Combine equal parts of Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Ludo Lefebvre, shake well and pour evenly on a plate of 16 aspiring newcomer chefs, and you will cook up ABC’s new cooking competition series, “The Taste.”
The series features chef, culinary enfant terrible and traveler extraordinaire, Anthony Bourdain, British food star and bodacious babe Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef/restaurateur Brian Malarkey.
No Malarkey! The series is all intense action as the four will decide the fates of 16 hopefuls who will cook for this tough group.
An exhilarating new one-hour cooking competition, “The Taste” puts 16 culinary competitors -- pro chefs to home cooks -- to the fire when four of the world’s most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste test. In this pressure-packed contest, the taste in a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send him packing. “The Taste” features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef/restaurateur Brian Malarkey.
Each of the four culinary superstars and “Taste” mentors – Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey – will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. In each episode, the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors’ dishes blind with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling, what they’re eating, how it was prepared or who they could be sending home.
ABC’S “THE TASTE” – MENTORS/JUDGES
Mentor/Executive Producer on ABC’s “The Taste”
Chef, author and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “The Layover.” Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bęte noir, advocate, social critic and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates as he is evangelical about his passions. The “chef-at-large” at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into more than 28 languages – as well as the travel journal, A Cook’s Tour, three crime novels, a cookbook, a biography of Typhoid Mary, the bestselling graphic novel Get JIRO!, and others. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times of London, Bon Appetit, Gourmet and many other publications.
He has shared his insights about team building and crisis management with the Harvard Business Review and has been profiled on numerous national news programs and talk shows. Bourdain joined the writing staff of HBO’s “Treme” in 2011, contributing to the popular drama’s restaurant storylines. He recently launched his own publishing line with Ecco, Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. His first titles will be released in early 2013. “No Reservations,” widely popular all over the world, has won two Emmy Awards, with several other nominations. 2013 will see the premiere of two new television shows hosted by Bourdain: “The Taste” and a travel docu-series for CNN.
ABC’S “THE TASTE” – NIGELLA LAWSON
Mentor/Executive Producer on ABC’s “The Taste”
Food enthusiast, television personality and journalist Nigella Lawson is the author of eight bestselling books including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Bites, Feast, How to Be a Domestic Goddess and How to Eat, which have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. Her books and groundbreaking iPhone app and television shows on Food Network, E! Entertainment Television and Style have made her a household name globally. She serves as a culinary mentor, judge and executive producer on ABC’s innovative new culinary competition series, “The Taste,” with Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey. When she was 17, Nigella Lawson decided she wanted to be Italian. She applied to study Italian at Oxford, and spent her gap year working as a chambermaid in a family-run pensione in Florence, earning meager wages but learning a wealth of hands-on knowledge in Italian cooking from “Nonna—the paternal grandmother, straight from Central Casting” — in the kitchen. Today, Nigella brings as much of Italy as she can into her own kitchen, and now, she celebrates the pleasures of Italian food in her first Italian cookbook NIGELLISSIMA: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes (Clarkson Potter; on sale February 12, 2013). A sentimental journey for Nigella, NIGELLISSIMA is filled with 120 mouthwatering, simple, fast recipes, combining the richness of Italian culinary tradition with Nigella’s own distinctive twists: insights learned from Nonna and experience for a light touch and full taste.Nigella lives in London, England, with her family.
Mentor on ABC’s “The Taste”
Ludovic Lefebvre is the pioneer of a guerilla style “pop-up” restaurant event called LudoBites that currently takes place at locations around Los Angeles. His newest book release, LUDOBITES: Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre, is the story of the seven LudoBites events that showcase Lefebvre’s wildly inventive food with recipes that merge the techniques he has perfected in his years at the finest French restaurants with the simplicity forced upon him by the limits of a pop-up kitchen.
Lefebvre trained at Restaurant L’Esperance with Marc Meneau, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, and Arpege with Alain Passard, and Le Grande Vefour with Guy Martin in France. He moved to Los Angeles to work at L’Orangerie, where he became head chef at 25 and at the age of 26 was named as one of the world’s 50 Greatest Chefs by Relais & Chateux. Under his guidance, L’Orangerie became one of the top-rated restaurants in California, receiving the Mobil Five Star Award. He then moved on to Bastide where he also received the prestigious award. He was a nominee for the James Beard Foundation “Rising Chef Award” in 2001 and is the author of the cookbook, Crave.
Mentor on ABC’s “The Taste”
An award-winning maverick chef, Brian Malarkey is one half of the brain trust, that in less than two years has concepted five wildly successful restaurants in San Diego including Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone. Each has opened to rave reviews, including Searsucker being named “the country's #2 hottest restaurant” by Time Magazine and OpenTable Diners Choice Awards. On the horizon is national expansion of 15 restaurants over the next five years, including a Searsucker in Scottsdale in November 2012, and the release of his first cookbook, Come Early, Stay Late.
Growing up on a ranch in Bend, Oregon, and spending summers enjoying the fresh seafood on the coast, Malarkey discovered his love for food and cooking at a young age. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Portland. He was later hired as Sous Chef at Oceanaire Seafood Room in Minnesota before opening their San Diego location as Executive Chef and Operating Partner. Under his direction Oceanaire received over 60 industry awards in less than five years.
NEW ONE-HOUR COOKING COMPETITION SERIES "THE TASTE"
PREMIERES TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 ON ABC
One blind spoonful could change everything on ABC's all-new alternative series, "The Taste," an exhilarating one-hour cooking competition that puts 16 culinary competitors - from pro chefs to home cooks -- to the fire with four of the world's most notable masters of the food world who will judge their creations based on a blind taste test.
In this pressure-filled contest, the taste in a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send him packing. The series features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef/restaurateur Brian Malarkey. These four culinary superstars and mentors will each coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen.
In each episode the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through various elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors' dishes blind -- with no knowledge of whose creation they're sampling, what they're eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be sending home.
In the two-hour series premiere, "Auditions Part 1," the pressure is on when Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey put 29 professional chefs and home cooks through their first grueling round of blind taste tests -- in which just a single spoonful will decide whether or not they make it past the audition phase and into the competition.
"Auditions Part 1" airs TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The series will air in its regular time period Tuesday, January 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
"The Taste" carries tv-14,L parental guideline.
The series premieres with a special two-hour episode on Tuesday, January 22 at 8pm ET. I