13 Best Cooking Shows of All-Time

Matt R.

We all know it's fun to cook.

But let's be honest:

It's also fun to sit back, kick your feet up and watch other people cook.

With that in mind, here's a look at the very best cooking shows in TV history. Which is your favorite?

1. Top Chef

Top Chef
The five-star standard. Padma Lakshmi and company made their debut in 2006 and show no signs of slowing down.

2. MasterChef

How successful has this Gordon Ramsey-anchored series been? It's led the an actual spinoff, something you rarely see from cooking show.

3. MasterChef Junior

MasterChef Junior
That brings us, of course, to MasterChef Junior.

4. Chopped

You have a fruit roll-up... a rack of lamb... and two cans of Diet Pepsi. Make the best breakfast you can. GO!

5. Cake Boss

Cake Boss
The perfect mix of major attitudes, personal drama, inventive cakes… and unabashed Hoboken promotion.

6. Cutthroat Kitchen

Cutthroat Kitchen
The mischievous look on Alton Brown throughout this is worth a viewing alone.

7. Barefoot Contessa

Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten specializes in turning fancy food into food that nearly anyone can enjoy.

8. Emeril Live!

Emeril Live!
It went off the air way back in 2007, but has to get credit for helping to kickstart the whole cooking show trend.

9. Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay again. You can't say the chef doesn't know how to make entertaining television.

10. Ace of Cakes

Ace of Cakes
All about baking, this series (which went off the air in 2011) was all about Duff Goldman’s goofy personality and multitude of interesting friends.

11. Iron Chef America

Iron Chef America
A giant, dark room... an smoke machines... and more of Alton Brown! Our hearts are racing just thinking of it.

12. The Naked Chef

The Naked Chef
This show introduced us to Jamie Oliver. Enough said, right, ladies?

13. The French Chef

The French Chef
How can we not include the show, as old as it may be, that introduced Julia Child into the lives of millions?

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