I’ve mentioned that The BCPF and I do Tart & Tangy Triad, a food/news/views podcast. It’s part of The Less Desirables Network. But something else we do is watch a good bit of food TV. We’re also huge fans of Anthony Bourdain.
Last TV season there was a show called The Taste. It starred, Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson. All are big names in food; all chefs and well known in their own right. The premise is this, there’s a blind tasting of about 20+ chefs, both professional and home cooks, who vie for a space on each of the celeb chef mentors’ team. Only four on a team will be picked. Once the teams are picked, they compete for the season championship.
First up, after the auditions, there is a theme challenge. The team leaders (the celebs) have to convince/teach their team members the best way to prepare what they think will be the most impressive style of dish (such as mac ‘n’ cheese, ragú, omelets, etc.) that will impress a guest/judge, also a celebrity chef, the most. The team members compete with each other for a chance to represent the team in this dish, as only one person’s dish gets judged for the whole team. The celeb judge then picks his/her favorite and his/her least favorite dishes. The favorite gets that celeb judge’s mentoring for the rest of the episode; more about that later. The least favorite designation means that the team leader must pick one member of their team to go home, immediately. Never a fun moment there.
So once the booting happens, the remaining teams adjourn, except the winning team. The guest celeb then gives mentoring advice to the team members. This will help them in the next phase. The next phase is when all the contestants that are still in the game must cook their own individual dishes. Then the team leaders become judges once again, doing blind taste testings. They judge on “stars” and award gold ones to their favorite dishes and red ones for their least favorite. Whomever has the most reds is “voted” off. And because they judges don’t know who is making what (it’s only on the merits of the dishes, not favorite chefs), sometimes they contribute to their own team members being cast off. It’s fun!
Part of the fun for The BCPF and I is that we live tweet with other fans of the show and the chefs themselves. Because Bourdain is constantly out doing tapings for his TV shows, he’s not usually tweeting, but he does sometimes. I have had Chef Ludo, Chef Nigella and Chef Marcus respond to me often. Chef Ludo even follows me on Twitter. It’s an honor. He talks to me the most. Eugene hates it, a) because he hates everything, b) because it’s reality TV, c) because he hates any food that isn’t just overcooked animal flesh on a bun, d) we light his Twitter notifications on fire, e)because he hates everything, did I say that already? He mutes us when the show is on.
Now, this past February, Eugene, who is the TV Guru for The Less Desirables, gave notification that ABC had cut The Taste and it was over. Well, something happened, even though we don’t really know what it was, we’re happy: the show was renewed and it started Season 3 last night. Eug was a bit flustered. “You heard me announce that it was cancelled earlier this year!” He’s right. Again, Eug muted us on Twitter, we chatted with people that we met last year (on Twitter), talked to the celeb chefs and some of the contestants. It was great! We had a ball. It’s tough work, actually, watching a 2 hour show while watching thousands of other viewers’ comments so we can make a social media impact. We get followers this way. Good, clean fun talking about what we like: food.
We will still take shots and send comments to Ludo, Nigella and Marcus while still baiting Anthony to respond to a tweet we leave. Maybe one day he’ll respond. We’ll see. The Taste airs 8-10p ET on Thursdays. We think it’s interesting, we hope you do, too. Tweet with us #TheTaste if you watch.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?'” – Anthony Bourdain