Television is set to serve a delectable array of culinary shows that are as diverse in flavor as they are in setting. For those who appreciate the art of gastronomy, there’s no shortage of programs to indulge in. From behind-the-scenes looks at some of the world’s most inaccessible eateries to heartwarming journeys through Spain’s regional cuisines, these series will keep viewers entertained until the highly anticipated “Top Chef” returns with its new host Kristen Kish.
One such show is “Lessons in Chemistry,” streaming on Apple TV+, which is an inventive take on the life of a 1950s female chemist. Elizabeth Zott, played by the talented Brie Larson, is a scientist whose career is stymied by the era’s sexism. However, she pivots to become an unlikely television cooking show host, using her expertise in chemistry to enhance her culinary creations. The series, adapted from Bonnie Garmus’ acclaimed novel, offers a rich tapestry of drama with unexpected turns that delve into issues of gender bias while incorporating a passion for food science.
Meanwhile, the long-standing “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix welcomes Alison Hammond as its new host. Alison infuses the show with a refreshing energy, steering it back to its roots of warmth and conviviality after a spell of controversy in recent seasons. Her arrival is a historic one, marking a step forward in diversity for the show.
On the more opulent side, “Five Star Chef” on Netflix whisks viewers away to The Langham, London’s luxury hotel. The competition is fierce among seven chefs battling for the prestigious position of head chef at the hotel’s Palm Court restaurant. Under the critical eye of Michel Roux Jnr., the series is a testament to the precision and extravagance of fine dining, with a uniquely British twist.
“Restaurants at the End of the World” is another journey, this time to the most far-flung kitchens on the planet. Hosted by none other than the new “Top Chef” judge Kristen Kish, the National Geographic/Disney+ series is as much an adventure show as it is a culinary one. From the cloud forests of Panama to a remote island in the Arctic, Kish showcases restaurants that go to great lengths to source local ingredients, offering viewers stunning visuals and a new appreciation for what goes into the meals we eat.
Lastly, “José Andrés and Family in Spain” takes a more personal approach. Available on Discovery+, HBO Max, and CNN weekly, the series follows the renowned chef and his daughters as they tour Spain, tasting and celebrating the rich culinary landscape. José Andrés is known for both his gastronomic genius and his philanthropic efforts, but the show reveals another side of him: a playful father sharing his love for his homeland with his family. They traverse Spain, tasting everything from cookies with royal ties in Madrid to inventive dishes at Disfrutar in Barcelona, all while immersing themselves in the local culture.
These shows offer a banquet for the senses and a world tour from the comfort of one’s living room. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the fine dining experience, a fan of the competitive cooking show format, or someone who simply enjoys watching the familial bond unfold over a shared meal, the current TV landscape promises something for every palate. So, ready your favorite spot on the couch and prepare for a gastronomic journey that will satisfy your culinary curiosity until the next serving of “Top Chef.”