Hey everyone! Going into this month’s blog, I realized I couldn’t decide on which shows I should include this time around–there are so many great choices! I realized that an easier way to thoroughly write my blogs could be to base each one around a certain theme, and I think I’m going to try it.
Ever since Food Network stopped streaming its shows on Netflix around the end of 2016, it felt like a certain part of me went missing–but leave it up to Netflix to make me whole again! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, our first theme will be based on… competitive cooking shows! Whether you love to bake in real life, or you just like watching people go crazy trying to beat the clock, these series are sure to bring a smile to your face. Competitive cooking shows are great because they are never scripted (at least I don’t think they are..), and everything happens in the heat of the moment, so you never know what to expect. Here is a list of my top three favorite cooking shows on Netflix, just so you know which shows are definitely worth checking out.
First up: Zumbo’s Just Desserts
Based in Australia, this 2016 competitive baking series really hit it off during the first season, and gained even more attention ever since the amount of cooking shows on Netflix has become a limited supply. 12 bakers go head-to-head in an exhilarating competition where they are challenged to create some unique, but delicious desserts for the two esteemed judges: Chefs Adriano Zumbo, and Rachel Khoo. With $100,000 cash as the grand prize, these competitors find themselves racing against the clock to create some extraordinary desserts, and the ones who fall behind can be found in the Zumbo challenge, where two bakers fight to recreate one of Chef Zumbo’s out-of-this-world desserts. As the competition advances to the next level, contestants are constantly being eliminated, until only two are left to battle it out for the grand prize in the most stressful competition they have yet to experience. Zumbo’s Just Desserts is a pretty entertaining television series that is sure to make you laugh out loud at some parts, and cry (mentally) at others, but all-in-all, it is definitely worth your while. Just be aware–these episodes may cause you to feel a sudden craving for something sweet!
If you have ever scrolled through Pinterest and discovered a cool dessert that you wanted to try out, but ended up failing terribly – then this is the show for you! In each 30 minute episode, three amateur bakers try to recreate some inventive desserts in two rounds, the last round being the most challenging. The winner of the final round does in fact win $10,000, and it’s incredible because most of the final products do not in fact, “nail it”. From pirate donuts, to giant shark cakes, these bakers have a lot of expectations to work up too–but none of the talent. Unlike Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Nailed It! focuses less on the appetizing side and more on the humorous side. Trust me, this show will definitely not entice you to whip up something to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours, in fact, just the opposite! This baking series is guaranteed to make you facepalm at least twice per episode, but it’s definitely a lot of fun watching their many fails! Nailed It! was first released on March 8 of this year, so it’s pretty recent–and they have already renewed it for a second season. With only six episodes, this competitive baking show is unlike any I’ve seen before, and it’s definitely binge worthy at that!
Last (but not least): The Great British Baking Show
Even though it is last on my list, The Great British Baking Show is definitely the longest out of the three. My first impressions? This is the most polite competitive cooking show I have ever seen! Each season includes twelve different amateur bakers, each competing to see who’s going to be named as the U.K.’s best, and even awarded a trophy–believe it or not, there’s no cash prize. Spending ten weeks in a baking tent with all of the other competitors definitely puts pressure on everyone, but somehow, this show seems a lot calmer than most. From biscuits to pastries, these talented bakers must first create their own dessert following the topic of that challenge. Later on, they must face the technical challenge, where each baker must perfectly recreate one of Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood’s complex desserts with a very general recipe as their only guide. These desserts are sure to make you want to switch places with the judges when it comes to taste testing, but no matter what, one participant must be eliminated from each round until there’s only one clear winner left. With the first season being released in October of 2010, The Great British Baking Show has already released four seasons on Netflix so far with more to come–so don’t worry about watching them too fast!
With shows like these, they’ll either either give you an appetite, or lose it–either way, you don’t want to miss out! Have fun indulging in these baking favorites, try not to drool too much, and keep on binging!