13 Best Cooking Anime to Make You Drool Over!

best cooking anime

We love food and the way it is made. We’ve seen chefs cooking some amazing dishes in person, but what if the whole concept goes to another level?

That’s where the cooking anime comes into play. Anime series portrays cooking in the most fascinating way, and you can’t help but admire the creators.

So, are you looking for delicious cooking/food-related anime shows? Well, let’s serve you with our amazing list then!

Best Cooking Anime!

13. Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Gourmet Girl Graffiti- best cooking anime

Ryou Machiko began living by herself after her grandmother passed away. She recreates her grandmother’s recipes perfectly, but she finds that something is lacking.

When she meets a girl named Kirin, she finds that company makes the meal tastier. Together, they enjoy various kinds of delicious foods.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti is a wonderful anime, in my opinion. No suspense, no twists and turns in the plot, but you still love every moment of it.

It’s what you call a slice of life cooking anime with a cute main character. So, if you feel like watching something refreshing, definitely watch this one.

12. Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie

Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie- best cooking anime

Sayuri Haruna dreams of becoming a good pastry chef and decides to enroll in Fleurir Confectionary Academy, located in Tokyo’s Aoyama district.

There she gets surrounded by charming boys with unique personalities, and as she gets closer to them, she begins to move one step forward towards her dream.

It feels like a reverse harem anime, but you definitely get the vibes of watching a cooking anime. It isn’t deep or moving but fun to watch if you’re looking for some laughs.

The only regret you’ll find is it is so short that you’ll watch the entire series in a day. Well, in the end, it is one of the best cooking anime shows out there.

11. Cooking Papa

Cooking Papa- best cooking anime

Araiwa Kazumi is an inspirational employee who manages both his work life and responsibilities perfectly. He is also a fantastic chef, although his co-workers are unaware of it.

Due to her wife’s job as a journalist, she couldn’t make enough time for the family, but she still stays as a cheerful mother. Still, the family stays together and lives a peaceful life by eating delicious meals.

Cooking Papa is an anime that provides a good message with a slice-of-life storyline. It shows how a family struggles if both parents work but still provides a solution.

It could be a great inspiration for people who are having family issues. In addition, it focuses on cooking most of the time, and thus, it is one of the best cooking anime out there.

10. Mister Ajikko

Mister Ajikko- best cooking anime

Genjirou Murata is a renowned food critic in Japan, and when he discovers a cooking prodigy named Youichi Ajiyoshi, he decides to make him the heir to the company.

However, before that Ajiyoshi needs to prove himself in the world of professionals where cooking is pride and honor. Can he climb to the top and prove that he is the best chef in Japan?

To be honest, Mister Ajikko is a pretty underrated anime for me. It deserves a bit more recognition for the efforts the creators put into making this anime.

Although you’ll face a small complication with subs in the third episode, before you know it, you’ll find yourself around the 20th episode. In other words, it is one of the best cooking anime out there.

9. Drifting Dragons

Drifting Dragons- best cooking anime

Dragons are known as “Rulers of the Sky” from fairy tales. They are threats for too many people, but they can provide valuable medicine, oil, and delicious food.

The story follows a crew named “Quin Zaza” as they hunt the dragons bravely along the journey. You see fights, humor, and more importantly, gourmet cooking.

Every once in a while, some anime series will be misunderstood by the audience and gets low-rated. It is the same case with this anime.

It has splendid world-building, and the concept of hunting the mythical beasts is definitely intriguing. Although it focuses less on cooking and more on adventure, still, it is a fantastic anime to watch.

8. Toriko

Toriko- best cooking anime

Toriko is a food lover to the point where he can catch any delicious food with ease. For his skills in finding food, the head chef of the Hotel Gourmet hires him to catch a Galara Crocodile.

He accepts the job and makes his way to the Baron islands to catch the Galara Crocodile. But he finds more than what he anticipated, and will he obtains his food or becomes dinner for Crocodile?

This anime isn’t something you can watch for intense moments or epic situations. But if you’re feeling bored or low, it definitely improves your mood.

Although the plot doesn’t involve much about cooking, you always come across it in every episode. So, if you’re looking for a food-related/cooking anime, this could become a unique watch.

7. Cooking Master Boy

Cooking Master Boy- best cooking anime

Mao‘s mother was a nationally recognized culinary genius. Now he decided to follow in her footsteps and begins to travel across China.

In his journey, he meets various talents and personalities with unparalleled gourmet skills. Now Mao must use all of the skills he learned from his mother to achieve his dream.

This anime brings you to the best world by showcasing your passion for cooking. The pacing is pretty good, and the plot makes it worthy to watch till the end.

Although it aired in 1997, the animation was great, and if you love cooking anime, you probably shouldn’t miss this one.

6. Ben-To

Ben-To- best cooking anime

Buying food in the supermarket is easy because you get everything, including bento lunch boxes. However, it could become dangerous once the sales become low as people fight for it.

You Satou gets into these fights to buy Bento lunchboxes, and after seeing his lack of fighting skills, his upperclassmen invites him to join their Half-Priced Food Lovers Club.

To put it simply, this anime revolves around discounted Bento and how people struggle to buy it. Although most of the story includes these little battles, the humor makes up for it.

It is straightforward fun and doesn’t get much serious throughout the episodes. So, if you want a funny and refreshing cooking anime, try this one out.

5. Today’s Menu for Emiya Family

Today's Menu for Emiya Family- best cooking anime

After the great war, the inhabitants of Fuyuki city adjusted to their daily lives. Shirou became a cook for the Emiya family’s household. Every day, he ventures the market to find the best ingredients.

Since the Emiya family always invites guests, Shirou strives to provide the best dishes with delicacies such as New Year soba, cheesy bamboo shoot gratin, and many more.

This anime feels better if you watch the Fate series before getting into this one. Because it is adapted from the parent story of fate. However, you can still enjoy it even if you don’t watch the original anime.

Both aren’t much related, and since the characters are not introduced before, you don’t have to worry about missing anything. So, it is one of the best cooking anime out there.

4. Sweetness & Lightning

Sweetness & Lightning- best cooking anime

Kouhei Inuzuka loses his wife and has been raising his daughter Tsumugi alone ever since then. He’s bad at cooking and doesn’t have much appetite either.

When one of his students Kotori Iida, gets closer to his family, this trio begins to start cooking various delicious dishes together in the kitchen. Could this new chance make their lives better?

Sweetness & Lightning is one of the beautiful anime series out there. It has realistic and cute personalities, and the whole show makes you emotional with the father and daughter relationship.

Rather than showing delicious foods to the audience, it shows how food can make lives better. So, we think you’ll love this anime if you’re into cooking anime series.

3. Meng Qi Shi Shen

Meng Qi Shi Shen- best cooking anime

Ye Jiayao has a dream of opening a restaurant and make it the best in the world. However, she gets back in time in the body of Ye Jinxuan.

After a lot of obstacles, she finally opens a restaurant in Huai Song. However, she constantly finds villains who try to bring it down. Will she be able to achieve her dream like this?

Food and historical romance is pretty rare, isn’t it? Meng Qi Shi Shen presents the storyline with ease and never fails to surprise you with delicious episodes.

If you love Chinese historical anime with the cooking concept, then you’re bound to love this one. So, why not watch it and see for yourself?

2. Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan- best cooking anime

Azuma Kazuma is a dimwit, but he has a dream: to make a bread that can top anything and becomes worthy to call, “Japanese people’s bread.”

With the hands suitable for dought ferment, hefty bread-making skills, and ultimate willpower, can he put everything he’s got into it to make the bread?

This show is ridiculous, but still, you’ll love it. Unless you’re a professional in baking bread, you won’t find this anime absurd.

Although the concept isn’t that amazing, the humor, the characters, and the baking scenes are worth checking out.

1. Food Wars!

Food Wars!- best cooking anime

Yukihira Soma loves cooking, and he tries to beat his father in a cooking competition but loses all the time. One day, his father suddenly had to leave the country, and they had to close their diner. 

Soma joins the most prestigious cooking school in Japan, Tohtsuki Academy. This school could be the one that makes him realize what the outside culinary world is like. 

Food Wars is the best cooking anime I’ve watched. Every episode is intense, and some scenes still give us goosebumps no matter how many times we watch.

It is unique in every aspect and takes the cooking to the next level. If you’re a foodie, then you probably can’t help but drool over the dishes they show you in the anime.

Let’s Conclude!

It seems the dish has been served perfectly on the table. Now it’s your turn to taste and savor the deliciousness hidden in each one of them.

So, have you been watching cooking anime lately? What’s your favorite cooking anime so far? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Hanumanth Reddy

Hanumanth is an enthusiastic author who enjoys writing about anime, movies, and TV shows and aims to share his optimistic views with his readers. His favorite franchise is Star Wars, and he aspires to be a Jedi in the future, but he vows not to fall on the dark side.