If chefs are the new pop stars, then it’s probably no surprise that the figurative airwaves of cable and streaming TV are today as chock-a-block with food-related delights as they were full of hair metal videos and moonwalks in the ’80s. Some of Netflix’s most addictive shows are the food-porn delights of Chef’s Table and Street Food—series that are very nearly bingeable in the literal sense. Chefs like David Chang captain not just eateries but veritable media mini-empires. And your average cable package boasts more than one channel devoted to the culinary pursuits.
Most everyone knows about the Food Network, the channel that helped make superstars of Rachel Ray and Paula Deen. The Cooking Channel launched as a spin-off of that network in 2010, focusing on instructional and personality-based programming in a time when the Food Network had shifted toward reality TV and competition shows. Today, it’s one of the best places to turn for a very nearly 24/7 array of shows showcasing—well, really good food that’s really fun to look at. Culinary Yoda Alton Brown’s Good Eats: Reloaded revisits old gems from the classic series, reexamining and updating old episodes. Michael Symon’s Burgers, Brew & Que aims for maximum mouth watering. Man Fire Food’s Roger Mooking travels the country scouting out the best flame-cooked … well, everything. And Food Truck Nation … well, it’s a show full of delicious food truck food. What’s not to love?
The channel these days is pretty light on cooking instruction. But some would argue that’s what YouTube is for. Instead, the Cooking Channel focuses on great grub—most of it pretty indulgent—and where to discover it. And with a live TV subscription service, you can chew on it anytime, no cable subscription necessary.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Cooking Channel online.
HOW TO STREAM THE COOKING CHANNEL
How to watch the Cooking Channel for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer the Cooking Channel. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch the Cooking Channel for free.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
Cooking Channel shows
The following is a sampler platter of Cooking Channel shows:
- Good Eats: Reloaded
- Burgers, Brew & Que
- Food Truck Nation
- Man Fire Food
- Food: Fact or Fiction
- Carnival Eats
- Extra Virgin
- Unique Sweets
- Beach Bites with Katie Lee
- Simply Laura
- Unwrapped 2.0
- Unique Eats
- Not My Mama’s Meals
- Real Girl’s Kitchens
- Spice Goddess
- Chuck’s Day Off
- Emeril’s Florida
- Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers
- Sinful Sweets
- Drink Up
- Food Detectives
- Fresh Fast Food
- United Tastes of America
- Belly Up!
- Pizza Masters
- Korean Food Made Simple
- Restaurant Redemption
- David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway
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