It doesn't matter if you're looking for more of a culinary history lesson or just want to have a little laugh via a competitive baking show—Netflix has more than enough binge-worthy and highly addictive shows to choose from in all those veins. So, if you've been looking for a sign to actually tackle your "My List" portion of your profile, consider this to be your burning bush.
Here are 11 of the best cooking shows on Netflix that you should be binging right now.
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Perhaps one of the best explorations of Black history and the impact it has made on the food culture, High on the Hog is a must-watch for food lovers everywhere. Based on the 2011 culinary history book High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America by food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris, the four part docuseries—which is hosted by Stephen Satterfield—takes viewers on a deep dive into the constantly white-washed history of Black food.
With three seasons of sweet fun and two Christmas specials available for streaming, you can expect nothing but an uproariously good time when binging this baking competition.
Are you an at-home baker who would loves to try your hand at fancy and creative cakes? Well, Nailed It! is the show just for you. Co-hosted by Nicole Byer (who doesn't have a background in food) and Jacques Torres (who very much does), the show—which premiered its fifth season this spring—sees novice home bakers, plenty of whom have a terrible track record with baking, try their hands at nailing edible masterpieces. All for a chance at $10,000, BTW!
Take a culinary journey around the world with six seasons of the Emmy-nominated docuseries Chef's Table. From innovative dishes to tantalizing desserts, viewers are given a firsthand look at what it actually takes to impact the culinary space.
The Great British Baking Show
Think you've got what it takes to be the best baker in the U.K. or maybe just on your own block? The Great British Baking Show might make you question your skills. Watch as a number of talented bakers face-off for 10 weeks at the chance to be named the best baker in the country. There are eight seasons total, so you'll have plenty material to keep you busy. Oh, and it's worth noting: This show is the loveliest, most soothing watch of all time.
The American Barbecue Showdown
Find yourself wondering what it takes to be a real pitmaster? These contestants will show you how it goes. Providing comedy and camaraderie in each episode, eight of the country's best backyard smokers and pitmasters go head-to-head to see who will take home the title of American Barbecue Champion.
Cooking on High
Touted as the first-ever cannabis cooking competition show, Cooking on High sees two chefs show their best marijuana-infused dishes in front of celebrity judges. So if you've ever wanted to know what else you could do with your favorite recreational habit, here ya go.
Have you always, always wanted to visit China? This show will take you on a journey through the rich culinary traditions of the country without having to leave the comfort of your couch.
Restaurants on the Edge
If you happen to be one of the many people who love food and design, this is the show for you. You might get a few ideas on what to make for dinner, too.
Salt Fat Acid Heat
What does it take to make the perfect meal? According to chef and food writer Samin Nosrat, these are the four basic keys that you'll want to get just right every single time. She's an absolute expert and a joy to watch.
Join chef David Chang as he embarks on a journey for the world's most delicious and palate-pleasing meals. Plus, you might even find your next bucket-list place to visit. After all, traveling is all about the food, right?
OK, fine, it's not exactly a food or cooking show, but anything featuring as many tea parties and promenades as Bridgerton does deserves a place on this list, IMO.
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