Chef Nigella Lawson
14 Cancelled Cooking Shows We Would Love To Have Return
By Monika Sudakov
The Taste
“The Taste” ran for three seasons from 2013-2015 and featured 16 competitors (some home cooks, some professionals) competing in blind tastings to find the best (and worst) dishes.
Hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and a rotating chef, the show taught viewers how integral every element of the composition of a bite of food was.
Take Home Chef
For three seasons between 2005-2008, chef Curtis Stone hosted “Take Home Chef,” where he approached women at the grocery store and offered his culinary services to them.
If she agreed, Stone would go home and help her cook a meal, and while viewers presumably learned a few tips and tricks about cooking, there was a lot of voyeurism in this show.
Aarti Party
“Aarti Party” ran for three seasons in 2010 and 2011. The host was "The Next Food Network Star" winner Aarti Sequeira, who sought to fuse her Indian roots with American classics.
Sequeira’s show acted as the perfect vessel to expand on people’s curiosity about Indian foods and maybe even normalize it, which is what we appreciate most about her and the show.
The French Chef
Without Julia Child’s “The French Chef,” which ran for 10 seasons from 1963–1973, we would not be where we are today in terms of culinary entertainment and education.
Child had an uncanny ability to connect with her audience, and despite how entertaining she was, she was an effective and engaging teacher who knew a lot about French technique.
“Chefography” ran for six seasons from 2006-2012, and each episode featured a different chef, usually from the Food Network, in a one-hour documentary-style program.
While this show wasn’t educational, it did illuminate the different pathways in which people entered the culinary field, sparking imaginations of those who wanted to do the same.