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5 Cooking Shows to Watch for Thanksgiving Inspiration

November 15, 2022

These Thanksgiving-themed episodes of favorite cooking shows inspire both cooks and those who just want to get into the spirit of the holiday in 2022.

Whether you're still looking for Thanksgiving recipes, or you just want to get in the spirit of the holiday, check out these holiday-themed episodes of some favorite cooking shows. Cheers to a happy — and delicious — Thanksgiving 2022!

You watch these shows and look for other Turkey Day content by using the voice command, "Thanksgiving," in your Cox Contour Voice Remote. And you can find out other tips for enhancing your Thanksgiving holiday through technology.


Selena + Chef: Selena + Aarti Sequeira Friendsgiving

Where to watch: HBO Max


Launched during the early days of the pandemic and still going strong, Selena Gomez's unscripted HBO Max series features the pop star improving her cooking skills with the help of pro chefs. In this episode, Gomez and friends collaborate virtually with Mumbai-born cookbook author Aarti Sequeira and her besties. Sequeira's "Friendsgiving" menu is a full spread of holiday classics infused with Indian soul.


It's hard not to get excited for these twists on traditional favorites, like tandoori butter turkey breast, sweet potatoes with garam masala and marshmallows, cranberry chutney and green beans with a mint and pistachio vinaigrette.


Iron Chef America: Thanksgiving Past and Present

Where to watch: Food Network


Go back in time and watch veteran Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon take on Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guaraschelli in this Thanksgiving battle from 2013. Hosted by Alton Brown, with guest judges actors Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres, the action centers around a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving ingredients with the usual curve balls thrown in for dramatic effect.


Will the veterans' sweet potato and turkey gnocchi prevail over the newbies' sweet corn pudding with clams and escargot? Stream this throwback episode to find out.


Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: Truth and the Turkey Tale

Watch on: Hulu


Are you searching for holiday dishes with a side of history? Travel along to scenic Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard with Padma Lakshmi as she debunks Thanksgiving myths and delves into the fascinating food traditions of the Wampanoag Nation.


Think dishes like nettle pesto focaccia with foraged nettles, stuffed whole sea bass and blueberry slump made with local fruit. Lakshmi caps it off with an epic clam bake, highlighting the native origins behind the iconic New England feast.


Top Chef: Episode: The First Thanksgiving

Watch on: Peacock


What's more Thanksgiving than Boston-based Top Chef alum Tiffani Faison leading contestants through an actual cranberry bog before they compete to highlight the crimson fruit in their Quickfire Challenge?


In this episode, the chef teams must create a Thanksgiving feast while being limited to cooking methods and ingredients from the 1600s. Wampanoag and Mayflower descendants have seats at the judges' table.


Chopped: A Chopped Thanksgiving

Watch on: Food Network


Worried about a kitchen mishap despite your careful planning for Turkey Day? Build up your improvisational skills by watching four Chopped contestants design a meal from their mystery baskets. If one contestant can impress the judges with a juicy turkey roulade marinated in pumpkin pie ice cream, you can handle whatever comes your way on Thanksgiving Day 2022.


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