A cooking show, cookery show or cooking programme is a television genre that presents food preparation in a kitchen, located in a restaurant or on a studio set. Typically the show's host, often a celebrity chef, prepares one or more dishes over the course of an episode, taking the viewing audience through the food's inspiration, preparation, and stages of cooking.
There are different types of cooking shows. Some portray an educational component, with the host teaching the viewers how to prepare different meals. Others are talk shows, with the host and guest celebrities enjoying the meal while talking. Also there are cooking competitions, such as Chopped, Iron Chef or MasterChef, where cookers must prepare the best food according to judges.
While rarely achieving top ratings, cooking shows have been a popular staple of daytime TV programming since the earliest days of television. They are generally very inexpensive to produce, making them an economically easy way for a TV station to fill a half-hour (or sometimes 60-minute) time slot.
A number of cooking shows have run for many seasons, especially when they are sponsored by local TV stations or by public broadcasting. Many of the more popular cooking shows have had flamboyant hosts whose unique personalities have made them into celebrities.
Until the 1940s, most cooking shows were performed on the radio. The first radio cooking show in the United States, The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air, debuted in 1924 and featured the fictional character Betty Crocker.
One of the first television cooking shows, Cook's Night Out, aired on the BBC on January 21, 1937.Marcel Boulestin, who became famous in the English-speaking world for his cookery books on French cuisine, demonstrated the preparation of an omelet as part of the 15-minute program.
In 1940, Sunday Evening Supper was produced by Edward Padula for the NBC station W2XBS.I Love to Eat was a live television series hosted by James Beard that aired on NBC in 1946-47. In 1963, The French Chef was launched, and was one of the first cooking shows in the United States. It was hosted by Julia Child, author of the cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
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