Food television needs a good shake-up every now and then. People who love to watch bakers making pastries and cooking competitions will have a whole new batch of shows set to watch in the earliest days of 2017.
In addition to these new shows, plenty of food-centric programs will be coming back. Gordon Ramsay and a bunch of adorable, freakishly talented children will once again take over FOX on the fifth season of Masterchef Jr. and they’ll be joined by the affable Belcher clan on Bob’s Burgers. Of course, Food Network and Cooking Channel will be stacked with fan favorites such as Worst Cooks in America, Dinner at Tiffani’s, Emeril’s Florida, and Guy’s Grocery Games.
Bakers vs. Fakers, Food Network
Professional bakers and skillful home cooks will compete in culinary challenges, as the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and a series of rotating guest judges try to sort out the real bakers from — you guessed it — the fakers. If you enjoy Cooks vs. Cons or Beat Bobby Flay, you’ll enjoy this show because it’s literally the exact same concept, except with cakes and cookies instead of pasta and steaks.
Ching’s Amazing Asia, Cooking Channel
British-Chinese chef Ching-He Huang will bring her international hit Ching’s Amazing Asia to Cooking Channel this January. This 10-episode series will find the television personality in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Japan as she learns about each country’s unique food culture and specialty dishes.
Ginormous Food, Food Network
This show is exactly what it sounds like: a profile of massive, unnecessarily large food items. Comedian Josh Denny travels around the United States showing off ginormous pizzas, subs longer than your body, and bagels that feature a metric ton of cream cheese and salmon. If you love the excess of America, showcased in a 50-pound burrito, this show is made just for you.
My Kitchen Rules, FOX
Australia’s hit cooking competition is coming to America this winter. The show will feature celebrities (such as Lance Bass, Ray J, Andrew Dice Clay, and Naomi Judd) paired with their loved ones as they throw dinner parties at their homes. They’ll compete against each other to see who pulls off the best soirée in a series of escalating challenges. Judges Curtis Stone and Cat Cora will be invited and choose a winner among the pack.
Superior Donuts, CBS
Unlike the rest of the shows on this list, Superior Donuts is a scripted sitcom, starring Judd Hirsch, Jermaine Fowler, and Katey Sagal. Based on the Broadway play of the same name, Superior Donuts tells the story of “Arthur Przybyszewski” (Hirsch), who runs an old-school doughnut shop. His new employees will try and shake up the shop and bring it into the twenty-first century with new menu items and technology. Hijinks will surely ensue.