Top 4 Rated Food Shows Across the Globe
Sometimes all it takes is some inspiration to venture into tasting or creating a delicious meal. Television dedicated to cuisine is one of the most popular inspirations for these adventures across the world. Statistics show “just one on five U.S. adults (21%) say they never watch TV shows about cooking while three in 10 (29%) do so rarely, one-third (34%) do so occasionally and 15% watch cooking shows very often.”
Below are some of the top-ranked food “shows” in the world and what brought them to fame.
Cooked is a show about remembering, “remembering” those times when mom, grandma, dad, or grandpa made that unforgettable meal. Walking into their homes once again throughout the holidays brings back those memories, and the smell of that unforgettable meal reminds you that it’s home.
In our day and age, it has become more habitual to bring fast-food to the table than the smells of a delicious home-cooked meal. Michael Pollan and Isaac Pollan, hosts of the show, have a goal in mind to not only bring back memories but to share them with future generations.
The Daily Beast quoted Michael Pollan’s insights and goals when it came to the show by saying:
“Pollan sees cooking as ‘something that’s hidden in plain sight.’ We ‘watched our mothers do it or our fathers do it’ but ‘haven’t given a lot of thought to it, especially since we’ve been outsourcing it to large corporations.’ But while Food Inc. was a ‘scary film about food,’ he describes Cooked as ‘very celebratory’ when it comes to the food we should be eating.”
While some cooking shows may be simply illustrating the power of food, Pollan strives to go beyond to more controversial topics when it comes to food. Some of these topics include the importance of meat and vegetables in the diet:
“There is something quite elegant ecologically about having plants and animals together. The animals are fed by the plants and in turn, with their waste, they feed the plants…So you have this closed nutrient loop, where there is no such thing as waste. And in nature, you always find animals and plants together.”
Pollan has also emphasized the importance of gluten in the diet. While he acknowledges that there are individuals who have celiac disease, he is also quick to add that gluten is not as big of an issue as society makes it today.
Regardless of the controversial topics discussed, Pollan is able to unite individuals on and off-screen to remember the importance of the heritage of cooking something that is delicious and memorable.
Chef’s Table brings the journey of a variety of chefs to your table. Vulture and other reviewers have labeled the show as “cutting edge,” “the prevailing TV norm,” and “natural.” Chef’s Table invites viewers to not judge a book by its “perfect,” delicious meal cover. The journeys of every chef to their beautiful masterpieces were far from perfect.
The New York Times illustrated different views of various chefs on the show by saying:
“‘…each chef is different, not only in foods and restaurants but also in philosophy. People can’t create anything truly significant in food unless they’re happy when they do it,’ Mr. Shewry says, but Mr. Barber seems less at peace.
“‘Because of the drudgery and the hours and the exhaustion that this kind of work demands, it does attract people who are attracted to a certain kind of abuse,’ he said. ‘It’s exhilarating, and the challenge is sort of ‘How much of it can you stand?’ And is that the way to live a happy life? I don’t have the answer to that at all.’”
The brilliance of Chef’s Table lies in that it is not only a cooking show but a call to “reality.” The variety of journeys each chef encounters towards their culinary careers inspire viewers to reflect on their own journeys towards a goal they might strive to achieve.
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show has been characterized by reviewers as “optimistic,” “charming,” and “good-natured.” This cooking show could be considered your classic culinary competition: Amateur contestants compete with various pastries and cakes for the “grand prize.”
So, what makes this show so…exciting?
LA Times tells us why:
“Because you love food television. Because you hate food television. Because you love accents. Because you love English vernacular. Because you love puns, especially British ones. Because you want to see how a fascinating cross-section of home bakers in the U.K. makes all sorts of familiar and unfamiliar breads and pastries.”
The Great British Baking Show could be considered the “Hallmark Channel” of the cooking show industry. Within the predictability and consistency of the show, the fun “English vernacular” and “British Charm,” continues to bring you back for more!
Avec Eric takes viewers on a culinary journey with Eric Ripert, infamous “Le Bernardin chef and Top Chef judge.” Eric travels around the world to discover the freshest ingredients, while in turn putting together some delicious meals.
Vanity Fair described his book, based on his television show, in this way:
“The book itself is as sumptuous as the show, with travelogue-inspired recipes designed to showcase fresh ingredients with simple preparations. They range from Le Bernardin adaptations to childhood favorites, like a romaine salad Ripert’s grandparents used to make for him with greens they grew in their garden. The book, in that way, presents all facets of Ripert as food ambassador: the family man, the world-class chef, and the guy on vacation in the Caymans with his bros.”
Similar to Chef’s Table, Eric is quick to illustrate that his journey was insightful and life-changing, regardless of the difficult experiences he encountered in and outside of his culinary life.