‘A best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,’ goes the saying, which gives a true implication on cooking. This is one splendid activity that transports one to a different world altogether. Cooking is so much of fun and also a stress buster for many. And to add to this, there are many cooking shows airing on channels to help us retain the enjoyment while cooking. With media booming up with many cookery shows, cooking is no more a boring task. One can have fun and adventure with cooking and when the end result is well appreciated, one feels he/she is flying high on the seventh sky. There is nothing more than giving happiness to someone by cooking something very special. Not that one who cooks feels happier, but even one who relishes the taste also gets the same excitement. This is one such unique art that does not satiate soon, instead goes on and on. Food, as well all know, plays an important role in our life. But, food without good taste is like a punishment imposed on someone. With these cooking shows and competitions, people strive to improve their culinary skills in order to cook different varieties of mouth-watering delicacies.
Some of the best cooking shows currently on air have been jotted down.
A well-known cooking reality show, MasterChef has many variations to it such as MasterChef Junior, MasterChef India, MasterChef Australia, MasterChef UK and many more. MasterChef UK, headed by none other than the famous Gordon Ramsay, is yet another feather on the chef Ramsay’s cap. This culinary show has budding cooking amateurs competing amongst themselves for the top position. Packed with critics, anxiety, apprehension as well as excitement, MasterChef is a must-watch show.
2. America’s Test Kitchen
One of the most-viewed cooking shows on television, this series is hosted by Christopher Kimball. Each recipe has been well-thought and well-planned that help solve routine cooking problems faced in households. With the cooks and host adopting a practical approach to most the cooking queries, this has turned to be an all-time favourite cooking show. The first episode of this show was aired on January 2001. America’s Test Kitchen has each episode dedicated to a special theme and it is based on this theme that chefs cook mouth-watering dishes.
3. Iron Chef America
A cooking show of its kinds, this is an ideal platform for all the cooking professionals. The new added element in the current season would be the 20-minute challenge, wherein an exotic dish needs to be made in about 20 minutes and then needs to be presented to the judging panel. Aired on Food Network, this show is a themed one with previous episode winners contesting with competing challengers.
4. Cook Smart
A popular show on Food Food, this is sure to steal all the hearts. Hosted by India’s Master Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, this culinary show unveils the secrets behind yummy and mouthwatering delicacies. A co-owner of this channel, Food Food, he is known for his extraordinary cooking skills. Not just those, he has authored several cook books with simple yet healthy recipes ranging from starters to desserts. He comes out with a variety of innovative dishes that could be easily tried by one and all. This master chef will telecast some of the most famous 100 recipes that would include appetizers, main course and desserts as well.
5. Hell’s Kitchen
Broadcasted on channel Fox, this cookery show has the name of a top chef, none other than Gordon Ramsay. Known for his quick wits and short-temper, he can slit one’s neck without using a knife. Such a powerful man is he that competitors get really jittery on hearing his comments. An American cooking reality show, Hell’s Kitchen is all about polishing the culinary skills of aspiring chefs. These young chefs enter show with a goal and dream but soon realize that with Gordon, one can start expecting the worst. An exciting show by itself, Hell’s Kitchen is soon going to rock again somewhere in mid-2014.
6. Top Chef
This is a one-of-its-kind cooking competition that provides a stage for all professional chefs to exhibit their cooking skills. With umpteen challenges and experienced judges, Top Chef has already left a mark in the world of cooking competitions. Started in the year 2006, this show is aired on Bravo channel and hosted by Padma Lakshmi. With Season 13 already winded up on the first week of February, the excitement for next season is all about to begin in the later part of 2014.
Aired on Food Network, this cooking competition comes up with astounding challenges. With a total of four chefs competing in each episode, the main task is to prepare a three-course meal. This is not just a normal preparation as these chefs need to cook from those routine ingredients as selected by the panel of judges. The competitors need to ensure that their food must definitely contain the selected ingredients. Given a time frame, chefs need to exhibit their culinary skills by cooking some extraordinary cuisines in the form of an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. This show is being hosted by Ted Allen and decides who the winner is and who gets chopped off.
8. Mummy Ka Magic
A cookery show aimed at kids, this opens up a whole new world of cuisines for kids. Nothing could be better than this for stealing those little hearts. There is a continuing saga of kids getting bored with food easily. But, now mummies can heave a big sigh of relief as Amrita Raichand, the show host, would take one on a splendid journey to foodie land. Not that food only would be appealing, but also would be nutritious and healthy for kids. For all those fussy-eaters, time has come when they would turn into hardcore food cravers. This is a 30-minute show being aired on the channel Food Food.
9. 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray
As the name indicates, this popular cookery show helps one cook delicious food in not more than 30 minutes. Rachael Ray, a popular host of this show, unveils many interesting delicacies that can be cooked very quickly. She vouches on her statement that it would definitely not take more than half-hour to try out her food items. There is no more of struggling or staying in the kitchen for long hours. With this cooking show, one can enjoy good food as well as get the advantage of spending time with loved ones. This cooking show is telecasted from Monday to Sunday on Food Network Channel.
This is classic cookery show that unveils a lot of information behind the fun-filled American cooking. Hosted by Marc Summers, this show takes one on a joyous ride from peanut butter preparation to the making of chips and chocolate syrup. Starting his career as a stand-up comedian, Marc’s interest towards cooking made him a popular host of this cooking show. Some of the cooking subjects revolve around breakfast cereals, food for dinner, snacks and sweet candies. First aired in 2001, ‘Unwrapped’ breaks the myths and facts on the origins of sponsored food. The unique aspect of this show is the tours made to different food factories on different locations. Aired on Food Network channel, this show is telecasted at 03:30 AM SST.