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The Taste Season One Starring Nigella Lawson And Anthony Bourdain To Finally Air


Better late then never The Taste the food reality TV show starring Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain will screen on GEM starting 29 December.

This is nearly a year after it premiered in the USA. It is a good move by GEM as Nigella Lawson is creating a lot of publicity with the news she has taken class A drugs. Apparently shocking for Nigella whereas her fellow co-star Anthony Bourdain made an international career BECAUSE he had taken hard core illicit drugs. In more bollocks apparently the police are going to review the evidence in relation to Nigella’s drug use. Interesting most other celebrities who admit in media interviews that they have taken drugs have not attract this law enforcement scrutiny. See full story on this issue here.

The Taste is perfect summer television viewing and highly recommended. I saw the first couple of episodes, the audition rounds,  when I was in the USA in January.  The show is based on The Voice with the judges picking a team based on blind tastings. They then mentor their team until there is a winner. Amateur and professional cooks compete against each other.

There is a season two which will premiere shortly in the US and judge Marcus Samuelsson is replacing Brian Malarkey as a mentor.

Here are the full details:

The Taste, an exhilarating cooking competition judged by four of the world’s most renowned celebrity chefs including Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain, begins on Sunday, December 29, at 6.30pm on Gem.

 This exciting new series puts competitors, from professional chefs to home cooks, into a pressure cooker of a kitchen where blind taste tests of their creations are served to the international food experts. One bad bite and the celebrity chefs could march a competitor out of the kitchen.

Joining Lawson and Bourdain on The Taste are famed culinary experts Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey.

Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey will each mentor a team of four professional and amateur cooks as they vie to create the best tasting dish.

Each group will face team and individual challenges with a variety of themes throughout several elimination rounds.

At the end of each episode the mentors will have to judge the hopefuls’ dishes. With each judge blindfolded, they won’t know whose creation they are sampling, what they are eating – or who they could be sending home.

 The Taste: Premiering Sunday, December 29, at 6.30pm on Gem



1 Mel @ The cook's notebook { 12.23.13 at 12:15 pm }

CANNOT WAIT!!! But I’m almost even more excited about S2 because of Marcus Samuelsson who I absolutely LOVE. :)

2 Culinary Boner { 12.23.13 at 3:07 pm }

The Taste stars talk about Bourdain’s current drug of choice; booze —

Good to see Ludo is a man after my heart in being partial to high octane Belgian ales.

3 Littlepetal { 12.23.13 at 3:41 pm }

Thanks RR for the info. Will watch.

4 mittens { 12.23.13 at 4:41 pm }

@2 And Anthony (Can I borrow your cardie Nanna? I forgot mine) Bourdain.

5 Reality Raver { 12.24.13 at 9:03 am }

Little petal will be interested to see what you think of it. Not the best cooking show but definitely not the worse.