11. Guy’s Big Bite
2006 - Present
“Who is Guy Fieri?” is a question you rarely hear anymore, mostly because his frosted tips are so bright that they can be seen from a couple states over, but also because his meteoric rise started when Food Network picked him up as a cooking personality with Guy’s Big Bite, his inaugural instructional cooking show. Here, we learned about his affinity for big flavors, and how we could borrow them for our own dishes. Say what you will about the guy, but he opened up home cooking to a whole new audience of dudes.
10. Everyday Italian
2003 - 2008
Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Giada de Laurentiis managed to effortlessly fuse Italian and American cuisines in this bright, warm, realistic, and elegantly presented instructional cooking show. Also introduced cooking to a whole new audience of dudes, albeit for a different reason.
9. The Naked Chef
1999 - 2001
Also known as "that show your Mom tuned into because she thought Jamie Oliver was cute and wanted to see if the title was for real," The Naked Chef introduced the world to everyone's favorite Cockney rising star for the first time. The show was so-named because Oliver stripped his ingredients down to their barest forms. Not himself. Sorry Mom.
8. Two Fat Ladies
1996 - 1999
Unabashedly enthusiastic and more than a little unorthodox, Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson (aka “Two Fat Ladies”) created lavish meals from scratch in every episode of their eponymous show, cooking with a ton of lard, and driving around from location to location in an old motorcycle and sidecar. What this show lacked in polish, it made up for in Two Fat Ladies cooking with lard and driving around in an old motorcycle and sidecar.
2007 - Present
Every episode of Chopped is an all-out brawl. It takes the competitive aspects of Top Chef and condenses them into a show that pulls viewers into a quick, dirty, and ultimately supremely enjoyable viewing experience. The prize might only be $10,000, but because of that, there’s no pretense -- all the chefs are there purely for the joy of putting their skills up against one another.
6. America’s Test Kitchen
2000 - Present
Public television's America’s Test Kitchen might not be as well known to mainstream viewers as the rest of the examples on this list, but its simple format and experimental approach to problem-solving while cooking gets more into the technical side than most other shows would dare. Which shouldn't come as a surprise to pretty much anyone who's ever watched public television.