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Cooking Shows
Cooking Shows

Learn English meaning of 'cooking shows'

Date: Nov 28 2016

Themes: Celebrity, Food, Health, Hobbies

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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Do you need to figure out how to cook? Do you dream of making gourmet food someday? Do you want to try new cuisines? You could go to the store, buy your ingredients, and find some recipes on the internet. Or you could sit down in front of the TV and take a cooking lesson first.

TV cooking shows are very popular. Master Chef, Top Chef, and Cupcake Wars are competitive shows in which people cook food for judges. The person who cooks the best food wins. Watching these TV shows is a fun way to improve your own cooking techniques. And if you cook great food already, maybe you can go on TV and win.

Andy can’t stand TV cooking shows. Listen to today’s English lesson to hear what Dominique thinks.


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Andy_H:  Oh man, Dominique! I just came back from a family reunion. I spent about 7 hours with my aunt, watching every single cooking show.

Dominique:  Oh my gosh, Andy. That sounds like heaven!

Andy_H:  No, no, no! It doesn’t!

Dominique:  Yes!

Andy_H:  Why can’t we just cook and eat food? It made me so hungry!

Dominique:  I think you’re talking to the wrong person. I love cooking shows. Master Chef, Top Chef, Cupcake Wars, all of them. I love them! I love getting recipes. I like to figure out different ingredients. It’s amazing.

Andy_H:  I like to cook, and you can get techniques, you can figure out new cuisines... how to make something gourmet. But I can’t stand these competitive celebrity chefs… “I’m going to yell at you because the sugar level was too high.” It’s just a little too much.

Dominique:  I think I know what the problem is. Is it, probably, that you can’t cook? Those are the type of people usually that don’t like those shows.

Andy_H:  I can kind of cook.

Dominique:  I knew it! You know what? Come on over, and I’ll help you out.

Andy_H:  All right. But do we have to watch a show?

Dominique:  Yes. Or we can pretend to have our own show. You’ll thank me later.

Andy_H:  OK.


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Andy can’t figure out why cooking shows are so popular on TV. He watched hours of cooking shows together with his aunt, and it only made him hungry. Andy can’t stand how people yell and become competitive on these shows. He thinks it’s better to eat gourmet food than to watch it on TV.

Dominique thinks that the reason Andy doesn’t like watching these shows is because he can’t cook. Dominique loves cooking shows. She likes learning about different cuisines and different techniques for making them. Andy admits that he’s not a very good cook, which gives Dominique an idea. Why not go to Dominique’s house for a cooking lesson?

What are your favorite recipes and ingredients? Do you watch cooking shows on TV?



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Syrian Arab Republic

Yes I like watching cooking shows and now as I am a new housewife I have to learn more about cooking so I try new recipes and follow these shows.

01:13 AM Nov 29 2016 |





To be honest I’m not the person to cook often. Maybe once per week. It doesn’t mean I don’t like cooking, in fact, it implies I can’t. It can be one possible reason that I don’t like cooking shows.

Oh God. Just imagining of chipping piece of onion in the kitchen, makes my tears to fall down automatically. It’s terrifying!! I can’t even stand on its smell. But I can eat it :))

Anyhow, the last cooking show that I can barely remember was come back to several years before when I was in Iran. I was watching TV with my mum, switching TV channels and we suddenly stopped on cooking TV show. Off course, I changed the channel soon after of convincing her.

How come!!

There are plenty of amazing program in the TV which we can be watched and enjoyed them. Why cooking show!!! I’m not totally into it. 

God thanks. There is a new brand device named “Thermomixer”. It actually saved my life. My wife cooks very well by the use of that and we enjoy eating them. Thank you to the related productive company and big thanks to my wife as well. :))

01:13 AM Nov 29 2016 |


ola3Super Member!


I’m passionate about ‘craftsy’ now. Enrolled in a couple of food courses there – stews around the world and salads. And the recent hype was about a stir-fry and cooking in a wok. Can’t wait to start it. The idea that vitamins are preserved in a quick stir-fry motions excites me. May be this time I can pull my favourite Singapore noodle dish off.

01:08 AM Nov 29 2016 |



In the past cooking was not so important for me. I liked to cook but I never spent so much energy and time for that. But since I  start to cook for someone then it starts to be important for me too. I research every day what can I cook , I check recipes and ingredients. I like to figure out new and different cuisines. And shows or videos for cooking sometime can help and nowadays I enjoy and give them more pay attention. Bon appetit. 

01:07 AM Nov 29 2016 |

La Princesse de la vie


I like to try new recipes every once in a while, although they’re not successful once most times. I do like cooking TV shows.

06:30 PM Nov 28 2016 |

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