5 Food TV Specials to Watch This Holiday Season

Now that another Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time for the yuletide television specials to start rolling across the airwaves. This year, a few of food TV’s biggest stars are hosting one-off specials, and two cooking competition shows are returning for entire holiday-themed seasons. Here’s a guide to five of the big winter-themed cooking shows to watch out for between now and the end of December

Watch it on: NBC
When: Wednesday, November 28 at 10 p.m.
The gist: Hollywood’s favorite couple, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, will host an hour-long yuletide extravaganza featuring a cavalcade of special guests, including Stevie Wonder, Kim Kardashian, Zach Galifianakis, Raphael Saadiq, and Kenan Thompson. The trailer indicates that the special will have plenty of singing as well as some cooking, and at least one scene involving Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and a giant lollipop. Antoni Porowski and the rest of the Queer Eye gang will also make a cameo on the hour-long special, and expect a few plugs for John’s new Christmas album and Chrissy’s new Cravings book.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith during Season 6 of the Great British Baking Show
Netflix/The Great British Baking Show

Watch it on: Netflix
When: Friday, November 30
The gist: Just three weeks after the US premiere of the Baking Show’s sixth season, Netflix is gifting viewers with a one-off holiday special hosted by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The pastry experts will be welcoming “some favorite bakers back to the tent for a holiday confection competition.” A trailer for all of Netflix’s holiday shows includes shots of a half dozen or so bakers making holiday specialties, and a full band and children’s choir performing Christmas tunes outside the tent.


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