Doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting forever for Anthony Bourdain’s new cooking competition, The Taste, to hit the airwaves? Finally, it begins January 22 with a 2-hour premiere on ABC at 8 p.m. I think it runs for 8 weeks.
Bourdain was an executive producer, as well as one of the judges.
One twist to the usual format is that the judges get to sample only one bite and won’t know who cooked what, nor how they prepared it.
But the judges are also supposed to be coaching teams of contestants. I’m wondering how they can do that in any meaningful way without knowing what’s cooking.
On January 15, Tony dropped by Good Morning America to talk about the show.
Eater had an exclusive preview clip featuring our Tony characteristically swimming against the tide to save a nonprofessional cook and recruit her to his team.
Last week, Tony attended some publicity event for the show in Pasadena and an AARP blogger wrote about eating with him.
LA Weekly had an encounter with him at another press event in Burbank, and it sounded like Tony was in top form.
Here’s the official ABC beta site with some video clips.
I gave up cooking competitions some time ago when I had all I could stand of Padma on Top Chef, but I’ll be tuning in to The Taste to see if Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey really can resuscitate a tired old genre with a fresh slant. If anyone can do it, Tony can.
If you watch it, please come back and let’s compare notes.