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.
Each of the four culinary superstars and The Taste mentors – Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Samuelsson – 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 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 whom they could be eliminating.
Nigella Lawson’s versatility is evident from her collection of best-selling books, hit television shows, and innovative apps for iPad and iPhone. Lawson’s literary introduction began at The Sunday Times, where she held the position of Deputy Literary Editor. Soon after, Lawson became a freelance journalist, writing for a number of magazines and newspapers in both the United Kingdom and the United States, including the Evening Standard, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Times Magazine, Gourmet, and Bon Appétit. In addition, she frequently wrote a restaurant column in The Spectator and food columns in British Vogue and The New York Times.
In total, Lawson has written eight books, including Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Forever Summer, Nigellissima, and Nigella Christmas. Her newest book, Nigella Kitchen, shares the name of her hit television series on Food Network. Lawson continued to expand her culinary breadth across multiple mediums. She entered the digital marketplace by releasing a collection of apps for the iPad and iPhone, which include a number of recipes to simplify dinnertime and instill confidence while cooking. Lawson also has a line of cookware called Nigella Lawson’s Living Kitchen.
Born in London in 1960 to one of the most renowned politicians in Margaret Thatcher’s government, Nigel Lawson, Nigella graduated from Oxford University, where she went on to receive her masters in Medieval and Modern Languages. Currently, she resides in London with her children, Cosima and Bruno.
Renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain is acclaimed for his New York Times best seller, Kitchen Confidential (2000). The impetus for this book was his earlier piece in the New Yorker, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This”(1999), which revealed the inner workings of New York City restaurants. His other works of literature include fictional crime novels, Bone in the Throat (1995) and Gone Bamboo (1997), and more recently, Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking.
Born in New York City in 1956, Bourdain graduated from Vassar College. His passion for cooking was kindled in France, and has continued to grow while traveling abroad for his television series, unearthing the unique food of various regions. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, Bourdain held a number of prestigious positions at Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s, culminating in his current position as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. In addition, Bourdain is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including Emmy nominations for his television series, Food Writer of the Year by Bon Appétit, and he has been inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.