Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Taste Tuesdays on ABC at 8/7c

Thanks to a heads-up from @Influenster i recently caught cooking competition show @TheTasteABC. Chefs Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey are the judges, and they each have teams of 4 competitors/protégés.

The contestant's backgrounds range from professional chefs to amateur foodies who've been selected from a national casting call. Their mission is to impress the judges with their culinary skills as they complete pre-determined tasks such as pairing a dish with a particular wine & incorporating the wine in the preparation of the dish.

The contestants compete as a team and individuals because if an entry doesn't advance to the next round and the creator of the dish does not obtain elimination immunity, they are eliminated from the team as well as the competition on the whole. The real fun is how the advancing is decided---through a blind tasting.

A spoonful of each creation is sampled by the judges and their assessment is based solely on the presentation and taste without the knowledge of which team member made the dish.

After discussing the dishes' merits or lack thereof, the food is given a yea or nay and it's creator's identity is revealed. Which also makes for bragging rights between the judges because if one of their team member's dishes is eliminated [again barring elimination immunity] so is that team member. So far Anthony Bourdain's team is the only one who has not had any eliminations.

The Taste, bringing pleasure to the palate a spoonful at a time. See it Tuesdays at 8/7central on ABC

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