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Cooking shows have come a long way since Ready Steady Cook. Now they’re actually good and it seems the vast majority of them are on Netflix, just like everything else. From the beautifully shot food show winning Emmys to the one with all the celebrity guests and even a show entirely dedicated to tacos, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on.

Scroll on to find the ones plating up some serious food porn, that are more than just another Nigella innuendo (although, we do love a Nigella innuendo).

Chef’s Table

If Bake Off is at one end of the cooking show spectrum, Chef’s Table is at the other. Don’t get us wrong, as much as we love Mary’s distain for a soggy bottom and those steely looks from old blue eyes Hollywood, this Netflix Original series is a must-watch for genuine foodies.

Each episode takes an intimate look at one of the world’s top chefs, not only taking you into their intimate workspaces but around the globe too. Head to Italy with three-Michelin star chef Massimo Bottura or London via India with Asma Khan. Without a doubt one of the most beautifully shot food shows ever.

Website: www.netflix.com

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

We really wanted to include Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in this list because it was nothing but utterly brilliant. Even though the late chef and broadcaster’s show was taken off Netflix after his death 2018, it’s worth a mention and a watch if you can find it. The Rockstar of the food world can be seen (or heard rather) thanks to his narrating in this documentary that takes a look at influential chef Jeremiah Tower and how he played a pivotal role in the California cuisine movement.

An honest and compelling look at the life of a top chef – exactly what Bourdain did so well.

Website: www.netflix.com

Ugly Delicious

“All the flavour. None of the BS” is the tagline to this Netflix Original, as celebrity chef David Chang leads his friends on a mouth-watering, cross-cultural hunt for the best food in the world. No fads, no gimmicks, no overuse of avocado – think fried chicken, pizza, BBQ and tacos.

Website: www.netflix.com

Street Food

Ten years ago you had to travel the world to see the best street food, but today you can get your food kicks practically on your doorstop thanks to an abundance of vendors setting up shop across the capital.

This show strips it back to the original street food masters, taking the viewer from Bangkok to Osaka, Deli to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the delicious dishes and the people who make them through the sounds, smoke and stories of this inspiring series.

Website: www.netflix.com

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Salt, fat, acid, heat: the four essential elements of cooking are the basis of (yet another) Netflix Original. It’s headed up by chef and food writer Samin Nosrat, who travels the world to explore these four basic principles. Expect to be inspired and come away with helpful tips you can put to use in your own kitchen.

Website: www.netflix.com

The Mind of a Chef

If you’re after a real binge without the calorie count, there are five whole series-worth of this on Netflix. Produced and narrated by Anthony Bourdain (again), it’s won multiple Emmys and explores the created processes of international celebrity chefs and learns what fuels their creative minds. Chefs range from David Chang to Gabrielle Hamilton.

Website: www.netflix.com

Taco Chronicles

Some of the best dishes are the simplest and this Spanish-language series celebrates that by homing in on nothing more than the humble taco. There are a whole six episodes just on tacos and spoiler alert… it’s not boring. Granted, you need to have an interest in food, ideally Mexican and ideally tacos, but who doesn’t? Taco Tuesday just got a whole new meaning.

Website: www.netflix.com

Cooked

Food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transformed food and shaped our world, from baking to brewing, braising to fermenting. One for science geeks as well as food fans.

Website: www.netflix.com

The Chef Show

Not to be mistaken for the film Chef but does star Jon Favreau, The Chef Show sees Favreau team up with chef Roy Choi and a gaggle of celebrity friends, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Seth Rogan.

Favreau and Choi first met when they worked on the Chef movie and have bonded over their shared love of food since. Food, celebs and lots of laughs, this is classic easy-watching, binge-worthy Netflix fodder.

Website: www.netflix.com

The Final Table

Like a global version of Eurovision meets Masterchef, The Final Table is the ultimate culinary competition where 12 pairs of chefs from around the world battle it out to earn a place at the Final Table. Highly-acclaimed chefs such as Grant Achatz from the US, Enrique Olvera from Mexico, Yoshihiro Narisawa from Japan and our very own Clare Smyth from the UK all feature and focus on their own country’s national cuisine.

Website: www.netflix.com

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

There’s somewhat of a theme or a magic formula that Netflix have discovered, and it involves an A-list celeb, a celeb chef and food. Chef David Chang takes his insatiable curiosity about food on the road, pulling in celeb friends from Seth Rogan (again!) to Chrissy Teigen along the way.

Website: www.netflix.com

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