The Finest and Worst Meals TV of the Yr


2023 was the 12 months of The Bear. The FX/Hulu present impressed every part from surprising thirst traps to real-life $31 Italian beef sandwiches to gasp-worthy responses to an altered Chicago deep-dish pizza. However what else have been Eater editors watching (and generally hate-watching) this 12 months?

What was the perfect meals present of 2023? And any ideas on the worst?

Finest: The Bear, clearly. In any other case, I assumed meals TV was fairly bland in 2023. I don’t wish to watch one other bizarre competitors present, for the love of God. — Amy McCarthy, employees author

I’ve a sense everybody else goes to say The Bear, in order a lot as I cherished it (and I did; Season 2 vastly beat out Season 1 for me), I’ll provide one thing else: I actually loved the most recent season of Nice British Bake Off, which was a shock to me given how a lot I disliked these Matt Lucas seasons. The addition of Alison Hammond as a co-host has been a return to type. The challenges made far more sense than among the problematic ones just lately, however even higher, the appeal is again. However, as a lot as I wished to love the Filipino Netflix sequence Changing Chef Chico, which facilities on a fictional advantageous eating restaurant within the Philippines, the outdated, over-the-top caricatures of cooks and “foodies” made it’s a cringe-inducing look ahead to me. There’s undoubtedly an viewers for it, however I’d say set your expectations extra to the extent of a Hallmark film or Burnt than The Bear. — Bettina Makalintal, senior reporter

It simply dawned on me that I haven’t watched Nice British Bake Off in any respect this 12 months. It’s not as a result of it’s unhealthy, however I feel I’m simply achieved with it. Godspeed, GBBO, I want you nicely and hopefully one thing comes alongside to take your house. — Jaya Saxena, correspondent

Finest: I’m not going to be authentic right here: The Bear nearly by no means fails to be a superb if annoying time. Whereas I didn’t love how Claire was arrange as an inevitable foil to Carmy’s capability to run his restaurant, I proceed to adore the ensemble solid, and would fortunately watch a spin-off that revolved totally round Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Olivia Colman peeling mushrooms. Worst: Mario Batali’s Zoom class. — Rebecca Flint Marx, Residence editor

I don’t watch meals TV (please nobody come for my job) aside from the Nice British Bake Off, and I used to be grateful that the most recent season was a lot improved over the previous couple of, because of new host Alison Hammond and duties that felt like an actual return to type. And the worst meals present… The Bear? I child! I haven’t seen it. — Monica Burton, deputy editor

Finest: The Bear is basically the one reply right here. — Jonathan Smith, interim senior editor

Bake Off is vastly improved with the addition of Alison Hammond, but it surely’s nonetheless pale into the realm of background look ahead to me. What I discovered surprisingly extra compelling this 12 months have been the 2 seasons of Bake Off: The Professionals at present streaming on Netflix, which proves the Herculean duties of constructing all-chocolate showpieces and a window show’s value of patisserie is certainly finest left to the professionals. — Erin DeJesus, govt editor


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