Ranking the Best Food Network Shows
If you're anything like us, you draw inspiration from the Food Network every single day. With the holidays approaching fast, that's truer than ever, and even better, most Food Network shows (past and present) are available on various streaming services, which means we can relive our favorites over and over.
Since some of the best Food Network series just returned for brand-new seasons (Holiday Baking Championship, Iron Chef), we're celebrating with a little friendly competition. Have you ever tried to rank your favorite Food Network shows? Let's see how our lists stack up.
10. Guy's Grocery Games
Guy Fieri has a ton of presence on the Food Network, but his best show is definitely Grocery Games. At Flavortown Market, contestants tackle various challenges to "shop" for ingredients they can quickly transform into delicious, judge-ready dishes. It's a race against the clock, each other and whatever challenges Fieri throws their way to make it to the $20,000 bonus round.
9. Beat Bobby Flay
Listen — sometimes it's just really fun to see celebrity chefs get taken down a peg. Whenever contestants win this competition show, it's awesome. And seeing how Flay's fellow celebrity chefs and friends rib him in every episode makes it even more entertaining.
Is Chopped the most recognizable Food Network series? Maybe. It's certainly a fun, formulaic competition show that does best on its special episodes. In Chopped After Hours, the judges use the same mystery baskets as the contestants to whip up dishes of their own. We love bonus content! (Chopped Junior is also amazing in case you wondered why that isn't on this list.)
7. The Kitchen
The Kitchen is an Emmy-nominated talk show with some of our favorite celebrity chefs discussing their best tips, tricks and recipes. We love it.
6. I Hart Food
Hannah Hart rose to fame with her My Drunk Kitchen series on YouTube. She's now a notable name in the food world with her very own Food Network series where she travels the country sampling delicacies at various restaurants. The format is familiar for long-time Food Network fans, but the star is new — and it's awesome to see an openly lesbian woman on such a major channel.
5. Cutthroat Kitchen
The basic premise of Cutthroat Kitchen can be broken down by this quote from The Dark Knight: "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Alton Brown used to teach us about proper cooking methods and kitchen storage on Good Eats. Now he cackles maniacally while he pits chefs against each other with wild sabotages on Cutthroat Kitchen. It's awful; we love it.
Who doesn't love to learn new stuff? Unwrapped goes behind the scenes of America's favorite snack foods and reveals some secrets you probably didn't know those foods were hiding.
3. Holiday Baking Championship
It's back!!! Featuring a brand new selection of bakers who are ready to bring their holiday best to the judges' table, our favorite seasonal series is airing Mondays at 9/8c on Food Network.
2. Kids Baking Championship
The only thing better than the various holiday baking shows is the Kids Baking Championship. It's heartbreaking to see kids get sent home, but so cool to see how talented and hardworking they are.
1. Iron Chef Showdown
Iron Chef has seen quite a few iterations, and the newest is Iron Chef Showdown, airing Wednesdays at 9/8c on the Food Network. As always, host Alton Brown is on point with his food commentary and the competing chefs transform wild ingredients into gorgeous dishes that make our mouths water.