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The Food That Built America

The Food That Built America

History 2019

The fascinating stories of the families behind the food that built America, those who used brains, muscle, blood, sweat and tears to get to America's heart through its stomach, those who invented new technologies and helped win wars.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Food That Built America

The Food That Built America - S2E13

#1 - When the Chips Are Down

8.36

Season 2 - Episode 13

As C.E. Doolin and Herman Lay are out to prove the potential of the chips business in the 1950's, their success inspires one of the biggest companies in the world to enter the chip market. When a chemist begins work on a secret project, designing a strong, saddle-shaped chip and a revolutionary container to ship them in, the companies go head to head for market dominance.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

The Food That Built America - S3E1

#2 - Submarine Warfare

8.35

Season 3 - Episode 1

High School friends see an alternative to fast food with the "submarine" sandwich. But they are quickly met with the fierce competition of a new submarine joint, started by a physicist, that is trying to perfect the art of the franchise, and will go on to be the biggest restaurant chain in the world.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.

The Food That Built America - S2E1

#3 - Pizza Wars

8.18

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the 1950s, two brothers from Wichita, Kan., aim to build their restaurant, Pizza Hut, by introducing America to Italian dish-pizza. Americans soon fall in love with their pizza, but rival, Domino's, threatens to derail their success.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.

The Food That Built America - S2E10

#4 - The TV Dinner

8.18

Season 2 - Episode 10

Gilbert Swanson inherits his father's frozen turkey company and partners with a food chemist to innovate a revolutionary dinner that Americans can heat up at home... they call it the TV Dinner. And when a restauranteur named Vernon Stouffer tries to bring his frozen meals to market, he's blown out of the water by the TV Dinner... until he harnesses a new technology called...the microwave.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

The Food That Built America - S3E2

#5 - A Cold One

8.15

Season 3 - Episode 2

In the late 1800s, German immigrants Joseph Schlitz and Captain Frederick Pabst find themselves in a battle for beer dominance. In their fight for one upmanship they will help create the most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet, introduce lager beer to the nation, and become two of the biggest companies on Earth for half a century.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

The Food That Built America - S1E2

#6 - Best Served Cold

8.13

Season 1 - Episode 2

At the dawn of the 20th Century, a new breed of innovator rises up to expand American industry and push the limits of new technology. A trailblazer named Milton Hershey bets big on a revolutionary idea, and then a father and son duo named Mars start on a path to challenge the chocolate throne. Plus, the titans of food weather the storm of the First World War and push the boundaries of invention in the Roaring Twenties.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.

The Food That Built America - S3E5

#7 - The Best Thing Since...

8.11

Season 3 - Episode 5

In a quest to dominate the growing commercial bread industry, Lee Marshall bets on a new kind of white loaf, unwittingly inspiring a homemaker named Margaret Rudkin to come up with a healthier alternative.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

The Food That Built America - S2E8

#8 - Soup Wars

8.07

Season 2 - Episode 8

The fascinating stories of the families behind the food that built America, those who used brains, muscle, blood, sweat and tears to get to America's heart through its stomach, those who invented new technologies and helped win wars.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.

The Food That Built America - S2E5

#9 - Cola Wars

8.03

Season 2 - Episode 5

In the 1970s, one major cola brand launches a blind taste test marketing plan that takes direct aim at their biggest competitor. As a new era of competition heats up between the behemoth brands, each side selects a new leader who takes the companies to battle in a rivalry that will birth countless iconic soda products and memorable marketing stunts.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.

The Food That Built America - S2E2

#10 - The Chocolate Rush

8.03

Season 2 - Episode 2

In 1919, Milton Hershey is king of the chocolate, but everything changes when sugar prices drop in the new post-WWI era. Competitors spring up, including Hershey's former employee HB Reese, who goes on to create one of the bestselling candies ever.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.

The Food That Built America - S2E14
#11 - The Rise of a Rival
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 14

When candy company president Charles Guth gets shafted by a Cola salesman, he decides to buy a bankrupt rival company and go to war with the supplier who wronged him and its new CEO, the maverick businessman Robert Woodruff. The battle will help shape the world of soda for decades to come.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
The Food That Built America - S3E6
#12 - Cookie Fortunes
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 6

Hollywood agent Wally Amos transforms his professional life when he decides to make and sell his own gourmet chocolate chip cookies, and opens America's first cookie store; housewife Debbi Fields opens her homestyle cookie shop in a mall.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Food That Built America - S3E12
#13 - Pasta Party
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 12

Hector and Mario Boiardi open an Italian restaurant in Cleveland in 1924 and soon introduce Italian food to Americans; the brothers eventually find themselves in competition with James Kraft and his newest offering, macaroni and cheese.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
The Food That Built America - S1E1
#14 - Lines in the Sand
7.94
Season 1 - Episode 1

In the wake of the Civil War, a revolution takes place on the backs of visionary entrepreneurs of industry like Heinz, Kellogg and Post; they push the limits of ingenuity to launch businesses that will revolutionize industry.

The episode was rated from 63 votes.
The Food That Built America - S3E7
#15 - The Beef is On
7.89
Season 3 - Episode 7

When Col. Sanders sells his company to investors in 1964, the new owners identify a rising star within the organization: Dave Thomas.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
The Food That Built America - S2E15
#16 - Gum Slingers
7.88
Season 2 - Episode 15

William Wrigley stumbles upon a new product that will kickstart a revolution across industries, but not before sparking a life-long rivalry.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Food That Built America - S3E8
#17 - Pop Stars
7.88
Season 3 - Episode 8

Small town farmer Orville Redenbacher has a lifelong dream of creating the perfect popcorn kernel, leading to the first significant development of popcorn in thousands of years which he sells nationwide, eventually pitting him against industry rivals for supremacy of Americaโ€™s oldest snack.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Food That Built America - S2E9
#18 - Godfathers of Fast Food
7.83
Season 2 - Episode 9

A short order chef invents the hamburger bun and engineers a new way of making a burger faster than ever before; Nathan Handwerker invests his life savings into a hot dog stand at Coney Island.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Food That Built America - S1E3
#19 - The Spoils of War
7.83
Season 1 - Episode 3

As the Great Depression hits, the titans of food push the envelope of innovation to feed a hungry nation. Then WWII sees competing industrial empires joining the war effort in a united front to fuel the forces fighting for freedom abroad. And in Post-War America, visionaries like Harland Sanders, the McDonald brothers and Ray Kroc battle to revolutionize the restaurant industry, and pave the way for the golden age of the American dream.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.
The Food That Built America - S2E3
#20 - The Kings of Burgers
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 3

In the 1950s, Ray Kroc franchises McDonald's nationwide, but right behind Kroc, a wave of other entrepreneurs try to cash in on the fast-food restaurant craze. Two Florida visionaries start up what will become Kroc's biggest rival, by re-inventing their kitchen's equipment into the pioneering "flame broiler."

The episode was rated from 45 votes.

Last updated: jun 24, 2022

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