It’s something of a modern phenomenon, but food has become a top source of entertainment over the last decade or so. Of course, there has long been cooking programming, particularly in a teaching format, but now it’s become more of a spectacle, with travel, drama, and game show formats muscling in to popularise food.
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Great food makes for great viewing
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In the most popular food and drink television shows per YouGov Rankings, game shows or competition shows appear as the most popular, with MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off being top of the pile. Then come the dramas, particularly Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares in the UK and US. As well as these, the likes of Rick Stein and Ainsley Harriott going to Europe and the Caribbean to explore different cuisines have proven popular.
Humberside’s Sumo Pan Asian claims a TV crown
While there have been several top-class food movies that have come out in recent years – such as Burnt, Boiling Point, and Chef – it’s foodie TV shows that continue to rule the roost. Recently, BBC Two concluded its new Britain’s Top Takeaways with a battle between noodle joints. It saw nationally top-rated shops from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Swansea, Leeds, and Beverley serve up their dishes for judgement.
Representing Humberside from Beverley, it was Gary and Scott from Sumo Pan Asian that stole the show. Their dish of choice was their Thai red tofu curry, but the star of the show, as the episode title would suggest, was the noodles. Precisely cut to five millimetres, the noodles were called “perfection.” By the end of the battle, it was the Beverley takeaway claiming the crown, with the Leeds competitors in second place.
Perhaps not even ten years ago, a show about battling takeaways would have been laughed away by producers, but now, it gets an eight-episode run and is rather captivating. Food is now entertainment, and the Sumo Pan Asian takeaway will have earned a slice of fame as a result.