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5 TV Food Shows & Docuseries to Help You Unwind

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The pandemic has been a struggle for many industries, but the restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit. Now that we’re approaching the one-year mark, we thought we’d focus on the positive and offer a list of TV food shows and docuseries that restaurant owners, restaurant workers, and chefs can watch to help them unwind during this challenging time.

MasterChef Jr. (Hulu)

What could be better than watching child prodigies cook meals that would be a stretch for even the most talented home chefs? Not only will you be inspired by the incredibly impressive dishes these children cook up, but their unending support for their competition is sure to inspire you, especially during this time of isolation. With hosts like Gordon Ramsey, Aarón Sanchez, Joe Bastianich, and Christina Tosi, you might even learn a thing or two along the way!

The Chef Show (Netflix)

When it comes to food documentaries, it’s hard to top this recent docuseries which follows writer, director, and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi as they travel around the world, experimenting with different cuisines and bringing together celebrities and chefs for a delicious meal. Who knows? Watching this show might even inspire you to update your restaurant menu.   

Kitchen Nightmares (Hulu)

Looking to watch a food show that might actually help you run a better restaurant? In the show Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsey attempts to turn underperforming restaurants on the brink of closing into successful, profitable businesses. Not only can you listen in on the restaurant advice he gives to struggling restaurateurs, but you’ll be entertained along the way.

The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)

Looking for a feel-good show to help you cope during the pandemic? The Great British Baking Show may be right for you! Unlike Americanized game shows, these UK-based amateur bakers aren’t competing for a huge cash prize. Instead they’re vying for a bouquet of flowers, a cakestand, a bit of fame, and some good old-fashioned bragging rights. Perhaps because of the low stakes, this show has a calming effect for many, making it one of the most bingeable food shows for the pandemic.

Selena + Chef (HBO Max)

For many people, more time at home means an increased incentive to learn how to cook. In this hilarious food show from HBO Max, you can watch celebrity pop star Selena Gomez struggle to make classic dishes with the help of some world-famous chefs. Not only can you learn some new skills and recipes, but you can also sit back and enjoy watching the hilarity that ensues when an inexperienced home chef dedicates herself to learning a new skill.

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