'The Taste': 5 things you need to know
It’s time to get your taste buds ready as Anthony Bourdain and Nigela Lawson’s new show, “The Taste” will be turning living rooms into taste kitchens starting Tuesday January 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
- Not surprisingly, it’s all about the taste – a one-bite spoonful from each competitor. For each challenge, contestants make a dish based on a culinary theme and whoever makes what the judges deem as the worst bite, is eliminated.
- The judges have some of the most refined palates in the business – “Kitchen Confidential’s” Anthony Bourdain, famed British TV cook Nigella Lawson, “Ludo Bites America's” Ludo Lefebvre and former “Top Chef” competitor Brian Malarkey.
- Both homecooks and professionals will be taking to the kitchen. “Non-professionals really had as clean a crack at the gold as professionals," Bourdain told TVGuide. "Technique wasn't going to help you really...In fact, in some challenges, the professionals would trip themselves up by trying to dazzle. They'd overthink or over-intellectualize, whereas the homecooks would try to make the judges happy.”
- In the premiere episode, 29 hopefuls will be competing for one of the 16 spots on the judges' teams.
- Even after the judges have picked their teams, they taste test blind, so they might end up eliminating members of their own team. “We're four very jaded palate . . . These are people who have eaten a lot of food. Truffle oil is not going to work on these people,” Anthony Bourdain told TVGuide.
“The Taste” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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