Looking for something to stream this weekend? The best food shows on Hulu right now just might hit the spot—including the brand new Padma Lakshmi series, “Taste the Nation.”
If you’re a television fanatic who streams most of your nightly entertainment (or daily, we don’t judge if you need a break at your computer come 2 p.m.), you probably already know by now that Netflix is killing it when it comes to original programming that focuses on food. But don’t forget that some of the most consumable, food-focused episodes are also streaming on Hulu. From Food Network’s best cooking competition show out there to a seriously entertaining docu-series from a chef-turned-rapper, each of these television shows is totally worth devouring. (Trust us when we say “The Handmaid’s Tale” shouldn’t be the only reason you head over to Hulu.)
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This brand new series follows “Top Chef” host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi as she travels across the country to uncover what American food really is. As a nation of immigrants (Lakshmi herself came to the U.S. from India at four years old), our cuisine is incredibly multifaceted—and inherently tangled up with politics and cultural identity. Those complex relationships and histories are just as important to explore as all the delicious dishes themselves, and this series does just that, from the mainstream (a deep dive into “all-American” hot dogs) to less widely known food traditions (like Gullah Geechee cuisine in coastal South Carolina and indigenous ingredients in Arizona). It couldn’t come at a better time, and even while it makes you think, it definitely still makes you hungry too. Plus, it vicariously scratches a travel itch while we’re staying safe at home.
Before he was a rapper, Action Bronson was a chef in New York City, his hometown—and so suddenly the idea of a guy who raps lyrics like, “As Bocelli sings the celly rings,” also hosting an original series suddenly becomes way less random. Viewers can see Bronson really does know his way around a kitchen (and has an incredibly fun time navigating it), and his docuseries often highlights his food pilgrimages while he’s on tour, like in the episode when his crew stopped by Rose’s Luxury in Washington, D.C., a favorite of the Obamas. (Check out his book too.)
Think you can cook better than Bobby Flay? That’s the premise behind this Food Network show, where other chefs go up against the master—with other Food Network faves like Sunny Anderson and Giada De Laurentiis judging the (sometimes tasty) results. Come for the cooking inspiration and stay for the drama, like on the episode when Cooking Channel’s Debi Mazar and “Chopped” host Ted Allen compete against Flay for the top prize.
These aren’t your stoner friend’s pot brownies. On this high-minded cooking-with-pot television series, host Abdullah Saeed, a VICE veteran and weed rights advocate, and his buddies, like chef Cat Cora, take edibles to the next level, cooking the green stuff into barbeque, Thai food, and pizza. They even make a Mother’s Day brunch with it. Yeah, man.
Instead of watching a cinnamon roll tutorial from the tiny screen of your phone before you go to bed, stream one of Tasty’s tutorials on your small screen and get cooking. There are loads of must-have recipes, from the perfect roast chicken to the creamiest cheesecake. See? So much more useful than a binge of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
You already know how addictive this one Food Network show can be, and Hulu has 12 seasons (that’s 154 episodes) of the hit elimination show ready for your streaming pleasure, including Teen Tournaments and most deliciously, Worst Cooks challenge. *chef’s kiss*
The late Anthony Bourdain’s culinary prowess changed the scope of food and travel television with his documentary series, “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.” In “No Reservations,” Bourdain travels the world, discovering the cuisine and culture of places like Mozambique, Kansas City, and Rio de Janiero, bringing with him his charming self, his unparalleled wit, and an appetite for adventure.
There is perhaps nothing as tender and pure as a group of children competing in a cooking competition. “MasterChef Junior” is the child spin-off of the hit Fox series “MasterChef,” but instead of grown people starting drama and botching mac and cheese, we see a group of ragtag children whose cooking skills are superior to our own. And we root for them the entire way.
Looking for a multi-season binge? “Top Chef” boasts 16 seasons on Hulu, replete with fiery culinary competition as 17 chefs duke it out for the title of Top Chef.
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Currently, only two episodes from domestic goddess Ina Garten are available, but if you want to learn to make perfect pie crust, or get a rundown on baking and cocktail making, they’re always worth another watch.
BuzzFeed producers Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj, teamed up with their fearless cameraman Adam Bianchi, travel the world, determining whether foods are worth it at three price points: affordable, middle tier, and luxury. These bite-sized episodes might highlight a $32 burrito, a $95 salad, or $1,000 dollar bagel; after tasting each food at all three tiers, the three vote to determine which one is truly worth it.
The fearless Andrew Zimmern commences a culinary quest to showcase some of the most interesting and unique foods out there on this Travel Channel show. He travels the world, trying everything from charred beef ankle in Senegal to smoked sperm in Stockholm.
Condé Nast’s Epicurious tasks team members in perfecting basic skills in these quick episodes, asking regular people to test out basic skills like cutting pineapple rings, peeling a carrot, and slicing an avocado, hoping that they (and you) will learn a thing or do about their cooking skills.
Chef Gordon Ramsey whips aspiring chefs into shape in this culinary boot camp series, replete with plenty of hilarious escapades, entertaining zingers, and a whole lot of Gordon Ramsey screaming at uninitiated chefs. Two teams are pitted against each other, tasked with generating the same menu for a group of judges to try and rate. Ramsey is there with them the entire way, providing juicy feedback and actually useful tips.
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