Great TV Cooking Competitions

There are so many great TV cooking competitions right now, it would be practically impossible to discuss them all in one article. Many of the most popular televised cooking competitions are on the Food Network, but there are also many respected and well received competitions on Bravo, The Learning Channel, the Cooking Channel, PBS and other networks.

The following are some of the best cooking competitions on television right now, regardless of whether you want to participate or simply watch along:

This reality show on Food Network is hosted by Ted Allen, and it features four competing chefs each episode, who create an appetizer, entrée and dessert with three to five mismatched ingredients until one challenger is left standing, who receives a $ 10,000 prize.

Cupcake Wars
Another reality show on the Food Network, this competition features four baking and cake decorating contestants, along with their assistants, battling it out over three rounds to win the prize of $ 10,000. It is much like Chopped in that there are secret ingredients and a sequence of challenges.

Food Network Challenge
This reality show features professional chefs participating in timed competitions against one another, in various specialties such as cake baking, teppanyaki Japanese cooking or fruit sculpting. Each winner receives a gold medal and a $ 10,000 prize.

Iron Chef America
Based on the hit Japanese show, the American version of Iron Chef features professional chefs from the United States and around the world competing against one of the “Iron Chefs” using a secret ingredient that must be present in all the dishes. The “Iron Chefs” include Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon.

The Next Food Network Star
As do many of the great TV cooking competitions, this show airs on the Food Network. Chefs compete in this reality show for quite an interesting prize: their own show on the Food Network! Former winners include Guy Fieri.

Top Chef
This American reality competition show airs on Bravo and features chefs from around the world contending for the grand prize. The original Top Chef show features up-and-coming chefs competing in weekly challenges, who are judged by seasoned professionals, including celebrated chefs and noteworthy food and wine experts. There is also a Top Chef Masters series, which features celebrated chefs from around the world competing against one another for the prize of $ 100,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.