My Top 5 Favourite Cooking Shows (on Youtube)

Sep 27, 2019 | Food and Culture

Last week I wrote a post all about cooking shows and how in my opinion some are good and some are bad. I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then and there actually are a handful of cooking shows I watch regularly but they aren’t on tv. My favourite cooking shows are actually on Youtube. They are mostly, with one exception created by regular people doing something they love rather than big corporations just trying to make money.

All of the cooking shows listed below are very unique from anything you’ve probably seen before. I highly recommend actually taking a bit of time, maybe on the weekend and taking a look at some of the videos these channels have produced. You may learn something and you may find your new favourite cooking show.

Okay, let’s take a look at…

#5 Grandpa Kitchen

I love Indian food and one day while doing some research I stumbled across this youtube video of an older Indian man cooking butter chicken. I was completely enthralled. After watching I did my best to recreate his recipe and it was the best butter chicken I had ever made. Since then I have been a fan of this channel.

If you like Indian food and have always been interested in cooking it you will probably enjoy this channel. It is super simple and paried down and the food all looks amazing.


#4 Binging with Babbish

Binging with Babish is a very successful youtube channel built around the idea of recreating food from TV and movies. If you’ve ever wondered how to make that baked ziti from Good Fellas, or the food from Game of Thrones you should check this channel out.

#3 Gourmet Makes (Bon Appétit)

Bon Appétit has a lot of cool content but my favourite and the most successful of it all is a show called Gourmet Makes. Claire Saffitz is a pastry Chef with Bon Appétit and is tasked with recreating store-bought confections. In one episode she makes gourmet Oreos. In another she makes Doritos, and in yet another, she makes Starburst fruit chews. Claire pretty much always successfully completes her task but as you can imagine, there is some frustration and hilarity along with way.


#2 Food Wishes (.com)

Chef John creates really cool educational cooking videos. They are informative and easy to follow. But what makes Chef John stand out among the millions of other people that do similar videos? Chef John narrates all of his videos imparting his voice with a unique cadence that is soothing, calming, and somehow funny all at the same time.

I honestly just throw these videos on when I want to relax.


#1 Townsends

James Townsend owns a store in Pierceton Indiana that sells reproductions of tools, clothes, pots, and everything you could imagine form the 17th century. His youtube channel is all about cooking in the 17th century. He has a set that looks and works like a 17th-century kitchen, and he is always dressed in his 17th-century garb. Needles to say, this guy loves the 17th century.

James meticulously researches all of his recipes and recreates them as accurately as possible which is partially what makes this channel so interesting and number one on my list.

If you love both food and history as I do, you will love this channel.


Bonus Hot Ones (First We Feast)

So, Hot Ones isn’t actually a cooking show at all. Though it is produced by the Youtube channel First We Fest which has loads of food-related content. So, if it isn’t a cooking show why am I including it? Well, because it’s a talk show built around the idea of getting celebrities to eat progressively hotter chicken wings while answering thoughtful and interesting questions. How could I not include it?


I hope that you enjoyed this post and thank you for checking it out. Remember to subscribe to the blog so you never miss a post. Have a great weekend, I’ll see you on Monday!


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