In essence, all cooking shows are “reality tv”. What we are talking about in this poll are cooking shows that are competition-based and end with a single winner.
While it is a true cooking competition, I decided to leave out Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, due to the one-off competitions on each show.
Here are the candidates (with wikipedia or tv.com descriptions):
Top Chef – Top Chef is an American reality competition show that airs on the cable television network Bravo, in which chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated each week.
Hell’s Kitchen – Aspiring young chefs are put to the ultimate challenge in Hell’s Kitchen, a reality television competition starring world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay. Each of these chefs dreams of fame and fortune, but many soon find their dreams becoming nightmares.
The Next Food Network Star – Have you ever thought you could host your own show? Food Network tests that belief in this contest that focuses on both cooking and camera skills.
Which one is your favorite? While you are at it, leave a comment and tell us why, or why not, you enjoy it.
And for you fellow top chef fans…