This week I’m all about The Taste on ABC. This new reality/competition show has four professional chefs—Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Ludo Lefebvre—selecting teams of four home cooks/chefs through tasting one spoonful of food.
The show is very similar to The Voice on NBC where the contestants are evaluated with blind auditions. Both home cooks and professional chefs are judged solely on the strength of one bite of food. I appreciate the blind judging component of the show because it puts all of the candidates on equal footing. Often in reality/competition shows, the judge’s decisions are influenced on elements that have nothing to do with the contestant’s talent or skills.
The show has been on the air for two weeks, and next week will begin the actual competition portion of the show. The audition rounds can still be seen at ABC.com. Now that, the judges have selected their teams, they will be mentoring the competitors each week as they are faced with individual challenges and themed competitions. The end of each episode will conclude with the blind tasting of the dishes. The person with the worst dish will be eliminated. The teaser promos hint that at least one of the judges will unknowingly send home of their own competitors which heightens the stress of the competition.
The producers of the show have selected a great panel of judges. Bourdain is the unofficial host/lead judge and comes to The Taste with the most fame. The other three have forceful personalities, and I’m excited to get to know them better this season. Two things about the show have surprised me. First, the judges have not unanimously liked any of the dishes. Second, the judges have not demonstrated a clear idea or direction in the selection of their individual teams.
I hope that the rest of the season will be as entertaining as the first two episodes. Check out the show and let me know what you think of it.