10 Best Baking And Cooking Shows on Netflix you must watch

October 3, 2022
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This article discusses 10 of the best baking and cooking shows on Netflix you must watch right now — get these baking goodies on your watch list!

Since lockdown, I think we’ve all gone a bit baking mad. I can’t blame us all. Most of us took the time to hone and improve our baking and cooking skills. It’s quite mental to think there was a time when we couldn’t buy flour as everyone was having a good go at baking. This is why our streaming services are filled with many baking and cooking shows for us to binge at our leisure and maybe even bake along whilst watching. Here I’ve put together a list of ten series that are available for streaming on Netflix right now that feature baking and cooking. You don’t have to be a buddy baker to watch. Maybe you’re looking to get started, for hints and tips, or want to watch something a bit different and quirky to shake up your schedule.

10 Best Baking and Cooking Shows on Netflix

10. Is it Cake? (2022)

Is It Cake? has taken the streaming services by storm, with people trying to re-create and capture the imagination and fool their friends and families. This series is a game show-style cooking competition television series where the contestants must bake life-like objects and convince the hosts they’re real. Whilst the show is cheesy, and the host is a little annoying, it’s quite addictive and will have you actively engaging by guessing, is it cake?

9. Nailed It! (2018)

Nailed It! has had a record run with seven seasons so far and has gathered itself a cult-type following. It has even branched out to several spin-offs like Nailed It! Mexico, Nailed It! Spain, Nailed It! Germany, etc. There is a little something for everyone in this show. It’s a game-show format, with the witty host Nicole Byer and her co-pilot in culinary misery, Jacques Torres. The show sees amateur bakers who believe they are better than everyone else trying to create masterpieces but instead, it’s one big train wreck. Funny and off the wall, if you don’t want to see successful bakers, this is the show for you. 

8. Easy-Bake Battle: The Home Cooking Competition (2022)

The show where the Easy-Bake oven is the key and the king. This series, whilst it is a competition, isn’t about the technical skills that go into cooking and baking, but how fast you can make a glorious meal. Hosted by Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski,  Easy-Bake Battle: The Home Cooking Competition has the everyday home novice cook showing off how they can make a meal in a minute. In each episode, they have two challenges, one savoury and one sweet, all to compete for a cash prize. This show is sweet and wholesome and might give you some quick cheat hacks for your cooking. 

7. The Great British Bake Off (2010)

Obviously, being British, this is my favourite baking show. It’s had a long run and has featured a few hosts in its time but has never lost its appeal and charm. Each year we look forward to this show on our screens, so it’s heart-warming that they can get a global audience. A group of bakers enter the tent and are put through different challenges and rounds, to test their creativity and baking ability. Each episode of The Great British Baking Show sees a star baker, someone who’s done outstanding, and one loser, who just didn’t cut it and is sent home. Friendships and relationships are built, and you won’t believe how you’ll end up crying over baking.

Netflix has also released a new season of the spin-off Junior Bake Off, which like MasterChef Junior, has the same format but with younger kids. Some of these kids will make you embarrassed that they could bake better than you. A lot are very impressive, and you might pick up a trick or two. This one is quirky, fun and one to check out if you’re a fan of the show.

6. Ready Steady Cook (1994) 

Like the name? So did we. More old-school British cooking series I grew up watching in suspense. Now, whilst this isn’t necessarily about baking, it’s on the list because I don’t think there’s a more entertaining chef or host like Ainsley Harriot. His positivity, his giant grin, and cheeky innuendos. This show sees two gourmet chefs have a cook-off in a certain time frame with secret ingredients. It’s probably one of the first to kick-start the cooking and baking craze for TV and deserves a watch. Ready Steady Cook got a re-make recently with a new host Rylan Clark-Neal, (who is funny and fabulous) with the same format, so you can compare the filming of the 90’s to now. 

5. School of Chocolate (2021) 

School of Chocolate has an interesting concept because in this baking competition no one ever goes home. Instead of following a typical, traditional elimination format, this cooking show is a serious masterclass in perfecting your skills with chocolate. You watch eight chefs study the art of chocolate and pastries with chef and master chocolatier Amaury Guichon, you’ll be amazed at what these people can create with chocolate. It feels like the Michelin star version of baking shows. 

4. Come Dine with Me (2005)

Okay, so bear with me. Again, this is a series that might not be all about baking, in fact, in some episodes who knows what these people are cooking, but if you’re not a fan of this cheesy, cringe, sometimes completely awful and outrageous show, there’s something wrong with you. In Come Dine with Me, Strangers come together to play host, to make a three-course meal for their fellow diners, in the hopes to win them over for a cash prize. They’re secretly rated at the end of their dinner. It’s easy to watch, and you can’t believe some of the characters who are there. Half of them can’t even cook. They snoop around the hosts’ homes, they’ll get crazy and creative with their entertainment, and the drama around who should win makes this a must-watch reality show.  

3. The Chef Show (2019)

Do you remember the 2014 film Chef? Well, The Chef Show is the spin-off TV series. Favreau stars as himself alongside chef Roy Choi, who co-produced and served as a consultant on Chef, Like Chef and The Chef Show, and this series is a tribute to good food and the people who make it. Favreau and Choi interview and cook with a range of talented chefs and celebrity guests. There’s a friendly and chilled vibe, no hassle, and it makes cooking look fun and easy.

2. Somebody Feed Phil (2018)

This is a comical travel documentary series about food and culture, which aired on PBS. In the show, Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal travels around the world, tasting and experiencing the local delicacies of various cities and countries. Rosenthal is full of charm and has a great sense of humour which makes Somebody Feed Phil entertaining and educational. 

1. Nadiya’s Time to Eat (2019)

The lovely Nadiya Hussain rose to fame with her charm and warmth on the show The Great British Bake Off. I remember watching her, and her facial expressions had my family and me laughing each week, and we were rooting for her to win. It’s so awesome to see her career build and grow from being a bit shy to now captivating and entertaining a global audience. Nadiya also makes amazing food; her recipes are family-friendly, and in the closing moments of these episodes, the cast and crew all sit down to enjoy her food. Definitely try out Nadiya’s Time to Eat.

And there we have it — the best 10 baking and cooking shows on Netflix right now!

Do you have any other recommendations for the best shows about baking and cooking on Netflix? Let us know!

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