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The 10 Best Competitive Cooking Shows to Watch in 2022

From Nailed It! to Chopped, Here Are Our Top Cooking Contest Shows

The best competitive cooking shows combine two great things that have pretty much driven the course of human history: Food and battle. Some of these shows are more intense than others, but all of them offer a look into how professionals make culinary masterpieces. And the best part is they almost always have to work their magic under pressure, whether that’s limited ingredients, a time limit, or a deranged host (looking at you, Alton Brown).

There are a number of good cooking shows on Netflix right now, but if you’re looking for variety, you’ll have to branch out to other streaming services. We’ve handpicked 10 of the best competitive cooking shows you can watch online right now. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to make some extravagant dishes — or, at the very least, take on some easy recipes to make.

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Top Chef (2006)
Top Chef
7.6/10
18 Seasons
Genre Reality
Top Chef is a reality competitive cooking show focused on finding America’s best chefs and pitting them against one another. The chefs face off in a series of culinary challenges that culminate in one or more contestants getting eliminated at the end of each episode until only one winner remains at the end of the season. Since its launch, Top Chef has spawned multiple spin-offs, including Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Junior.
Top Chef: Season 14 Official Trailer | Bravo
The Final Table (2018)
The Final Table
7.6/10
1 Season
Genre Reality
Cast Andrew Knowlton
A Netflix original, The Final Table is a culinary competition that spans the globe. The competition involves 12 pairs of chefs from around the world, all fighting to earn a place at the Final Table. Naturally, the show features a ton of famous chefs. Each episode focuses on one country’s national dishes and features a variety of celebrity critics and ambassadors. Teams are eliminated until just the finalists reach the finale. The Final Table is presented by Andrew Knowlton (James Beard Award-winning writer and editor-at-large for Bon Appétit).
The Final Table | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
Chopped (2009)
Chopped
7.4/10
51 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Ted Allen
Created by Michael Krupat, Dave Noll, Linda Lea
Chopped, hosted by Ted Allen, is a lot like Top Chef in terms of series format, but it’s a little more expedited. In each episode, four chefs compete in a three-round contest in which they have to cook and plate an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. Each chef’s overall performance is judged by a panel of three judges to determine who will win $10,000 at the end of the competition. Of course, there are plenty of twists and turns that test each chef’s ability to think creatively and quickly.
Food Network "Chopped" Promo
Guy's Grocery Games (2013)
Guy's Grocery Games
6.5/10
28 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Guy Fieri
Created by Guy Fieri
Guy’s Grocery Games is a more relaxed, down-to-earth version of Chopped. Hosted by one of our favorite celebrity chefs, Guy Fieri, each episode takes place in an actual grocery store called Flavortown Market. It’s a fairly lighthearted show in which chefs from all over the U.S. compete in a series of challenges focused on making high-end dishes only with ingredients you can buy in any average grocery store.
American Barbecue Showdown (2020)
American Barbecue Showdown
7.2/10
1 Season
With so many cooking shows focused on making food in the kitchen, this Netflix original series takes the competition to barbecue country. American Barbecue Showdown takes place in a massive barn where contestants compete over the grill to make deliciously charred meats, vegetables, and more. It also comes with a similar levity you’d get from The Great British Baking Show, which is a lot less stressful than some of the other shows on our list.
American Barbecue Showdown | Official Trailer | Netflix
Iron Chef America (2005)
Iron Chef America
7.1/10
13 Seasons
Genre Reality
Created by Alton Brown
Iron Chef America is a competitive cooking show where lesser-known chefs take on the seasoned pros. The series itself is based on the Japanese cult sensation of the same name, but with a focus on American chefs. Hosted by the always-entertaining Alton Brown, this show has the intensity of Top Chef with the culinary insights of famous chefs you already know and love.
Nailed It! (2018)
Nailed It!
7.4/10
tv-pg 6 Seasons
Genre Reality, Family
Cast Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres

Nailed It! has, in its first four seasons, developed a cult-like following. Perhaps the best part is how engaging it is — even if you don’t want to like Nailed It!, you’re going to like it. The series pits amateur bakers against each other as they attempt to re-create complicated cakes, pastries, and other baked goods. The results are usually hilariously awful, but the winner of each episode receives a solid cash prize of $10,000. Not a bad consolation prize for a little public humiliation.

Hell's Kitchen (2005)
Hell's Kitchen
7.1/10
20 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Gordon Ramsay

No list would be complete without arguably the most famous (or infamous) cooking competition show. Hell’s Kitchen is the granddaddy of the genre and the definition of a stressful cooking competition. Hosted by world-famous chef Gordon Ramsey himself, each season features two teams of chefs competing for the job as head chef at a restaurant. With progressive elimination and excessive yelling, Hell’s Kitchen is more about handling the stresses of a successful restaurant than simply making delicious food.

First Look: Gordon Ramsay Introduces Season 17 | HELL'S KITCHEN: ALL STARS
The Great British Bake Off (2017)
The Great British Bake Off
5 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood
The Great British Baking Show is one of the most relaxing food competitions you’ll ever see, though that could be partly because the winner doesn’t actually win any prize money. Each season focuses on a group of amateur bakers from the U.K. competing in a series of challenges each week to find out who is the best. With a mix of technical challenges and delightfully pleasant commentary, it’s one of the easiest shows on Netflix to binge all day.
The Great British Baking Show (Collection 8) | Official Trailer | Netflix
Cooked with Cannabis (2020)
Cooked with Cannabis
6.6/10
1 Season
Genre Reality
Cast Leather Storrs, Kelis
Created by Rik Reinholdtsen
Cooked with Cannabis is pretty much your average cooking competition, but with a unique twist — each meal is made with some form of THC and CBD. Each chef is competing to impress a panel of judges that slowly get higher as each meal progresses. And while this may seem like an entirely new concept, there have been a number of great cannabis cookbooks published in recent years that prove this style of cooking is on an upward trend.
This Gourmet Food Gets You High | Best of Cooked with Cannabis | Netflix

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