How to Stream ‘Top Chef’ and Your Other Favorite Cooking Competition Shows

Cooking competition shows have become a league of their own. Though talent shows on television tend to showcase hobbies such as singing and dancing, cooking competitions are a completely different world of talent — a place for both amateur cooks and professional chefs.

Though viewers might not always catch shows while the seasons are running, fans can still stream hits such as Top Chef, MasterChef, and Hell’s Kitchen on various services, eliminating the need for cable.

The cast of 'Top Chef Masters' season 5
The cast of ‘Top Chef Masters’ season 5 | Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

Is ‘Top Chef’ On Hulu or Netflix?

Thankfully, streaming services have evolved tremendously from the days of ordering movies online and mailing them back in a few days’ time. Now, viewers can watch their favorite television shows from the comfort of their computer or smart TV — and Top Chef is no exception.

Viewers looking to stream Top Chef can turn to Hulu to watch the classic Bravo show, which premiered back in 2006. Hulu offers seasons 1 through 16, though viewers will have to subscribe to Hulu’s live TV feature in order to stream spinoffs such as Top Chef Masters. Viewers also cannot yet watch season 17 on the service. Fans will have to visit Bravo’s website, where they can watch full episodes for free for a limited time — season 17 is only available up until season 18 premieres in April.

Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay, Contestant Luca, and Graham Elliot during the season 4 MasterChef finale
Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay, Contestant Luca, and Graham Elliot during the season 4 MasterChef finale | Greg Gayne/FOX/Getty Images

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Fans can watch ‘MasterChef’ and ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ on Hulu

Hulu appears to be the home base for cooking competition shows. The streaming service also offers Gordon Ramsay’s two most popular shows, MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen. The former features home cooks as they compete to win a grand prize of $250,000 as well as a cookbook deal. The show, which has now had 10 seasons, finds home cooks from across the country and challenges them to test their skill against one another.

Hell’s Kitchen, on the other hand, features professional cooks and chefs. Also hosted by Gordon Ramsay, the chefs cook in a professional kitchen for real diners who order their meals. It gives Ramsay an idea of what the cooks are like in a professional setting, and they’re each competing for a spot as head chef at one of Ramsay’s U.S. restaurant locations.

Gordon Ramsay during season 14 of 'Hell's Kitchen'
Gordon Ramsay during season 14 of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ | FOX Image Collection/Getty Images

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Stream Food Network competitions on discovery+

Food Network is certainly the home of most cooking shows, and they love their share of competitions — Kids Baking Championship, Worst Cooks in America, and, for those looking for a quick competition, Chopped, among others.

Fans of the shows can binge all things Food Network on discovery+, a streaming service recently launched by Discovery with plans that start at only $4.99 per month — cheaper than the least expensive Hulu and Netflix options. However, discovery+ only offers programs within the realm of the Discovery channels, so it limits options for other shows.