The Taste 2014 may not have the fast-paced action of Top Chef, or the fun-filled cursing and ranting of Gordon Ramsey on Hell’s Kitchen, but for a cooking reality TV competition, it has a certain unique appeal. With it’s The Voice-style blind auditions, The Taste season 2 gives a level playing field to chefs of all backgrounds, including amateur cooks. While the show has not brought in tremendous ratings for host network ABC yet, we do think it is worth watching the premiere tonight if you haven’t tuned in before, just to see if The Taste is to your liking.
The Taste season 2 premieres on ABC tonight at 8PM ET with returning judges Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. New judge/mentor Marcus Samuelsson, who won the James Beard Foundation award for food writing last year, will also be joining the panel this year. We’re excited about Marcus coming on board. He was a big fan favorite on Top Chef Masters in 2010 and on The Next Iron Chef in 2011. Marcus is also a frequent judge on Chopped and the winner of the Chopped All Stars: Judges Remix competition.
Chef and mentor Ludo Lefebre told TVGuide.com that The Taste is really “almost like two competitions in one show,” because each of the judge/mentors want to win the competition as much as the contestants do. He also said everyone better watch out for Marcus, because he knows his stuff. “He knows what’s good,” Ludo said. “He has a lot of good experience and has proved to all the world that he’s a great chef.”
Tune in for the two-hour The Taste 2014 premiere on ABC at 8 PM ET.