A program devoted to the preparation and presentation of food, occasionally venturing into nutritional advice in the process. Recipes -- sometimes but not always on a theme, or collected as part of a larger meal -- are presented by demonstration. Some recipies (such as baking bread) may take longer than the cooking show in question, the cooks frequently show [[OneIPreparedEarlier dishes prepared earlier]].

The chefs who host such shows can become major celebrities -- Creator/JuliaChild was one of the first, and more recently Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse have hosted shows that have enjoyed widespread popularity.
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!!Examples:
* ''Series/AmericasTestKitchen'' and ''Cook's Country'' taste-test and refine recipes until they have one presentable for the viewer. Like ''Series/GoodEats'', they often explain the science behind their cooking methods. They also rate commercially available ingredients and kitchen equipment. They have a handful of chefs who present the recipes on screen while the [[CommanderContrarian eternally skeptical]] [[DaChief Chris Kimball]] barrages them with [[TheWatson clarifying questions on behalf of the audience]].
* ''Series/BarefootContessa'' , with Ina Garten.
* ''Cooking Price-Wise'' was a 6-episode series for Thames Television in 1971 starring VincentPrice.
* EmerilLagasse , the flagship chef of Creator/FoodNetwork before Rachael Ray came along, had two shows: ''TheEssenceOfEmeril'' and ''EmerilLive'', the latter of which has since been moved to the Fine Living Network (Food Network's sibling) in reruns.
* ''TheFrenchChef'', featuring JuliaChild.
* ''Series/TheFrugalGourmet'' with Jeffrey Smith.
* ''Series/FutureFood'' on PlanetGreen.
* ''Series/TheGallopingGourmet'' with Graham Kerr, the first cooking as entertainment show and its healthy {{Reconstruction}} ''The Graham Kerr Show.''
* ''Series/GoodEats'' with Alton Brown provides a unique perspective -- something along the lines of an engineer or [[ScienceShow scientist's]] cooking show, as produced by the cast of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
** Brown, a former television producer, became a chef and started his own cooking show specifically because he felt that most cooking shows airing at the time weren't giving their audience enough information. These shows would tell the audience what to do in a recipe, but not why they were doing it. Hence Brown's emphasis on the physics and chemistry of cooking.
** Brown himself decrbied the show as a combination of his three favorite TV series: Julia Child, Mr. Wizard and Monty Python.
* ''GreatBritishMenu'', a competition for professional chefs.
* ''GreatChefs'' takes an unusual approach to this genre by visiting a large number of professional chefs (typically three per episode), in their own restaurant's kitchen, each preparing a meal of their choice with little explanation beyond what you'd find in a recipe.
* ''IronChef'' , also known as ''Ryori no Tetsujin'', is a hybrid CookingShow[=/=]gladiatorial combat program, as is its spinoff (as of early 2005) ''IronChefAmerica''. It has notably avoided the previously mentioned Cooking Show trope since before many of these shows even aired.
* ''LouisianaCookin''' is perhaps best remembered for Justin Wilson's humorously folksy stories, thick Cajun accent, and CatchPhrase -- "I gar-on-tee".
* ''WebVideo/MyDrunkKitchen'': Comedic WebOriginal show about attempting to cook while intoxicated.
* Creator/RachaelRay's ''30 Minute Meals''. It shows cooking in RealTime without preparing things in advance, avoiding a common Cooking Show trope.
** Or rather, it pretends to. Most of the menus Ray (a non-chef) presents actually take up to an hour to prepare if you're worried about things like not giving your dinner guests food poisoning.
* ''YanCanCook'' offered a Chinese style with host Martin Yan. It's been on Public Television since 1982.
* Countless UK shows with Delia Smith, who begat NigellaLawson, Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to list just a few.
** Of course before Delia Smith there was Fanny Craddock. Going back even further, BBC TV's first [[http://www.tvradiobits.co.uk/tellyyears/christmas30s.htm Christmas Day]] in 1936 included a demonstration of turkey carving.
** And Heston Blumenthal, Creator/GordonRamsay, SophieDahl (yes, [[Creator/RoaldDahl that one]]), Ainsley Harriott, Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein, Keith Floyd, Creator/JamieOliver... The list is enormous. Celebrity chefs are big business in the UK.
* ''Creator/FoodNetwork'' was devoted to {{Cooking Show}}s and {{Travelogue Show}}s based around food. It's since [[NetworkDecay ditched many of the former]] in favor of numerous competitive {{Reality Show}}s, especially during PrimeTime.
** ''Canal'' [=ElGourmet.com=], its Spanish-speaking rival, has some shows devoted to wine and lifestyle, but it's also filled with a lot of cookie-cutter cooking shows. It even have their own stars like Narda Yepez and Sumito Estevez.
** ''TravelChannel'', its main American rival, also has a lot of shows dedicated to wine, food lifestyle, and just food in general. [[NetworkDecay Yeah, the Travel Channel]].
** ''Scripps Networks'', who owns Food Network, has revamped their "Fine Living Network" into Cooking Channel, as Food Network has been diversifying its programming as of late.
** Utilisima channel, the South-American rival of ElGourmet.com, is half crafts and lifestyle shows, half cooking shows. Even some of the lifestyle magazines have cooking segments.
* ''WebVideo/CookingWithDog''.
* ''Wok With Yan'' was a Canadian TV mainstay for decades, starring Stephen Yan who had a humorous FunnyForeigner shtick with punny aprons along with some travelogue vignettes to go with the the stir-fry cuisine.
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