‘Selena + Chef,’ ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ and How the Pandemic Made Cooking Shows Better

You don’t need me to point out how much COVID-19 took away from all of us in 2020, but in a bizarre twist, the challenges of quarantine might have inadvertently pushed one genre to the next tier of excellence. Cooking shows — whether hosted on Food Network, HBO Max, or YouTube channels — nimbly adjusted to home kitchens where chefs finally had to confront the reality home cooks faced every day. More than that, the format of cooking shows like Selena + Chef or Amy Schumer Learns to Cook helped professional chefs react on the fly to a novice’s interpretation of their recipes. All told, cooking became less elitist and more down-to-earth, all good for inspiring wannabe chefs to try their hand at a new dish in the kitchen…

Thanks to the long lag time in most TV production schedules, the first part of food media that visibly showed

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10 Throwback Cooking Shows You Forgot You Loved

While Food Network still has many great shows, there are others that fans miss dearly. Hopefully, many of these old favorites will be on Discovery+.

Food Network has been in business for nearly three decades, and the channel has steadily grown into the premiere destination for food celebrities. From intense professional chef challenges to relaxing home cooking shows, there’s always something entertaining happening on Food Network.

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While the network still has many great shows, there are others that fans miss dearly. Even kids of the 1990s and 2000s might remember watching some of them with their parents. Hopefully, many of these old favorites will be on Discovery+, a new streaming service launching in January 2021.

10 East Meets West

Ming Tsai East Meets West

Chef Ming Tsai has an impressive resume, from Yale to Le Cordon Bleu to pastry training in Paris and

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‘The Chef Show’ and the Comfort of a Cooking Show’s Tiny Imperfections

There’s something irresistible about an overhead shot of someone preparing food. It’s what’s powered thousands of social-ready clips touting adjective-filled recipe names, prepared by unseen cooks.

That angle, long a staple of food TV, is also found in Season 4 of “The Chef Show,” the Netflix cooking series co-hosted by acclaimed Los Angeles food fixture Roy Choi and writer/director Jon Favreau. Instead of building the show on artifice and impeccable presentation, Favreau and Choi continue to usher the viewer through a breezy set of kitchen basics, with these latest five episodes centering on the pair’s private setup and the various buzzy L.A. food venues.

It helps that these episodes don’t engage in any lengthy preambles about the chef in the spotlight. Over the previous three seasons, “The Chef Show” — with Choi’s imprimatur — has already built a reputation that whatever dish is on display is worth

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These Are the Best Cooking Shows on Netflix

Photo credit: Netflix | Raydene Salinas Hansen
Photo credit: Netflix | Raydene Salinas Hansen

From Cosmopolitan

If you aren’t completely obsessed with cooking shows, are you like, okay? Because nothing compares to a front row seat screen full of food. We, the human race, are not worthy of this indulgence of culinary eye candy.

Humans associate meals and treats with memories. Take cake, for example. You probs have cake for special occasions and celebrations, so now whenever you see cake, you’re flooded with all those happy feelings. I’m not saying food = happiness, but sometimes it can come pretty freakin’ close.

So if you’re in the mood for a food-filled show featuring international travel, fierce competition, and in-depth cultural explorations, queue up one of the best cooking shows on Netflix. They’ll satisfy any craving, guaranteed.

If watching chefs from around the world battle it out in a global cook-off tickles your fancy: The Final Table

Professional chefs

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