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.
Last Updated: June 7th, 2023.
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. Cooked with Cannabis (2020)
A Netflix favourite with a high Rotten Tomatoes score, this series sees Chefs compete to get the hosts and special guests high on elevated cannabis cuisine by using the leafy herbs, THC infusions and CBD sauces. Sounds crazy, right? Getting people high on TV through cooking? It’s certainly different and might give you some fun at-home tips to shake up your bakes.
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. Baking Impossible (2021)
This is a classic baking show for me, where the contestants push themselves and their creativity to the limit for a cash prize and the reason to boast and gloat. Hosted by Justin Willman, he pairs creative and innovative bakers with bright, enthusiastic engineers to bake and build creations beyond our imaginations. These teams have never worked together before, so the hopes and prayers are that they gel well and everything runs smoothly, but we know this doesn’t always happen. These creations are so wild, imagine an edible boat that floats. A must-watch for baking fans.
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 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 worldwide, 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. Pressure Cooker (2023)
This bad boy cooking show sees 11 Chefs living under one roof, using their skills and strategies to win a cooking contest, which will win them $100,000. A life-changing amount of money. Sounds fun, sounds like Hell’s Kitchen, with a little less Gordon Ramsey shouting, the trick here is, the 11 contestants vote for one another at the end of each contest. Will this be a calculated or honest win?
The below explore cooking around the world – but aren’t series which show you how to cook or are competitions:
Ugly Delicious (2018)
On a journey around the world, seeking culinary hot spots, audiences follow James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang in this travelogue.
He is joined by writers, activists, artists and other chefs who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers and tackle misconceptions. Special guests include TV host Jimmy Kimmel, comic Nick Kroll and writer Peter Meehan, exploring places like Houston, Tokyo and Copenhagen.
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Changed America (2021)
This Netflix limited series sees food writer Stephen Satterfield traces the origins of African-American cuisine, tracing its lines from Africa to Texas, USA.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (2019)
This series sees Chef David Chang joined by celebrity guests to explore the cuisine and culture of different cities around the world.
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!