Best New Fall Shows for Foodies

Culture / Food New Shows for Foodies

Bobby Flay. Alton Brown. Tom Colicchio. All are superstar chefs who have been featured on some of television’s most successful shows for foodies. Not to be outdone by longstanding big names, the new Esquire network is definitely bringing the heat in a couple of new shows this fall.

Knife Fight features celebrity chef and downtown LA The Gorbals owner Ilan Hall as host to a new era of culinary battles featuring relatively undiscovered chef talent in a fresh and sometimes delightfully belligerent environment. If some of those other popular cooking shows have become too sanitized or predictable for you then Knife Fight just might be the ticket to get you reinvested in the genre.

Culture / Food New Shows for Foodies

Hosted by Ilan Hall at his restaurant The Gorbals, Knife Fight takes place after hours with a lively and sometimes tipsy crowd that makes the show worth watching. The show has a dungenous, underground vibe that makes it the epitome of gritty cooking shows. This isn’t your grandma’s cooking show. With a whole new energy brought to the genre, Knife Fight definitely delivers the flavor with an unexpected, in your face competition of the best undiscovered titans in the food industry. It’s definitely a competition show that left me feeling excited about Esquire’s new network and the programming they have to offer.

Culture / Food New Shows for Foodies

One of the more popular if you’re looking for a fresh take on the traveling food show, then The Getaway will prove to be too tempting to ignore. Featuring celebrity guests on their exotic trips abroad, The Getaway successfully bridges entertainment and travel in a way that looks like it will be refreshing each week. Plus, you'll see some of your favorite dudes trying some pretty out there cuisine as they take on different cultures around the world.

The first two episodes of The Getaway features Joel McHale of NBC’s Community as he travels to Ireland to sample the local cuisine. With his trademark wit, McHale navigates the culinary world of Ireland which includes lots of scotch and a breakfast that would test even Michael Phelps iron stomach.

Culture / Food New Shows for Foodies

In episode 2, comedian and Parks and Rec star Aziz Ansari journeys to Hong Kong where he takes on snake soup and dim sum that literally left me all but salivating. Ansari also delves into one of Hong Kong’s biggest breakfast items, pineapple bread, that ironically includes no pineapple and loads of butter. Go figure.

Both shows have recently launched on the new Esquire network (formerly G4) and if their first episodes are any indication, it looks like this effort at re-branding is just what the network needs. I know I’ll be itching to catch up on these best new shows for foodies this fall.