7 of the best food shows to watch on Netflix

Netflix isn't just home to gripping shows about serial killers and addictive docudramas, it also has a selection of captivating programmes about food and the people who make it.

Published 4th Feb 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Though we may not have as extensive a catalogue as other countries, the UK still has some gems in its library, here are seven of our favourites.

Nailed it

Fans of The Great British Bake Off who enjoy a little schadenfreude when the efforts of the contestants go awry, will absolutely love the offerings from the bakers featuring on Netflix's Nailed It.

The baking competition show is the perfect antidote for a bad day and will make even the worst home baker realise that their creations might not be so bad after all.

The premise is simple, host Nicole Byer and chef Jacques Torres challenge a group of amateur bakers (or judging by their efforts, people who appear to have seemingly never been in a kitchen before) to recreate some amazing treats for the chance to win $10,000.

The results? Well, lets just say they range from the spectacularly bad, to the downright gruesome.

Sugar Rush

This show is what we imagine Bake Off would look like if it had an American makeover, with the production values and bank balance that comes with it.

It's pretty formulaic - four teams of bakers compete in three rounds of challenges to win $10,000 in prize money - but fun and easy to watch.

Perfect for a lazy night on the couch after a tough day at work.

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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Made even more poignant by the fact that the great man recently passed away. If you haven't heard of this TV show, or even Bourdain himself, but consider yourself a lover of food and culture then you really have to watch this series.

Imagine the curious child in all of us grew up to become an effortlessly cool, well travelled gruff New York native that was an expert writer, story teller and chef, and you'd be kind of be close to summing up Anthony Bourdain.

Parts Unknown sees the charismatic presenter explore his own passion for food, travel and humanity through lesser-known destinations and the cultures and cuisine he finds there.

A particular highlight is his trip to Scotland - well worth a watch.

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Final Table

Like a kind of MasterChef on steroids, Final Table takes 24 of the "world's best chefs" and pits them against each other, mastering iconic dishes from 9 different countries.

You'll be drawn in by the premise but will stay for the insane versions of classic dishes, such as the taco or the full English breakfast, that these chefs pull together.

Ugly Delicious 

Taking an irreverent look at the characters who offer an alternative view of food, Ugly Delicious starts in the fine dining restaurant, kicks open the doors at the back of the kitchen and heads straight for the food truck out the back.

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Host David Wang and a plethora of celeb chums take a look at the culture and history behind some of the world's favourite comfort foods including fried chicken, tacos and pizza, as well the people who are putting their own spin on them.

Chef's Table

Ever wondered what it takes to be one of the world's top chefs? Well docu-series Chef's Table deep dives into the minds of 6 of the best to find out what makes them tick and how they got to where they are.

David Gelb, the director of the acclaimed Jiro Dreams of Sushi (which has sadly been taken off Netflix), gives the average diner a glimpse behind the curtain of some of the world's most desirable dining experiences as part of that journey.

If David Attenborough was going to make a documentary on chefs and their natural habitats, this would be it.

Worst Cooks in America: Celeb Edition

Ever thought you'd want a show that puts Z-list American celebs like Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame in the kitchen?

No, neither did we.

Apparently we did though because we couldn't stop watching. Much like Nailed It, the comical skills of the wannabe chefs are what makes this show and of course the fact that they are (sort of) celebrities adds to the fun.


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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