Food should be fun, and cooking shows can be many things to us. There are food competitions where nothing is ever too stressful, even though the music seems intense. There are travel shows that whisk us away and let us experience new places and foods from the comfort of our couch. There are instructional videos that have us leaving having learned something.
While many watch cooking shows on Netflix and Youtube, several cooking shows on Amazon Prime are worth watching. It’s not their strongest category, but there are some hidden gems. Most of the shows are British or Australian and about six years old, and many I had never heard of before.
Their search isn’t as robust as it could be, so I sorted through the cooking shows so you don’t have to.
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Does Amazon Prime Have Cooking Shows?
Yes! It can be a bit difficult to find them but there are instructional cooking shows as well as food shows that are purely there for entertainment on the service.
Besides free shows to watch on Prime, the retail behemoth now offers free selection of digital television shows and movies via the service Freevee. The free shows are available within the Prime Video app or on different platforms. There are ads in shows.
How to Watch Cooking Shows On Amazon Prime
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Besides being able to food shop from my couch, another excellent benefit for Amazon Prime customers is their Prime Video app that features thousands of tv shows and movies to watch for free. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Once you are a member, you can watch shows directly through the app. If you prefer to view them on your television, it’s available for Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Smart TVs. Download the app, login in, and if you see a Prime banner over the top left of the show’s thumbnail, you can watch it for free.
What Are The Best Cooking Shows On Amazon Prime?
Now that we know how to watch Amazon Videos, we need to figure out what we should watch. There isn’t a specific category for cooking, so it can be tricky to find shows. I sifted through many titles, and here are some Amazon Prime cooking shows worthy of your time.
Competition Cooking Shows On Amazon Prime
“My Kitchen Rules”
This show is addicting! You will love this iteration if you watched “Instant Hotel” on Netflix. The Australian cooking competition follows six couples as they turn their homes into a restaurant for an evening. The pair create a three-course meal for their competitors and two celebrity chef judges. It’s interesting to see the dinners and how everyone judges them. If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party, you will appreciate this show and the contestants’ struggles. Seasons 1-11 are available.
“Great British Menu”
Cooking competitions are often overly exaggerated in production. Add intense music and the right camera angle, and opening a can of beans can be dramatic. But the drama is real when a chance to cook for British royalty is on the line, as in this popular competition. This show is thoroughly entertaining and informative. Seasons 5, 7-9, 11-12 available.
Instructional Cooking Shows On Amazon Prime
“The French Chef”
After watching this series, there’s no question why Julia Child is so revered. This woman breaks down one of the most complex cuisines, French, so viewers leave with the confidence and skills to tackle the most intricate dishes. It’s worth the watch. Season one is available.
“James May: Oh Cook”
You will likely recognize James May from his time on the popular British car show “Top Gear.” Now the presenter has moved into the world of cooking. May starts the show with the bold pronouncement that he can’t cook, yet he has a book deal. The show follows him as he cooks and struggles through minor mishaps in the kitchen. It’s witty, honest, and easy to watch. One season is available.
Inspirational Food Shows On Amazon Prime
“My Greatest Dishes”
Famous chefs discuss the four dishes that were pivotal in their careers. Most of the food you won’t be making at home, and they don’t discuss how to create it. But if you are interested in the lives of these personalities, it is worth the watch. I loved the Prue Leith episode; it shows a different side of “The Great British Baking Show” judge and reminds us of her extensive resume. Twenty episodes are available..
“Classic Mary Berry”
Best known to Americans as a former judge on the Great Bristih Bake-Off, Mary Berry was a successful cook before her stint on the popular series. This series shows off her skills. Every dish looks devine and her approachable manner gives home cooks confidence to tackle all of the classic dishes she makes on this six-episode series available with ads.
“Truly Texas Mexican”
If you are interested in how Tex-Mex cuisine came to be, this documentary is a must-watch. The history and storytelling are fascinating. “Truly Texas Mexican” is an hour-and-a-half-long movie.
Baking Shows On Amazon Prime
“Baking It Easy”
If you are looking for a simple show with a quirky host, give “Baking It Easy” a try. Meghan Rienks teaches viewers how to make everything from profiteroles to bundt cakes in this series. Four episodes with commercials are available to Prime members via Frevee.
“Baking With Julia”
Hop in the kitchen with food television pioneer, Julia Child and friends. “Baking With Julia” is one of the last shows she created before passing away in 2004. Julia breaks down complicated dishes in a way that anyone can understand. Even if you don’t bake a single dish, you will leave with tips that will make you a better baker. There is one season of 13 episodes free to watch with ads.
Travel Food Shows On Amazon Prime
“Fluffy’s Food Adventures”
While on tour, Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and his buddies visit various restaurants that his social media followers recommend. In a nod to enjoying lots of food, self-proclaimed “fluffy” Iglesias proudly showcases over-the-top dishes from off-the-beaten-path spots. “Fluffy’s Food Adventures” isn’t a family show since it features adult humor, but it is funny. Three seasons are available.
“Eat The World With Emeril Lagasse”
Primarily a travel show where Lagasse visits his chef friends, this heavily produced program is a feast for the eyes. A few friends featured were canceled, so you may want to skip those episodes. But watching Emeril with his friends on screen, especially Jose Andres, is a pleasure. Six episodes are available.
Italian Cooking Shows On Amazon Prime
“Michela’s Tuscan Kitchen”
Focused around the Italian Welsh cook Michela Chiappa and her family, this show features trips to Italy and dishes this adorable clan creates. One season is available.
Indian Cooking Shows On Amazon Prime
“Indian Food Made Easy”
Chef and food write Anjum Anand shows guests how to make light Indian fare on this BBC series. There are ads in this six-episode series but it’s a quick binge that will enlighten you to the ins and outs of Indian cuisine.
What Do You Think?
Are you watching any cooking shows on Amazon Prime? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.
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