The 15 most famous cooking shows on German TV

Here are 15 of Germany’s most successful cooking shows summarized again. Their creation, their history, all their particularities and all the information on the dates of diffusion.

Grill the Henssler

In 2021, the popular cooking show “Grill den Henssler” on Vox entered the 15th round. Starred chef and host Steffen Henssler will of course be there. His mission is to take on three celebrities preparing a 4-course meal. At the end of each service, the dishes are judged by a jury. The winner receives 4,000 euros in prize money, which is donated to a charitable cause. The format was created in 2013 from the hit cooking show “Die Kocharena”.

kitchen fight

Since 2008, six amateur chefs compete in the “Kitchen Battle” every week from Monday to Friday. It always starts at 2:15 p.m. on ZDF. Each day of the week is subject to a specific competition discipline. On Monday, the participants prepare their favorite dish, on Tuesday a starter, on Wednesday a main course, on Thursday a main course and dessert and on Friday, the finale, two dishes that a great starred chef offers them. At the end of each day, the dishes are tried by another celebrity chef and he decides which candidate is eliminated. At the end there is a winner of the week.

The perfect dinner

In this cooking competition, five amateur chefs from the same region compete with each other with their culinary skills. The show will air Monday through Friday at 7:00 p.m. on Vox. Each day of the week, contestants take turns as hosts, while other participants rate the menu as guests on a scale of 0 to 10. The host with the most points brought up “The Perfect Dinner” and will win 3,000 euros. The entire program is accompanied by the voice of Daniel Werner, who comments on the course of the kitchen and the evening. The focus is always on the different personalities of the individual applicants.

Grill the pro

The cooking show “Grill den Profi” was a revised format of “Grill den Henssler”. The show first aired on Vox in 2017. A professional chef competes against three distinguished guests. A 4-course menu is prepared, consisting of an improvisation course, a starter, a main course and a dessert. In the improvisation class, there was the added difficulty that the professional chef had to create a dish from eight ingredients that were unfamiliar to him. A chef mentor was on hand to provide advice to the three famous guests. The dishes were evaluated by a jury. The chef with the most points received 4,000 euros for a good cause.

the button

The culinary casting show “The Taste” has been broadcast on German television on Sat.1 since 2013. The 10th season will start in 2022. At the start of each season there is a tasting spoon. Amateur and professional chefs each prepare a spoon for tasting. The cooking coaches try it blind and then decide to include the cook in their team. The candidates then compete in teams. A tasting spoon is selected for each team and tasted by a renowned juror. This decides which team spoon is best and worst. Each episode eliminates a candidate. The winner receives 50,000 euros in prize money and their own cookbook.

impossible kitchen

The seventh season of “Kitchen Impossible” premieres February 6, 2022 on Vox. At 8:15 p.m., Tim Mälzer will take on another famous TV chef. The chefs travel separately to two specific locations around the world. You will taste the favorite dish of local regulars. Your task is to cook this menu as exactly as possible. However, the exact ingredients are unknown to the chefs. Professionals must use their sense of taste to taste the ingredients of the dishes and prepare them according to their ideas. The regular customers of the respective restaurant constitute the jury. You decide whether the professional chef actually managed to cook the original. The chef who knows how to satisfy the taste buds of the regulars the most wins.

How To: Rach’s $5 Kitchen

Knowledge can be so delicious! Saturday and Sunday at 6:05 p.m. on there is first-class savings advice from the kitchen professional. Former restaurant tester Christian Rach talks about dishes that cost only 5 euros per person. The dishes are not only inexpensive, but also delicious, healthy and quick to prepare. He does not cook alone – there are interesting personalities at his side who tell exciting things about their lives. Experts can also be visited more frequently and enrich Rach’s cooking tips with additional information and background information.

Boehmi sizzles

“Making people who love cooking shows and people who hate cooking shows equally crazy” – that’s how Jan Böhmermann describes his cooking show, according to a quote on Since its first broadcast in July 2021, the popular cooking show “Böhmi brutzelt” has been broadcast on ZDFneo on Saturdays at 7:45 p.m. In the entertaining show, host, satirist and entertainer Jan Böhmermann prepares tasty meals. To support the kitchen campaign, he is always accompanied by a distinguished guest with whom Böhmermann engages in exciting and fun conversations.

My restaurant, your restaurant

Where does it taste the best? Under this motto, the cooking show “Mein Lokal, dein Lokal” has been broadcast on television since 2013. The show runs Monday through Friday at 5:55 p.m. on Kabel Eins. Five restaurant chefs compete. Each of them wants to prove that their restaurant is the best. In addition to meals, restaurant ambience is also rated and service is also included in the rating. Restaurant owners judge each other. The restaurateur with the most points receives a prize of 5,000 euros and a trophy.

Master Chef Germany

The hit British series first aired on German television in 2010 under the title “Meisterchef Deutschlands” on Sat.1. Frank Roddam developed the show for British television in 1990. Today, it is shown worldwide. In 2016, the format returned under its original title “MasterChef” on streaming provider Sky. In the cooking competition, amateur cooks prepare certain dishes under time pressure. Your performance will then be evaluated by a jury of experts. The ratings decide whether contestants advance to the next round or drop out of the show. The winner receives the title “MasterChef”.

Who can can! / Nail it! Germany

The perfect show for all foodies. In “Nailed it! Germany” (in Germany “Who can, who can!”), inexperienced amateur confectioners compete against each other. Beginners are given delicious desserts, cakes and pastries, which they have to cook under great time pressure. Candidates often despair. The baked specialties are then evaluated by a jury made up of three personalities. The best baker wins 5,000 euros. The program with the motto: “Failure can be so sweet” is broadcast on the streaming platform Netflix, on which the first season was released in 2020.

Rosins Restaurants – A starred chef is cleaning up!

Top chef Frank Rosin visits various restaurants who want to improve the “Rosin’s Restaurants” show. The experienced professional tests the offers of the participating restaurants and then provides them with advice and support. The aim is to help restaurateurs to help themselves and to improve restaurants in terms of menu, atmosphere, equipment and service. The soap opera started in 2009 on Kabel Eins. The 18th season of the Michelin-starred chef’s full coaching took place in August 2021 every Thursday at 8:15 p.m. on Kabel Eins broadcast.

Nutrition documents

Food as Medicine: The Kitchen Series focuses on health. Type 2 diabetes, Hashimoto, gastritis, heartburn, intolerances. The list of issues with which patients on the show come to “Nutrition Docs” is long and varied. The three experienced physicians use targeted nutritional strategies to improve the health of their patients. Following the advice of doctors, participants return after months of changing diets and report their successes. Since 2014, the series has shown how nutrition influences health. The program can be seen Mondays at 9 p.m. on NDR television.

Cooking with Martina & Moritz

Ready to beef!

Starred chefs Tim Mälzer and Tim Raue invite you to “Ready to beef!” to the duel. Each starred chef forms a team from among the participants – then it’s off to the stoves. The capacity of all members is required. The kitchen teams must concoct a wide variety of dishes. The challenge here is not just to create the perfect menu, but to work as a team. The most diverse culinary philosophies meet here. Too many cooks sweeten the broth or the kitchen teams create unique dishes? The answer can be seen streaming on TVNOW, where the second season was last released on August 31, 2020.


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