Food Fight! No, not the messy one of your youth that involved hurling lunch across the room and subsequent detention. We’re talking about the competitive cooking show, television’s greatest culinary challenge.
These shows have come a long way. From the early days of Food Network to today, we’ve seen a tremendous growth in this food-tastic style of game show. Now, a good showing on one of these popular programs can land you a serious role at one of the best restaurants in America.
Some of these shows involve Michelin Star-level talent, assembling things we could never do in our wildest dreams. Others are just duking it out with a certain ingredient or lack thereof. They’re easy to binge, satisfying our most primal urges. And now, as you might guess, there are more than ever to choose from, with multiple streaming services and a collective love for culinary culture that’s still very much intact.
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.
Here are the best competitive cooking shows to catch up on in 2023.
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.
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.
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