Crazy Cooking Shows to Boost Kitchen Creativity

Feeling uninspired to prep meals for the family? Take a break and watch these reality TV cooking shows airing on Food Network for an instant pick-me-up.

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Iron Chef America

Based on the the original Japanese culinary game show, Iron Chef America pits a challenger chef against one of the resident “Iron Chefs” in a one-hour cooking competition based on a secret ingredient or ingredients or theme. The show unfolds like a theatrical over-the-top martial-arts style battle as two chefs prepare multiple dishes utilizing the ingredient in open kitchens. Adding to the excitement is the floor commentary similar to sports or courtside reporting before final tasting and judgement.

Guy’s Grocery Games

Guy’s Grocery Games is a reality cooking show hosted by Guy Fieri where four chefs compete and cook inside a grocery store. Contestants are given a specific amount of time to shop and cook a dish with one chef being eliminated after each round. Special twists and challenges (such as limiting the number of items they can buy, forcing contestants to use coupons, or limiting their ingredients to certain aisles only) keep the show interesting.

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Extreme Chef

Combining the elements of hit reality TV show Survivor with cooking, the concept behind Extreme Chef is just so insane, which makes it fun to watch. The Food Network show forces chefs to battle against the elements, tough obstacles and each other, all while whipping up a gourmet meals.

Sweet Genius

This show airing on Food Network pits four confectionery and pastry chefs against each other in three separate rounds, where they need to use mandatory ingredients and take “inspiration” for their dish from an item determined by host and master pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel. Crazy ingredients and inspiration make for entertaining TV, with chefs scrambling to create magical and inventive desserts.

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