The 10 best cooking shows on Netflix
If you’re craving a new cooking show, Netflix has you covered.
The streaming service’s selection of food and cooking shows ranges from competitions to documentaries to helpful tutorials. Whether you’re looking to learn a new recipe or just want to gaze at beautiful food, you can’t go wrong with any of the entries on this list. They’re all informative, engaging, and full of absolutely delicious things to eat. Just be sure to avoid watching them on an empty stomach, otherwise you may find yourself licking your screen.
Here, in alphabetical order, are the best cooking shows on Netflix.
1. Chef’s Table
A beautiful dish courtesy of Chef Niki Nakayama.
Each episode of Chef’s Table follows a different world-class chef, detailing their relationship to food and their culinary inspirations. It’s incredibly satisfying to watch these masters of their craft do what they do best, and the show’s sumptuous cinematography turns every dish into a work of art. You’ll come away from Chef’s Table with a renewed excitement about food, as well as some ideas for new dishes and extra fancy plating.
2. High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Netflix knows how to make a good cooking show. But High on the Hog is more than that. In this stunning four-part docuseries, food journalist Stephen Satterfield follows the journey of African cuisine across West Africa and the United States. It’s a celebration of culture and cultural preservation that not only inspires but also urges viewers to appreciate the complex origins of food and family tradition as part of our global history.* —Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
3. Nadiya’s Time to Eat
Nadiya Hussain is a tremendous host.
Cooking can be time-consuming. If you have a busy schedule, you might find it impossible to make yourself a full meal. Nadiya Hussain understands and is here to help. Throughout this charming series, Hussain, who won The Great British Baking Show in 2015, shares time-saving recipes that won’t sacrifice flavor. All of her dishes are designed with ease in mind, and her helpful hosting style makes this one of the most watchable cooking shows on Netflix. If you want more of Hussain’s expertise, check out the equally lovely Nadiya Bakes.
4. Nailed It!
Comedian Nicole Byer is joined by famed pastry chef Jacques Torres in judging this bake-off for amateurs. In each episode, unskilled competitors go head-to-head for a $10,000 cash prize and the prestigious Nailed It! trophy. With no experience and incredibly difficult assignments, this chaotic mess is more about what doesn’t work out than what does. You’ll smile at the winners, and laugh hysterically at the losers. It’s like a failed Pinterest projects collection, but on Netflix and with food.* — A.F.
5. Salt Fat Acid Heat
Oh, to eat cheese with Samin Nosrat.
Part cooking show, part travel show, Salt Fat Acid Heat is a masterclass in flavor that feels like a warm hug. Join chef and author Samin Nosrat as she explains how mastering the show’s four titular components will make you a better cook. You’ll be treated to mouthwatering shots of some of the world’s best food as the series moves from Italy to Japan to Mexico to the U.S. Along the way, Nosrat’s excitement about good food is infectious. By the time you’ve finished the series, you’ll be savoring everything you make with the same gusto she exhibits when enjoying an aged cheese or an excellent soy sauce.
6. School of Chocolate
It’s all chocolate!
Do you enjoy baking competitions but hate watching people go home each week? Then be sure to check out School of Chocolate, a competition show where no one ever goes home. Instead of following a typical elimination format, School of Chocolate feels more like a masterclass where everyone gets a chance to learn and improve. Eight chefs study the art of chocolate and pastry with chef and master chocolatier Amaury Guichon. They get useful tips and feedback, and we get to feast our eyes on gorgeous chocolate creations. It’s a win-win!
7. Taco Chronicles
Taco Chronicles showcases the versatility of its titular food. Every episode tracks the history and preparation styles of a different kind of taco and includes interviews with food writers, historians, and, of course, taco vendors. The show’s sharp focus allows it to really dig into the nitty-gritty of what makes tacos so amazing and so popular. If you don’t have a hankering for tacos by the end of the first episode, you must be some kind of superhuman.
8. The Chef Show
Roy Choi and Jon Favreau take you on a culinary journey.
Did you enjoy Jon Favreau’s 2014 film Chef? Do you wish it had a spin-off TV series? Well, you’re in luck, because The Chef Show exists! Favreau stars as himself alongside chef Roy Choi, who co-produced and served as a consultant on Chef. Like Chef, The Chef Show is a tribute to good food and the people who make it. So, Favreau and Choi interview and cook with a bevy of talented chefs and celebrity guests. The recipes and cooking segments are chill and relaxed, making it feel like instead of being lectured by experts, you’re learning from friends.
9. The Great British Baking Show
Few cooking competitions are as comforting as The Great British Baking Show, which is full of challenging bakes, lovable contestants, and so, so many innuendos. What really makes The Great British Baking Show special are the contestants, who are all gifted amateur bakers. Once you see the kinds of elaborate concoctions they’re able to whip up, you’ll be jumping to put on an apron and get baking yourself. Just be sure to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom.
10. Waffles + Mochi
First Lady Michelle Obama helps teach Waffles and Mochi about food.
Credit: Adam Rose/Netflix
If you’re looking for a cooking show that’s as informative as it is wholesome, then Waffles + Mochi is the show for you. Waffles and Mochi are food-loving puppets, who find themselves working at a supermarket run by former First Lady Michelle Obama. They go on journeys all around the world to learn more about different foods and healthy eating. Along the way, they encounter world-famous chefs and celebrity guests, each with special lessons to impart. Waffles + Mochi is educational, adorable, and perfect for getting kids interested in the food they’re eating.
Asterisks (*) indicate the entry has been modified from another Mashable streaming list.