates the Hulu Original Eater’s Guide to the World, and she is on a quest to find the most unexpected places to score an epic meal. This show will have you digging into hot chicken and bento boxes on the hood of your car or enjoying Korean barbecue in the wee hours of the morning before the sun even comes up. This is the kind of food show for those food lovers who don’t take themselves too seriously and are ready to dive into some delicious dishes across the U.S. and the globe.
Best Leftovers Ever! – Netflix Original
Do you have a fridge full of leftovers that you don’t know what to do with? You could just eat them, or you could transform them into high-end dishes! That’s what skilled cooks do on Best Leftovers Ever! on Netflix. They are serving up spectacular breakfast dishes made from fancy date night dinners and sandwiches using green bean casserole and other holiday leftovers. Maybe you will find yourself inspired to revamp those soggy day-old fries.
Nailed It! – Netflix Original
Netflix’s Nailed It! was probably the first cooking competition show from a streaming service that really caught my attention. Unlike most other competitions, where skilled contestants create picture-perfect dishes, this one is all about the fails. Home bakers are trying their best to recreate edible masterpieces, but they mostly create a hot mess. Whichever contestant gets closest to creating a successful dessert wins a trophy and $10,000. Comic Nicole Byer and renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres team up to host and judge the competition.
Chefs vs. Wild – Hulu Original
Hulu’s Chefs vs. Wild is definitely the wild one of the bunch. Instead of competing in, say, a kitchen (how boring!), these chefs are thrown outside in the wilderness! Not only do they have to survive in the middle of nowhere, but they also have to forage enough wild ingredients to whip up a restaurant-worthy five-star meal in an outdoor kitchen. At least the competing chefs are paired with an expert outdoor survivalist, so maybe no one will end up poisoned… right?
Somebody Feed Phil – Netflix Original
Not every food show has to be a competition, and Phil Rosenthal stars in this travel documentary series on Netflix. He is traveling all over the globe to savor and showcase local cuisine and culture. He previously had I’ll Have What Phil’s Having on PBS, and this one is a reworked version of that series. You’ll learn plenty about different cultures, and you’ll also laugh along the way, thanks to Phil’s sense of humor. It’s definitely a feel-good foodie pick.
Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi (and Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition) – Hulu Original
The food we eat in the United States was influenced and shaped by the rich and diverse food cultures of immigrants and native people. Award-winning author Padma Lakshmi is the host and exec producer of Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi, and she’s taking us on a journey to break bread with indigenous communities and immigrant groups alike. Although Hulu renewed the series for a second season, the pandemic put a damper on production. Instead, it was released as a four-episode Holiday Special.
Ugly Delicious – Netflix Original
Ugly Delicious is hosted by renowned chef David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant group. Chang is traveling and eating, but he’s not doing the Anthony Bourdain thing. He’s out there on a cross-cultural hunt, sampling downright delicious food and discovering the people making it. Each episode highlights a dish or concept, how it is made in different places, and how it has evolved.
The Next Thing You Eat – Hulu Original
James Beard Award winner David Chang actually has a few different shows, and The Next Thing You Eat is also well worth a watch. This time, he is exploring what’s next in the food world. We’re talking about “everything from burger-flipping robots to lab-grown fish, to insect farms, to artificial intelligence calling the shots.” The docuseries explores how all the changes happening are affecting both the restaurant world and our relationship to food.
Taco Chronicles – Netflix Original
If you love tacos – and who doesn’t? – you owe it to yourself to check out the Netflix Original Taco Chronicles. The series promises to help you explore some of the most popular taco styles and see what makes them so great. The episodes are short, so don’t expect a full deep dive into cultural exploration or anything. But even still, it’s a great look at one of the tastiest foods ever and will probably leave you hungry. More tacos, please!
The Chef Show – Netflix Original
Jon Favreau trained under chef Roy Choi in preparation for his role in the 2014 film Chef. It inspired the two of them to create The Chef Show, a Netflix Original that features them in the kitchen alongside celebrity guests. You’ll find the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Wolfgang Puck, Gwyneth Paltrow, and David Chang stopping. Have you ever wanted to see if Seth Rogen can break down a chicken? They also head to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to create dishes from fresh produce grown on the property.
The Final Table – Netflix Original
The Final Table is a cooking competition of international size. The chefs competing are from several different countries around the globe, and there are twelve teams consisting of two professional chefs each. Every episode has a country chosen as the inspiration, and the teams must create their interpretation of the country’s nationally significant dish. Judges always consist of a food critic and two culturally significant citizens that represent the episode’s chosen country.