There are quite a few food shows to choose from on Netflix, but some are definitely better than others. This list has a solid mix of baking and cooking shows perfect for foodies and aspiring chefs alike.
1. The Great British Baking Show
They had me at the British accents, but this show is also one of the best competition based food shows out there. The challenges are technical and unique, and the food the competitors make looks exquisite. Plus, everyone is so utterly polite, you almost forget it’s a competition (especially since they’re very nonchalant about the competition aspect). It’s quaint, informative, and the food is mouth-watering. What else could you need?
2. Chef’s Table
This show is a documentary that follows several world-renowned chefs in America. The dishes they create are some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life. If you have even the slightest appreciation for cooking, this is a show you don’t want to miss.
3. The Worst Cooks in America
The Worst Cooks in America is my go-to show whenever I need to feel better about my own cooking abilities. The lack of culinary knowledge that these actual, real people possess is astounding. One dude tried to bake something in a dishwasher (I kid you not). This show is pure gold. The best part? You might actually learn something, since the professional chefs leading the competition teach the bad home cooks how to cook throughout the show, and towards the end they actually make meals that look edible.
4. Kitchen Nightmares
Everyone needs more Gordon Ramsay in their life. This show may make you never want to eat in a restaurant again, but it’s one of the better reality food shows out there. It’s really fascinating to watch him come into a failing restaurant run by people who have no clue what they’re doing, then set their business up for success (unless they’re Amy’s Baking Company). Plus, Gordon Ramsay’s insults are a gift:
5. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
I don’t love Guy Fieri, but I love this show, because it features local restaurants I may actually have a chance to visit in my lifetime. By now, he’s featured many places, so it’s also fun to see where your hometown favorites stack up. If for nothing else, this show is worth watching before your next cross-country road trip so you can find the best local places to hit along the way.
Whichever you choose, the food shows on Netflix are guaranteed to leave your mouth watering, so make sure you grab some snacks before you settle in on the couch and start binge-watching.