Best Food and Cooking Shows on Netflix in 2019

Cheryl Greenway What's on Netflix Avatar

Netflix has the perfect selection of cooking and food TV series cooked to perfection for your binging delight. We’ve sifted our way through the thousands of titles on Netflix and baked up our favorite list of the 25 best food and cooking shows on Netflix for 2019.

Foodie shows have been around forever. We just can’t seem to get enough of them. They often offer much more than the ingredients. They include a look at different cultures, lives, and landscapes. Luckily, Netflix has a big library of series to fill your appetite. From baking to competitions to the science behind the magic, you’ll be satisfied.

Last updated: January 25th

Featured Videos

25. The Big Family Cooking Showdown Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

In this competition show, multi-generational family teams battle it out for the chance to be crowned the nation’s best family of home cooks. Hosted by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and Zoë Ball, each week two teams of three family members compete in three challenges to see who is the best.

24. Zumbo’s Just Desserts Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

In this very brightly colored show, patisserie wizard Adriano Zumbo looks for the next “Willy Wonka.” Amateur Australian chefs compete to impress Zumbo with their sweet creations. Those who don’t make the mark go head to head and must replicate his unique desserts in a challenge, all for a chance at $100,000.

23. Rebel Without a Kitchen

Seasons Available: 2

Sandwich chef Matt Basile hits the streets and looks for all the best food trucks, pop-ups, and carts have to offer. He travels to major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada in search of the best food trucks and restaurants inspired by street food.

22. A Cook Abroad

Seasons Available: 1

Chefs travel the globe in search of some of the oldest recipes known to man. This show is unique in that the host changes from location to location. In one episode celebrity chef Dave Meyer travels to Egypt. In another chef Tony Singh visits his parents’ homeland of Glasgow. It’s a nice changeup.

21. Ainsley Eats The Streets

Seasons Available: 1

Chef Ainsley Harriott embarks on a journey around the world to explore the relationship between local street foods and cultural identity in places tourists usually overlook.

20. Testing The Menu

Seasons Available: 1

Japanese inspired chef Nic Watt creates, then tweaks, recipes for his New Zealand restaurant by asking ordinary people on the street to give them the taste test. Nic shows viewers how to unlock no-fuss flavors with simple ingredients

19. The Wild Chef

Seasons Available: 2

Canadian chef Martin Picard turns the Quebec backcountry into his own makeshift kitchen, transforming wild game such as moose, muskrat and more into wilderness delicacies.

18. Taste of the Country

Seasons Available: 1

Canadian special-event planner Danielle French joins forces with her friends and family to create special events from scratch. They host events at her idyllic farm, where guests enjoy fresh local ingredients, a pond, rustic buildings and vintage decor.

17. Raja Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan

Seasons Available: 1
Original Network: Epic Channel

Now we’re really starting to get into the shows that are as wonderful for your eyes as your taste buds. This lush show gives an inside look into the royal kitchens of India. It gives information about historical events that influenced culinary practices in different parts of India and features a combination of recipes using local herbs, rare fowls, and elaborate preparation methods. It’s beautiful.

16. Rotten Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

This is a very different kind of food show but deserves to be included. It’s a definite departure from everything on the list. Brought to you by the folks behind Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, it’s a true-crime series for the foodie, traveling deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

15. The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass

Seasons Available: 3
Original Network: BBC

Hosts of The Great British Baking Show Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood leave the tent and go into the kitchen to put their professional spin on things you’ve seen in the show. They demonstrate techniques and cook several of the challenges that they previously assigned to contestants during the competition, including English muffins, breadsticks, angel food cake, and more.

14. Million Pound Menu

Seasons Available: 1
Original Network: BBC

Aspiring restaurant owners vie to for the chance to open their own businesses. They have three days to plead their case to some of the most influential investors in the food industry. During this time customers try the food they have presented under the watchful eye of the investors.

13. Nailed It Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 2

This surprise break-out hit is sort of based on the “Pinterest fail.” Comic Nicole Byer and renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres host this fun show where less than successful home cooks are tasked with recreating edible masterpieces. The atmosphere is always entertaining and it’s very amusing.

12. The Final Table Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

If you like Iron Chef you’re going to love this ambitious Netflix Original show. Twelve pairs of chefs from around the world prepare dishes from a number of nations, including Mexico, Spain, England, Japan, India, and the U.S. Each episode puts the focus on a specific country, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics, and the country’s greatest chef judging the competitors.

11. Ugly Delicious Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

Celebrated James Beard Award-winning chef David Cheng takes us out of the sterile environment of the kitchen and into the world of food that is simply delicious. Joined by writers, celebrities (including Jimmy Kimmel and Nick Kroll), other chefs, and more he travels the world seeking to break traditions and cultural barriers.

10. Salt Fat Acid Heat Netflix Original 

Seasons Available: 1

This series is based on the book written by James Beard Award-winning author Samin Nosrat. In this series, she travels around the world to demystify and explore the central principles of what makes food delicious. Traveling from everywhere from Italy to Berkley, she explores what makes food delicious at its core and how people can incorporate into their own cooking.

9. Chef’s Table France Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

Chef’s Table is art. It’s a sumptuous, high-definition view of glossy, amazing foodscapes. This installment focuses on the mecca of food: France. Chefs Alain Passard, Adeline Grattard, Alexandre Couillon and Michel Troisgros explore rich culinary traditions with ideas that push boundaries, fuse cuisines and defy expectations.

8. The Mind of a Chef

Seasons Available: 5
Original Network: PBS

This James Beard Award-winning PBS television series is narrated by Anthony Bourdain and follows some of the best and brightest culinary minds. It combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor. Each season brings a new host and fresh and exciting recipes.

7. Avec Eric

Seasons Available: 1
Original Network: PBS

Join Michelin three-star chef Eric Ripert as he teaches viewers how to achieve elegant simplicity at home and elevate their food experiences. Each episode is a journey from the restaurant to the source of Ripert’s inspiration—from the people, places, cultures, and ingredients that influence his signature dishes.

6. Cooked Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1

Award-winning food writer Michael Pollan delves into how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Explored through the four natural elements – fire, water, air, and earth – it’s a look at the transformation of what food means to us through the history of its preparation and its universal ability to connect us.

5. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 4 Collections
Original Network: Crackle

This morsel-sized show combines the coolest of cars with the funniest of people and the tastiest of bites. Host Jerry Seinfeld picks up his guests in vintage cars and chats with them as they journey to coffee houses, restaurants, and diners. More about the conversation than the calories, it really is the best of fun and highly bingeable. Formerly on Crackle, all of the previous episodes are available with brand new Netflix episodes sprinkled in.

4. The Great British Baking Show

Seasons Available: 6
Original network: BBC

This series is a delight. A fresh departure from other competition shows, it’s quiet. The contestants are polite and bake lovely treats and it generally just makes you happy. I think we could all use a little of that in our lives.

3. Somebody Feed Phil Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 2 Parts

Formerly on PBS, this award-winning show follows Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal as he journeys with friends and guests to explore the local cuisine and cultures of Bangkok, Lisbon, Mexico City and beyond. The real fun of this show is Rosenthal himself and his lighthearted love of food and the way it makes memories and brings people together.

2. Parts Unknown

Seasons Available: 5
Original Network: CNN

When you think of food shows you think of Anthony Bourdain. The bestselling author tours the globe to uncover little-known destinations and diverse cultures, traveling to extraordinary locations around the world to sample a variety of local cuisines. Bourdain’s commentary is as fundamental as the meals. The show has won 5 Emmy Awards, gotten 11 nominations for writing, sound mixing, editing, and cinematography, and has won a Peabody Award.

1. Chef’s Table Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 5 Volumes

Netflix’s flagship foodie show, this series is a luxurious look at ingredients and the people that make magic with them. Creator David Gelb considers it a follow-up to his critically acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Truly a feast for the eyes, each episode gives you an opulent high-definition profile of a single world-renowned chef and their environment.

Written by

Cheryl has written for What’s on Netflix for over three years. She’s a confessed streaming addict and also runs a Netflix based community on Facebook with over 10,000 users. Cheryl specializes in documentaries and covers weekly additions for the US in addition to breaking news stories. She is the Weekend Editor for What’s On Netflix. Cheryl resides in Virginia, USA.

 Poster Rating: TV-PG
Language: English
Genre: Game-Show, Reality-TV
Cast: Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Prue Leith
Season Additions:
  • - Collection 11 - New Episodes Weekly was added to Netflix on September 29th, 2023
  • - Collection 9 - New Episodes Weekly was added to Netflix on September 16th, 2022
  • - Collection 9 - New Episodes Weekly was added to Netflix on September 24th, 2021
  • - Season 11 / Collection 8 - New Episodes Weekly was added to Netflix on September 25th, 2020
  • - Collection 7 - Episode 1 was added to Netflix on August 30th, 2019
  • - Season 6 was added to Netflix on November 9th, 2018
  • - Season 5 was added to Netflix on August 31st, 2018
View Viewing Statistics