Whether it's Gordon Ramsay berating the latest batch of Hell's Kitchen recruits or Paul Hollywood's iconic Bake Off handshake, TV cooking competitions offer unrivalled entertainment for the whole family. Though TV cooking competitions aren't a particularly new phenomenon, they've achieved cult status in recent years, commanding a dedicated following from foodies and fans alike. Whether you enjoy the mystery box challenges, want to learn new recipes, or simply like watching Joe Bastianich fly off his handle, TV cooking shows are a niche genre enjoyed by millions. So what are the top cooking competitions on TV? In the upcoming article, we are going to look at televisions' most popular culinary competitions and what makes them so popular.
First airing in 2006, Top Chef is an American reality cooking competition which pits chefs against each other through a series of challenges. They are judged by a panel of food and wine experts, with one or more contestants being eliminated each round. Top Chef's popularity and cult following stem from its innovative challenges, creative culinary tasks and unique cooking tests.
Based on the hugely popular BBC show, MasterChef America debuted in 2010. Unlike Top Chef, MasterChef takes amateur home cooks with the promise of turning them into culinary professionals. The competition is judged by Food Network icon Aaron Sanchez, celebrity chef Joe Bastianich, and Michelin Star chef Gordon Ramsay.
First airing in 2006, The Great British Bake Off pits amateur bakers against each other in a series of technical, creative and innovative tasks. The show was originally judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, however, following a move from BBC to Channel 4, the show is now judged by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Hell's Kitchen is an American reality cooking show. Throughout the competition, Michelin Star chef Gordon Ramsay puts a series of young culinary hopefuls through their paces in order to determine which chef will win the head chef position at the iconic Hell's Kitchen restaurant.
Chopped is an American reality-based cooking television game show hosted by Ted Allen. The show pits 4 chefs against one another as they compete to win $10,000. The chefs compete in a 3-round contest, having to use a series of unusual ingredients to produce a 3-course meal that will wow the judges.
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