One of my most recent guilty pleasures is finding creative cooking/baking shows on Netflix and binging them while I’m eating to get inspiration for new ideas. I love to try new desserts and recipes to make myself or suggest to my mom. I’ve found some great shows that are worth watching. Here’s a list of some of the shows I’ve binged and really enjoyed watching.
Best Leftovers Ever. This is a cooking show where three regular home chefs, who are experienced at taking leftovers and turning them into great meals, are challenged to work with whatever leftovers they’re given to create fancy rediscovered dishes. I really enjoyed this show because it was fun to see what they came up with and how creative they had to be with day old food. This show consisted of one season with the second season set to premiere sometime in late 2021.
Zumbo Just Deserts. This show is based around the creativity of Adrianano Zumbo, a famous Australian chef known for his expert chocolatiering and many pastry locations. In this show, bakers from all over Australia are challenged in a series of intricate, complicated, dessert challenges each week for a chance to win $100,000 and have one of their desserts featured in Zumbo’s stores. The bottom two have to recreate one of Zumbo’s desserts and the loser goes home. This show was so exciting! I never thought of some of the ideas he has come up with in making the challenge for this show. I definitely recommend it.
Cooking on High. This show contains the exact content that the name insinuates. This is a cooking show where each recipe prepared must contain cannabis, and enough of the drug to get the judges high. Each episode puts two chefs against each other in a single round, with the challenge of creating a dish based on a particular theme while using the chosen strain of marijuana. Somebody real creative had to think of this show and I thought it would be really interesting and decided to watch it. It’s atypical, funny and actually gives you knowledgeable facts about the cannabis plant if you’re interested.
Crazy Delicious. This show is surrounded around everyday meals being turned into extraordinary culinary creations in a magical food competition on an edible set. The UK’s most talented food lovers are challenged to make meals that must impress with originality, visuals and extraordinary flavors. I loved to watch the part of the show where they had to gather their materials from the “garden” on the set. I thought that part was really creative and must’ve taken a lot of time to assemble for the show.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown. This show sees 16 families compete for the top spot. The competition takes place over eight heats, three semifinals, and one final, with each of the heats split into three categories. As the rounds go on, the families have to impress judges Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager in order to progress in the competition before one family claims the crown in the final. This show was really interesting to watch. They mostly cooked family staples and since this was cast in the UK, it was nice to see the different dishes they are used to compared to what I’m used to.
If you’ve ever thought about watching any of these before but weren’t sure, this is your sign to go for it because they are really good shows! Most of them are cast in the UK. I personally love the accents of the participants as well as seeing the new dishes being created and possibly trying them. If you are a foodie like me, chances are you’ll sink your teeth into these shows, too.
By Nia Morgan, Junior, Brooks College Prep
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