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Monday, January 21, 2013
The Taste on ABC Premiers Tonight, 1/22: Tony, Nigella, Ludo, and Brian's Blind Ambition Tour Promises to Bring a Fresh Approach to the Food Game Show
Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey were in town to have a casual meet and greet last week to promote The Taste , which premiers tonight at 8/7c, on ABC.
The show is generating considerable interest given it's line-up of heavy hitters, all riding the edge of the culinary world. We'll all be looking for some energy, chemistry, and attitude from this wild bunch--my money is on Nigella, who has the sass, and smarts to match her curves . Ludo and Tony B. are both riding a wave of success. Ludo is set to pop-up permanently at his much anticipated restaurant in partnership with Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal and Son of a Gun, that's rumored to mark a return to Chef Ludo's roots--oh, and Tony B. is just getting ready to rule the world with his new series, Unknown Parts, on CNN, that will boldly go where no food/travel television show has gone before. Malarkey is a star in his own right and has been a double threat in the food world as a restaurateur and Reality TV star.
The four mentors will be selecting amateurs, professionals, and hobbyists in the kitchen based on one blind taste--one bite. Chefs that are selected will then have one of these 4 wise men and woman to mentor them during the run of the show. They'll start out with 16 contestants with weekly dramas, challenges, emotions, and fierce competition until there is only one chef left standing.
Bourdain, and Lawson both indicated that this show will be a departure from the lame-ass reality show trappings, where jerks with toques are selected and prodded to manufacture controversy.
This might be the food competition we've all been waiting for. Tune in tonight for The Taste!