The BEST episodes of James May: Oh Cook!

Every episode of James May: Oh Cook! ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of James May: Oh Cook!!

James May is not a chef. But that’s the whole point: you don’t need to be a brilliant cook to make delicious food. Transporting us to the Far East, the Med, and the local pub – all from the comfort of a home economist’s kitchen – he’ll knock up delicious recipes that you can actually make yourself, with ingredients you can actually buy. And all without the usual television cooking format trickery.

Last Updated: 4/7/2024Network: Prime VideoStatus: Continuing
53 votes

#1 - Roast

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/13/2020

James concludes his culinary journey with the oft weekend nemesis, the Sunday roast. Disavowing the usual television skulduggery and having promised he’ll make the crew lunch, the race is on to get everything ready at the same time. Expect spuds, sprouts, and musings on a mid-life crisis.

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French Classics
33 votes

#2 - French Classics

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/24/2023

James sets the bar high by taking on some classic dishes from France, the home of haute cuisine. Expect oniony thrills and soupy spills as he tries to sort out his croque from his coq.

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48 votes

#3 - Breakfast

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/13/2020

Regularly described as the most important meal of the day before elevenses, James is living proof that eating a regular, hearty breakfast can make you fitter and healthier. In this episode he succeeds with a Middle Eastern classic but makes a right hash of a specialty closer to home. Then it’s time to channel his inner hipster with some avocado soldiers.

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Pub Classics
65 votes

#4 - Pub Classics

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/13/2020

In preparation for this episode James has selflessly undertaken nearly forty years of meticulous fieldwork. With a pint in hand, he fries the perfect steak, puts a metropolitan liberal elite spin on humble pie, and tops it all off with something the Brits do rather well: vandalism.

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26 votes

#5 - Picnic

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/24/2023

What better way to celebrate summer that with a sumptuous selection of classic picnic recipes?Sausage rolls to animal shaped scones, scotch eggs to coronation chicken-a-la-May, all the ingredients are here for a summertime feast.

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28 votes

#6 - Japanese

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/24/2023

James puts his culinary skills to the test as he tackles the exquisite and delicate world of Japanese cooking. Katsu curry, vegetable tempura, and Temaki rolls are all on the menu, but whilst James is surprisingly adept with a sharp knife, it turns out he's less graceful with a rolling pin.

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Asian Fusion
94 votes

#7 - Asian Fusion

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/13/2020

James kicks off his culinary adventure with a uniquely British spin on food from across the Asian continent. There’s (con)fusion aplenty as he experiments with some rather unexpected ingredients, all under the watchful gaze of the pantry-residing home economist Nikki.

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26 votes

#8 - German

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/24/2023

Beer will flow and sausages fly as James tackles the wonders of German cuisine. From curry wurst and sauerkraut, to classic pretzels, to an unpronounceable potato and plum dessert, James reveals just how delicious German food can be.

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24 votes

#9 - Mexican

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/24/2023

James has never been to Mexico. So he'll need to muster all his culinary know-how to tackle a complex chuck steak chili, the smoky delights of tacos two-ways, and Latin American classic of churros with chocolate sauce.

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27 votes

#10 - Vegan

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/24/2023

James explores the delights of vegan food and discovers a world of delicious recipes. Tasty burgers without the moo and Shepherd's pie without the ewe prove a hit with the crew, while a smoky tofu stir fry almost turns the air blue.

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70's Dinner Party
26 votes

#11 - 70's Dinner Party

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/24/2023

It's party time, 1970s style, and James grooves his way through the classics of the age. Vol-au-vents, Stroganoffs and flaming Crepe Suzettes make the party go with a swing, all before the Babycham has even had a chance to go warm.

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55 votes

#12 - Curry

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/13/2020

Asian icon, British favourite. James attempts to tear up the takeaway menus and cook an Indian inspired feast featuring lamb keema, dal, chapatis, and a speedy raita. Can our have-a-Goa kitchen hero impress home economist Nikki with a Delhi-cate balance of spices?

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59 votes

#13 - Pasta

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/13/2020

The Mediterranean calls and James dives headfirst into the world of pasta. With home economist Nikki at his side (when she’s not in her cupboard), he whips up an array of Italian classics – some more tradizionale than others. From antique kitchen gadgets to carbonara conundrums, James washes down his Apennine adventures with a glass (bottle) of Chianti.

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47 votes

#14 - Pudding

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/13/2020

James sets out to prove that the proof really is in the pudding, as cakes, custards and crumbles are all on the menu today. With a bit of help from Nikki his Victoria Sponge turns out a triumph, while revisiting a simple youthful pleasure results in a Spotted Dick.

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