Last Updated: June 29th
People, I think this concept is pretty self-explanatory. We like good food shows. Netflix has some. Off we go. Here are the best cooking shows on Netflix streaming, available right now.
10. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Food Porn: 6/10
Did I really put Guy Fieri’s show on the list? You bet I did. I love making fun of Guy as much as the next guy, but let’s not pretend there isn’t entertainment value in that. I do cringe every time he overpronounces the last name he gave himself, but for the most part he’s a lovable clown. And say what you will about the guy, he at least tends to go places worth a visit. He went to Tommy’s Joynt in San Francisco, and anyone who likes Tommy’s Joynt can’t be all bad. Honestly, I rarely get past the theme song, but if you can stomach Guy and the basic construction of the show, the cooking footage is usually pretty on point. Triple D doesn’t have much, but it has footage of people lovingly preparing food, and that is the basis of all food programming.
Food Porn: 5/10
Can you believe Chopped has been around since 2009? Look, it’s not high art, but for those of us who love food shows, there are the food shows that feel like the books on your shelf — the ones you advertise your love for in the hopes that it says something about you — and the food shows that are more like your secret porn stash. Chopped is obviously in the latter category. Chopped‘s concept – four contestants have to cook a dish incorporating four different ingredients provided by producers in three separate rounds — was pretty cool, once upon a time. It’s gotten progressively worse over the years, as it focuses more and more on each contestant’s backstory, be they cancer survivor, playing for a dead relative, bullied in middle school, etc., and as the baskets ingredients have skewed more toward prepared foods. I don’t want to watch someone cook with pumpkin pie, it’s already a pumpkin pie! Also, the climax shouldn’t be dessert, that’s an optional dish. Anyway, it’s Chopped. You’ve probably seen it. Netflix has 35 episodes.
8. Kitchen Nightmares US
Food Porn: 3/10
I can’t really stomach any of Gordon Ramsay’s network shows, but back in the day I used to binge-watch the hell out of his original “save a failing restaurant by screaming at everyone” flagship on BBC America. This show unfortunately seems to have created the assholes-being-mean-to-people subgenre (Bar Rescue, Shark Tank, et. al), because that’s all producers saw in its success, but the screaming was less a draw in Kitchen Nightmares than waiting to see if a restaurant could be saved simply by a five-figure budget and a guy giving the same exact advice every show. I lost interest right around the time I realized the editors were going to give us the same show every single time, with turning points timed to the second, regardless of what actually happened, but I can’t deny its initial watchability or place in the pantheon. “Make fresh food and don’t serve rat poop” is the moral of the story.
7. Beat Bobby Flay