The one thing I love almost as much as eating? Binging shows all about food. I can definitely spend an afternoon caught up in cooking content, and before you know it, I’ve watched 20 episodes of Chopped (shoutout to Queer Eye OG Ted Allen)! And since I’m always looking for something new to watch (and get me inspired in the kitchen), I asked Zach for suggestions on some of his favorite – and most mouthwatering- food shows to binge right now.
Chef’s Table (Netflix)
This might be the most beautifully shot food show I’ve ever seen. The series takes you inside the kitchens, and minds, of some of the greatest chefs in the world. From Massimo Bottura’s obsession with Italian cuisine to Mashama Bailey’s new take on southern food in Georgia, you’re sure to be mesmerized. Luckily there are 6 volumes, each of 4-6 episodes, so you’ll have plenty to watch!
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN, Hulu)
You’ve probably seen Stanley Tucci on the big screen (in The Hunger Games or The Devil Wera’s Prada), but this might be his best role yet. Join the actor as he explores his Italian roots through the food and culture of each region of Italy. My suggestion, have plenty of Italian snacks on hand because you’re going to get hungry!
The name really says it all. Based on a book of the same name by Jessica B. Harris, chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces how Black food came to influence American food as we know it.
Waffles + Mochi (Netflix)
Michelle Obama hosts this kid’s show following two curious puppet pals, Waffles and Mochi, as they explore food and culture. For any parents looking for something to binge with their kids, this is it. They’ll be entertained while learning how to cook with fresh, healthy ingredients.
Taste the Nation (Hulu)
You’ve probably watched Top Chef, so you already know who Padma Lakshmi is. It’s impossible to separate food from culture, which is exactly what this show explores. America’s cuisine is as diverse as its’ people. Padma explores all of the amazing, unique food cultures of the immigrant groups and how they’ve influenced America’s food scene.
Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Discovery+)
Want to feel better about your cooking abilities? Watch this show! They bring together some of the worst cooks our country has to offer, put them on teams under a master chef, and then compete to see who is the least bad. If you want some good laughs (and not-so-great food) this is the perfect show. They’re currently on season 22, so you won’t run out of episodes anytime soon.
Nadiya Bakes (Netflix)
Fans of the Great British Baking Show (aka everyone) probably already love Nadiya Hussain and her kind spirit. Her baking show reminds me of your classic cooking shows, but with a new sense of creativity. It’s the kind of show that’s impossible to watch and not smile (plus you’ll learn a few baking tips along the way).
Street Food (Netflix)
From the creators of Chef’s Table, this show leaves the fancy, expensive kitchens and delves into the people making some of the tastiest street food in the world. There’s a collection centered on Latin America and another on Asia. A few episodes in and you’ll probably be looking at flights!