There are a lot of food shows competing for your attention, and a lot of them are—well, just not that great. But fun stuff is still cooking on TV, from food documentaries to reality competitions. Here are seven shows worth your time.
Patti Labelle's Place
She of the supreme pipes and sweet potato pie now has her own six-episode series on the Cooking Channel. Recipes include an “Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese,” and famous friends like Whoopi Goldberg and 50 Cent are in the kitchen to help.
- How To Make a Roux with Emeril
- A Chef's Life: Vivian Howard
- Emeril's 5 Tips for a Perfect Cheese Board
Man Fire Food
Roger Mooking rides the grilling trend in this televised ode to cooking over fire. The Cooking Channel show highlights pit masters and cooks from Hawaii to Texas.
Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
Who wouldn’t want to go to a dinner party hosted by Martha Stewart and her good friend Snoop Dogg? The two friends whip up Snoop’s catfish and Martha’s popovers for guests like Robin Thicke and Naya Rivera.
Top Chef: Charleston
Chef and judge Tom Colicchio argued hard to bring the Bravo show down to South Carolina, and the result is a master course in Southern food and ingredients. Contestants take on low-country boils and reimagined shrimp and grits.
Michael Pollan’s four-episode documentary series on Netflix explores the evolution of cooking: how we eat, what we eat, and why we eat it now.
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
The chef and his famous friends, like Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, meet up around the world to explore iconic regional foods and emerging movements, from soup dumplings in Shanghai to the world’s greatest pizza.
A Chef's Life
Season 4 of Vivian Howard’s charming PBS series, filmed in eastern North Carolina, follows her efforts to write “Deep Run Roots,” her book of recipes and stories that was published this fall, while running her restaurant and developing new recipes. The Avett Brothers also make an appearance.