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There are so many shows that we’ve binge-watched over the past few months that it’s difficult to keep track, from fantasy series to some of the best shows available on Amazon Prime or Hulu. However, one thing I’ve discovered that I enjoy is actually cooking shows – specifically, competitions in the kitchen.
As a result of watching these competitions, I have become a better cook because of the competitiveness of the contestants, as well as the amazing (or not-so-amazing) food items that they cook up, and the prizes at the end. You can stream a variety of cooking competition shows, including classics like Hell’s Kitchen and Top Chef, as well as more recent offerings like Sugar Rush and Nailed It!
1. Hell’s Kitchen (Hulu)
Gordan Ramsey, a celebrity chef, hosts a popular cooking competition show in which a variety of chefs compete on either the red or blue team in Hell’s Kitchen. In the end, only one chef is left standing, with a massive cash prize and the opportunity to cook for the rest of their lives.
My favorite cooking competition show has always been this one. It’s been running for 20 seasons now because there’s just something about it. There’s nothing quite like it, not even when it comes to the hilarious memes that Gordan Ramsey’s rage can produce, or the contestants’ chemistry. There’s no lamb sauce here!
2. Halloween Wars (Discovery+)
Halloween Wars is one of the best cooking competition shows that Food Network has put out, and it’s just one of many. There are five teams of cake artists, sugar artists, and pumpkin carvers competing to create the best Halloween display and win $50,000 in cash.
Honestly, I’m a huge fan of Halloween. You know I had to include a show like this because I’m a huge fan of the Halloween franchise, and I spend hours baking Halloween treats every year. The inclusion of professional pumpkin carvers is what really sets this one apart. For some reason, you never think of them as someone who could be on a food competition show, but they are actually fantastic and give this holiday-themed show a charm that none of the others have.
3. Sugar Rush(Netflix)
It features four professional teams of two competing for $10,000 in a three-round baking competition hosted by Candace Nelson, the co-founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes.
In terms of cooking competition shows, Sugar Rush is certainly up there with the best. It doesn’t have any crazy razzle dazzle added to it, in my opinion. Nevertheless, what I find most appealing about Sugar Rush is the breadth of its offerings. Everything from the tiniest cupcake to the heaviest cake has so much personality and thought put into it. There are times when you can’t even believe that some of their creations are actually made out of food. All of them are extremely talented.
4. Guy’s Grocery Games (Discovery+)
Guy’s Grocery Games, hosted by chef Guy Fieri, features four chefs competing in a three-round elimination contest, while Fieri challenges them to cook good food using ingredients found in a grocery store. Each episode’s winning chef can receive up to $20,000 in prize money.
Guy Fieri, the host of Guy’s Grocery Games, is my favorite part of the show. The fun of the challenges he sets for these chefs stems from his incredibly imaginative mind. His challenges never cease to amuse, whether they’re about price limits, weight restrictions, or bizarre dishes and food that even chefs can’t touch.
5. Iron Chef America (Discovery+)
An “Iron Chef” competes against a guest chef in a one-hour cook-off with secret ingredients, a theme, or other big surprises in this American adaptation of the Japanese show of the same name.
What I like most about Iron Chef America is that it doesn’t limit itself to being just another cooking competition. People from all walks of life are being pitted against some of the world’s best chefs, rather than amateurs. So much anticipation is built around the possibility that someone will beat them, out-flavor or do anything else that will lead to them becoming the next Iron Chef. Alton Brown is a fantastic host who keeps the competition moving along with his charisma and style, as well as his culinary prowess.
6. Top Chef (Peacock)
One or more contestants (or more) are eliminated each episode of this classic cooking competition, which features chefs competing against each other in a variety of culinary challenges that are then judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables in the food and wine industry.
In terms of reality cooking competitions, Top Chef is an excellent model. The food was incredible, the contestants were fantastic, and the judges provided insightful commentary. The guest judges, in particular, were outstanding. We’re referring to the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Graham Elliot, and many others in the culinary world. As the show has lasted so long on the air, there have been numerous spin-offs. Incredibly impressive.
7. Masterchef (Hulu)
Masterchef is another Gordon Ramsey-created project that brings together a group of talented, unknown chefs to compete for a large cash prize and a culinary opportunity of a lifetime. Masterchef goes through crazy challenges, intense cookoffs, and many more moments of insanity to find the next Masterchef.
Masterchef is another show that I find more relatable than some of the others on this list because the contestants tend to be everyday people like me. MasterChef is a reality show that features everyday people who have a real passion for cooking, unlike shows like Hell’s Kitchen or Iron Chef, which often feature professionals in the industry. It’s reminiscent of Jon Favreau’s film Chef because they’re so passionate about the culinary world and want to make it big, and this could be their best shot.
8. Chopped (Discovery+)
Chopped is a popular television show that features four chefs competing for a $10,000 prize.
Chopped, hosted by Ted Allen, is a great show because of its one big twist – in every competition, each food item has an unusual ingredient. It’s up to the cooks to figure out a way to make these strange ingredients work and advance to the next round. They have more talent in one of their fingers than I do in my entire body, so I’ll let them handle the cooking.
9. The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
Following a group of accomplished British bakers, The Great British Baking Show follows a series of challenges in which they compete against each other to impress a panel of judges and avoid elimination in order to advance to the final round.
By now, most people should be familiar with The Great British Baking Show. In addition to the impressive baking skills of the contestants and judges, The Great British Baking Show will make you smile and laugh with some of the hilarious moments that come out of this show.
10. Nailed It! (Netflix)
Finally, we take a look at the Nailed It! show. This popular Netflix original show features a group of amateur bakers who compete against each other in a timed bake-off to see who can replicate the most difficult and intricate baking designs in two rounds.
It’s clear that this is the most relatable show out there for a reason. In reality, most of us lack baking skills, but that’s fine because it’s hilarious to watch these contestants fail miserably at their craft. Byer, who was a voice cast member for the Vivo app before being cast as the show’s host, is the star of the show, and her witty antics and hilarious anecdotes fill every episode.