Home Feature news The 10 best, most mouthwatering cooking shows on Netflix

The 10 best, most mouthwatering cooking shows on Netflix

If you’re craving a new cooking show, Netflix has you covered.

The streaming service’s selection of food and cooking shows ranges from competitions to documentaries to helpful tutorials. Whether you’re looking to learn a new recipe or just want to gaze at beautiful food, you can’t go wrong with any of the entries on this list. They’re all informative, engaging, and full of absolutely delicious things to eat. Just be sure to avoid watching them on an empty stomach, otherwise you may find yourself licking your screen.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the best cooking shows on Netflix.

1. Chef’s Table

A beautiful dish courtesy of Chef Niki Nakayama.
Credit: Netflix

Each episode of Chef’s Table follows a different world-class chef, detailing their relationship to food and their culinary inspirations. It’s incredibly satisfying to watch these masters of their craft do what they do best, and the show’s sumptuous cinematography turns every dish into a work of art. You’ll come away from Chefs Table with a renewed excitement about food, as well as some ideas for new dishes and extra fancy plating.

How to watch: Chef’s Table is now streaming on Netflix.

2. High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

Netflix knows how to make a good cooking show. But High on the Hog is more than that. In this stunning four-part docuseries, food journalist Stephen Satterfield follows the journey of African cuisine across West Africa and the United States. It’s a celebration of culture and cultural preservation that not only inspires but also urges viewers to appreciate the complex origins of food and family tradition as part of our global history.*Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: High on the Hog is now streaming on Netflix.

3. Nadiya’s Time to Eat

Nadiya Hussain holding a saucepan and spatula
Nadiya Hussain is a tremendous host.
Credit: Netflix

Cooking can be time-consuming. If you have a busy schedule, you might find it impossible to make yourself a full meal. Nadiya Hussain understands and is here to help. Throughout this charming series, Hussain, who won The Great British Baking Show in 2015, shares time-saving recipes that won’t sacrifice flavor. All of her dishes are designed with ease in mind, and her helpful hosting style makes this one of the most watchable cooking shows on Netflix. If you want more of Hussain’s expertise, check out the equally lovely Nadiya Bakes.

How to watch: Nadiya’s Time to Eat is now streaming on Netflix.

4. Nailed It!

Comedian Nicole Byer is joined by famed pastry chef Jacques Torres in judging this bake-off for amateurs. In each episode, unskilled competitors go head-to-head for a $10,000 cash prize and the prestigious Nailed It! trophy. With no experience and incredibly difficult assignments, this chaotic mess is more about what doesn’t work out than what does. You’ll smile at the winners, and laugh hysterically at the losers. It’s like a failed Pinterest projects collection, but on Netflix and with food.*A.F.

How to watch: Nailed It! is now streaming on Netflix.

5. Salt Fat Acid Heat

Two women, including host Samin Nosrat, eat cheese in front of a wall of cheese wheels
Oh, to eat cheese with Samin Nosrat.
Credit: Netflix

Part cooking show, part travel show, Salt Fat Acid Heat is a masterclass in flavor that feels like a warm hug. Join chef and author Samin Nosrat as she explains how mastering the show’s four titular components will make you a better cook. You’ll be treated to mouthwatering shots of some of the world’s best food as the series moves from Italy to Japan to Mexico to the U.S. Along the way, Nosrat’s excitement about good food is infectious. By the time you’ve finished the series, you’ll be savoring everything you make with the same gusto she exhibits when enjoying an aged cheese or an excellent soy sauce.

How to watch: Salt Fat Acid Heat is now streaming on Netflix.

6. School of Chocolate

A chocolate sculpture of an octopus climbing up the bottom of a lighthouse.
It’s all chocolate!
Credit: Netflix

Do you enjoy baking competitions but hate watching people go home each week? Then be sure to check out School of Chocolate, a competition show where no one ever goes home. Instead of following a typical elimination format, School of Chocolate feels more like a masterclass where everyone gets a chance to learn and improve. Eight chefs study the art of chocolate and pastry with chef and master chocolatier Amaury Guichon. They get useful tips and feedback, and we get to feast our eyes on gorgeous chocolate creations. It’s a win-win!

How to watch: School of Chocolate is now streaming on Netflix.

7. Taco Chronicles

Taco Chronicles showcases the versatility of its titular food. Every episode tracks the history and preparation styles of a different kind of taco and includes interviews with food writers, historians, and, of course, taco vendors. The show’s sharp focus allows it to really dig into the nitty-gritty of what makes tacos so amazing and so popular. If you don’t have a hankering for tacos by the end of the first episode, you must be some kind of superhuman.

How to watch: Taco Chronicles is now streaming on Netflix.

8. The Chef Show

Two men, hosts Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, stand side by side behind a kitchen counter. They are seasoning two large pieces of meat.
Roy Choi and Jon Favreau take you on a culinary journey.
Credit: Netflix

Did you enjoy Jon Favreau’s 2014 film Chef? Do you wish it had a spin-off TV series? Well, you’re in luck, because The Chef Show exists! Favreau stars as himself alongside chef Roy Choi, who co-produced and served as a consultant on Chef. Like Chef, The Chef Show is a tribute to good food and the people who make it. So, Favreau and Choi interview and cook with a bevy of talented chefs and celebrity guests. The recipes and cooking segments are chill and relaxed, making it feel like instead of being lectured by experts, you’re learning from friends.

How to watch: The Chef Show is now streaming on Netflix.

9. The Great British Baking Show

Few cooking competitions are as comforting as The Great British Baking Show, which is full of challenging bakes, lovable contestants, and so, so many innuendos. What really makes The Great British Baking Show special are the contestants, who are all gifted amateur bakers. Once you see the kinds of elaborate concoctions they’re able to whip up, you’ll be jumping to put on an apron and get baking yourself. Just be sure to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom.

How to watch: The Great British Baking Show is now streaming on Netflix.

10. Waffles + Mochi

First Lady Michelle Obama in a vegetable garden talking to puppets
First Lady Michelle Obama helps teach Waffles and Mochi about food.
Credit: Adam Rose/Netflix

If you’re looking for a cooking show that’s as informative as it is wholesome, then Waffles + Mochi is the show for you. Waffles and Mochi are food-loving puppets, who find themselves working at a supermarket run by former First Lady Michelle Obama. They go on journeys all around the world to learn more about different foods and healthy eating. Along the way, they encounter world-famous chefs and celebrity guests, each with special lessons to impart. Waffles + Mochi is educational, adorable, and perfect for getting kids interested in the food they’re eating.

How to watch: Waffles + Mochi is now streaming on Netflix.

Asterisks (*) indicate the entry has been modified from another Mashable streaming list.

Most Popular

Transformation Blueprint: Winning Tactics

Set The Vision, Align Stakeholders, And Communicate The volume, velocity, and complexity of change thrust upon us leave little room to avoid transformation. The only...

5 Reasons To Start An Independent Online Tutoring Business

Kick-Start Your eLearning Entrepreneurial Journey The eLearning industry is growing rapidly all over the world. According to recent reports, the global online tutoring market was...

The Importance Of A Rapid eLearning Strategy For Your L&D Department

How Does A Rapid eLearning Strategy Benefit Your L&D Department? A rapid eLearning strategy is quick to create and consume, especially when compared to traditional...

What LMS Gamification Is And How It Can Help Your Business Succeed

Using Gamification To Boost Employee Engagement A growing number of organizations are implementing gamification within various aspects of the workplace—and their LMS is no exception....