In the last two decades, the number of food shows has increased, especially in the last couple of years. With all this growth, choose a good program can be difficult. But fortunately for us, Netflix help us solve this problem! The number of options is huge. From food travel to the most elaborated documentaries, the options are getting better and better. With so many options available we decided to put together a list of the Best Food Shows On Netflix.
Netflix has played an important role in food shows. The success of Chef’s Table broke new ground, not only in its aesthetic approach to food but in the intimate way it showcased the great minds working within the highest level of food artistry today.
But the best part about the increasing popularity of food series is that there’s something for everyone! Whatever your palate, budget, or viewing preferences. So whether it’s Southern barbecue, Japanese ramen, French pastries, or Molecular Gastronomy that you’re into, it’s undoubtedly out there.
To give you a rundown, we’ve listed some of the best food shows on Netflix. And if you want to have a perfect movie night don’t forget to see our list of The best movie snacks.
The critically-acclaimed series returns for its latest iteration, delving into the smoky, juicy world of barbecue. Featured chefs and pitmasters include Tootsie Tomantez, Lennox Hastie, Rodney Scott, and Rosalia Chay Chuc.
As much as this continuation of the long-running food documentary series highlights the offerings of restaurants the world over, it has consistently foregrounded the people leading their part in a long culinary tradition. With episodes led by different directors, these chapters end up in conversation with each other. Without offering a grand unified theory of BBQ, “Chef’s Table” can instead celebrate the styles and features that those in a particular region can claim as its own.
Writer, director and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi explore food in and out of the kitchen with accomplished chefs and celebrity friends. The show takes elements from food and travel TV and stand-and-stir cooking shows and blends them into a micro-talk show format with big-name guests.
Throughout the series, Choi and Favreau are joined by his guests in locations both far-flung and close to home, with an eclectic array of episodes bound together by an overarching philosophy.
This show has it all but still feels small and personal. Plus, the easy back-and-forth between Favreau and Choi as they cook is wonderfully familiar.
Chef’s Table is the great success of Netflix. This series portrays in a spectacular way what goes on behind the scenes of the best restaurants in the world. The show succeeds in not only highlighting each masterful chef’s talents and the dining experiences at their respective restaurants but by allowing them to tell their own story. It gives us a deeper appreciation of who they are, where they come from, and what they’ve overcome. It’s incredibly inspiring to watch and confirms why these individuals truly are the best in their trade.
Chef’s Table offers definitely some of the best food cinematography out there, confirming why it’s one of the best food shows on Netflix.
Created by the filmmakers behind Chef’s Table, Street Food is a show that instead of focusing on the finest of fine dining establishments around the world (and the chefs that command them), it focus on street foods around the world. From roadside stands to markets brimming with locals-only cuisine, each episode explores the experiences in culinary greatness that are feasted upon by countless people every day.
Archival footage is combined with face to face interviews and follows street food chefs and their history, which is intertwined with the big picture of how influential street food is on their native country.
Already in season 2, Taco Chronicles is a Spanish-language series that looks at, you guessed it, tacos. Each episode (six on season 1 and sevon on season 2) explores a different type of taco. From how it’s made to its cultural import, you get a firsthand view of one of the best meals on the planet. Like many food-related shows, be ready, because it’s going to make you very, very hungry. Like, very hungry.
The Final Table its the most ambitious food show from Netflix, and one of the biggest food competitions ever made. In teams of two, 24 chefs from around the world will compete by cooking the cuisines of nine different countries over the course of ten episodes, trying to impress a panel of well-known chefs, celebrities, and food critics. When the show was first announced, big names in the food world were thrown around, including recent Michelin star honoree Clare Smyth, Enrique Olvera, Grant Achatz, and Anne-Sophie Pic all seated at the coveted “Final Table,” where one of the competing chefs will be awarded a spot in the finale,
Basically, at its core, The Final Table is essentially a World Cup of culinary competitions.
Of course, culinary series that feature extraordinary chefs can be exciting to watch, but throwing totally unqualified bakers into a dessert-decorating competition is extremely entertaining. That’s what the comedic baking competition series Nailed It does. Toppling cakes, melting frosting, fluorescent goo – there’s no shortage of “Pinterest fails” on this hilarious reality bake-off competition that debuted in March 2018.
This competition takes three amateur bakers through three consecutively difficult rounds that seem to be set up for disaster. Hosted by comedian Nicole Byer and pastry chef Jacques Torres, there’s the right amount of hilarity and a serious appreciation for the craft.
Netflix’s Nailed It is perfect for those who are looking for a good laugh at some terrible cooking!
Hosted by chef David Chang of Momofuku, Ugly Delicious is the antithesis of fine dining and snooty food elitism. Each episode is based on a type of food or a specific method of preparation. Detailing its history, cultural significance, and innovative ways it’s progressed or been adapted. As if David Chand was not enough, this series also joins names like April Bloomfield, Magnus Nilsson, and even Anthony Bourdain (as narrator).
This show was produced by Zero Point Zero Productions which is perfected this types of shows with Bourdain’s series, making it one of the best series available on Netflix.
At its core, Mind of a Chef is an exploration of the creative process behind each dish. So if you like your food delicious with a side of humor, and cultural relevance, then Ugly Delicious is for you.
Rotten dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.
Returning with its second season, Rotten explores the, well, rotten side of food production. In season one, you can find explorations of garlic, honey, milk, and more. Season two tackles a new set of topics, including avocados and sugar. This isn’t a feel-good series, but it is worth a watch. You’ll feel disgusted at times, angry at others, and most likely you’ll not ever look at the foods you eat the same ever again.
This American cooking documentary television series featuring chef Samin Nosrat is based on her 2017 best seller cookbook, Salt Fat Acid Heat.
In this show Nosrat travels the world, digging into how salt, fat, acid, and heat change food and all the ways those elements differ across cultures. Nosrat’s infectious love of all things food really draws you in, with the beautiful dishes and locales adding a layer of wanderlust to the whole affair. It’ll be really hard not to binge this series in one sitting, is what we’re saying.
Journalist and author Michael Pollan’s Cooked takes a look at food from a scientific and often personal point of view. In this documentary series, Pollan sets out on a quest to see just exactly how the act of cooking transforms both food on the physical level and the world that we as people build around food
Each episode looks at how fire, water, air, and the earth help us create the food and flavors we know and love. This is the sort of show for food lovers who want to have a better understanding of what it is that makes food cultures worldwide/ through history so incredibly unique.