Hello everyone! Fanny is back. Miss me?
So, after a brief period of hibernation, I decided the time had come to get back into the swing of things – I admit, I’d been sidetracked by Tom Kerridge and Masterchefs Australia and Professional but the triple whammy of Bourdain, Lawson and Lefebvre was too much to resist. Yes, The Taste has come to town.
Originally created for American TV Channel 4 ditched the four judge idea and the slimmed down panel are the aforementioned Anthony Bourdain (now known as Tony), Nigella Lawson (now known as Poor Nigella) and Ludo Lefebvre (widely known as WHO?). Having worked together on two seasons for the ABC channel there is clear familiarity between the three with much eye-rolling and banter which, I think, work well.
The show’s premise is all about simplicity and back to basics; you can learn all the techniques you want or create a five course menu but The Taste is all about ONE SPOONFUL OF FOOD. So, it’s a shame that the show itself seems a little confusing. Don’t let that put you off. Episode one in summary:
- 25 contestants
- professional or home cooks
- one hour to create your food
- judges taste with their backs to a glass wall
- contestant can hear the comments then enter the room
- feedback and verdicts given
- if more than one judge says yes, contestant chooses which mentor to follow
- each judge is looking for four contestants
- successful contestants are given an apron