Foodies today have so much to thank for digital technology. With the internet and mobile technologies easily available, they can now enjoy their favorite cooking and other food-related TV shows wherever they go. All they have to do is go online and pick the shows they want to see and thery can readily do so via video streaming.
Statistics show that online video consumption is one of the most popular internet activities today. In the year 2015 alone, the number of digital video viewers in the U.S. went beyond the 200 million mark or 213.1 million to be exact. Those who watch videos using their mobile phones numbered 152.1 million.
Food shows have become very popular on the traditional TV and online as well. Mashable.com revealed that on Faceboook, the top video producers are food-related channels while on YouTube, a search for the term “cooking” will provide you with 10.4 million results.
The latest platform that allows internet users to interact directly with chefs and even host their own food shows is the Nom channels. Founders Steve Chen and Vijay Karunamurthy who are friends for 25 years said the Nom live platform takes after Periscope and Meerkat but they hope to be different from the rest through its interactive component. Their edge is allowing internet users to watch live video much longer than recorded video.
YouNow is another livestreaming platform that features two food-related shows. Other networks and channels can be accessed through the various global video streaming services such as Getflix which also caters to Australia and New Zealand audiences.
Cooking Shows Worth Watching
Whether you’re a foodie or just someone who loves to watch cooking shows and cooking matches, there are plenty of shows to watch on your big and small screens. They range from the classics to the new ones featuring some world-class chefs.
Kitchen Nightmares. You can choose between the U.S. and U.K. version featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The U.K. version focuses on British food culture and trends as well as efforts to save restaurants that are not doing well due to poor food offerings and inefficient staff among others.
Show Me The Curry. This show features Indian recipes and is hosted by two busy moms, Anuja and Hetal. It teaches viewers how to prepare and cook Indian cuisine and provides step-by-step guide to South Asian cooking. They believe in experimenting with food and sharing their tested versions of different recipes.
Bon Appetempt. Hosted by Amelia Morris, this show features solid recipes. If you want to learn great recipes with some humor on the side, this show is for you.
Laura in the Kitchen. If you’re a beginner cook, this show is perfect as it provides good instructions on how to prepare and cook the easy recipes. Hosted by Laura Vitale a self-taught homecook, it is an interactive cooking show.
Kitchen Vignettes. This series produced by PBS showcases great food from soups and veggies to desserts. Behind this show is Aube Giroux, a food writer and filmmaker who’s passionate about sharing her love of cooking.