Top 5 Cooking Shows to Watch in 2013

What's going to be in the Chopped Champions baskets this season?
What's going to be in the Chopped Champions baskets this season?
Photo courtesy of Chopped

The New Year brings new series and the return of some of the best cooking shows on television. With today being the first day of 2013, we ranked our top five cooking shows for this year. Some are new and some are veterans, but all of them are enjoyable (or at least predicted to be).

Here are the new cooking television shows you should definitely tune in for.

5. Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

Last year, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri created two teams of celebrities to cook against each other in hopes of being the last cook standing and raising money for their charity of choice. Rachael's team includes Carnie Wilson, Hines Ward, Kathy Najimy and Gilbert Gottfried. Guy chose Dean McDermott, Chilli, Cornelia Guest and Johnny Weir. Each celebrity has a passion for cooking, so this won't be an absolute train wreck, watching celebrities battle it out in the kitchen. They may not make the best food, but you'll definitely get a kick out of some of the celebrities cooking in the kitchen. The new season premieres on Food Network Sunday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

4. Chopped Champions The cooking show between outstanding chefs all across America returns with a new Chopped Champions series. Sixteen previous winners will have the chance to compete for $50,000. I love the thrill of Chopped, so watching previous winners fight for the title of Chopped Champion is always enjoyable and exciting. The new season of Chopped Champions will premiere Tuesday, January 15, at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

Who will advance to the next round after the MasterChef auditions?
Who will advance to the next round after the MasterChef auditions?
Photo courtesy of MasterChef

3. MasterChef -- Season 4 The show that made Christine Ha winner of MasterChef season 3 will return in 2013 for season 4. The cast auditions have ended, so it will be a matter of time until the exciting cooking competition between home cooks begins. Joe Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot will return as judges for the next season. There hasn't been an official announcement about the premiere of MasterChef Season 4, but it is rumored to be Saturday, January 5 at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on FOX.

2. Bobby's Dinner Battle A big trend in food television shows is the rise of the home cook. Rather than watching professional chefs duke it out to win a grand prize or go home with a new title, America has fallen in love with the ordinary home cook showcasing their talents on television. In Bobby Flay's new Food Network series, Flay has traveled across America to find the best home cooks and give them a chance to compete on three teams creating a three-course menu for Bobby's dinner party. Each party will have Bobby, the other two competing teams and special guests, according to Food Network. Look for this series premiere on Wednesday, January 16, at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

1. The Taste The most anticipated cooking show of 2013 premieres on ABC Tuesday, January 22, at 8 ET/7 CT. Watch Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey judge contestants based on a blind tasting of their food. The contestants range from ordinary home cooks to professional chefs. Throughout the season, the teams will be mentored by one of the judges and will compete in competitions individually and as groups. It's basically the concept of The Voice; rather than the contestants singing and the judges hitting a buzzer when they want them on their team, the four culinary judges will have a blind taste of each contestant's food and will choose who stays and who goes. With all the hype this new series has gotten, it should be a great show to watch.

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