Add all these shows to your must-watch list.
With so much food television out there these days—from Chef’s Table to Top Chef—it can be tough to decide what’s worth watching. While my general rule is to watch every food-themed show that I can find (my current favorite is Netflix’s new baking competition Nailed It!) but if you’re just too overwhelmed with choices, your best bet might be to stick to shows that have been nominated for awards. The National Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the Daytime Emmys (the ceremony takes place on April 29) and there are a few choice shows nominated that you won’t want to miss—especially if you’re looking for something to binge watch during this unseasonably long winter.
In the “Outstanding Culinary Program” category, fan favorite Giada De Laurentiis got a nod for her show on Food Network, Giada Entertains, as did Lidia Bastianich for Lidia’s Kitchen. James Beard Award nominee Vivian Howard was also nominated in that category for A Chef’s Life.
No matter how you feel about him (and most people are conflicted) Guy Fieri is still making television that people watch—he was nominated in the “Outstanding Culinary Host” category for his show Guy’s Ranch Kitchen.
One other nomination stands out: Despite the fact that Mario Batali has been accused of sexual harassment, The Chew, on which Batali once served as a host, was nominated in the “Outstanding Talk Show, Informative” category. However, ABC did release a statement condemning the allegations and swiftly fired Batali as a host in December of last year.
Otherwise, the nominated shows provide a great foundation on which to base what is sure to be a life long love affair with food TV, from programs like A Chef’s Life and Mind of a Chef that give an inside look at the internal world of our most beloved culinary creators to those that teach us how to cook.
Outstanding Culinary Program
A Chef’s Life
Mind of a Chef
Valerie’s Home Cooking
Outstanding Culinary Host
Vivian Howard (A Chef’s Life)
Giada De Laurentiis (Giada Entertains)
Guy Fieri (Guy’s Ranch Kitchen)
Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Kitchen)
Danny Bowien (Mind of a Chef)