10. 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.
9. 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.