Did anybody watch "The Taste"--Anthony Bourdain/Nigella Lawson new show on ABC?
I DVRed it and watched last night. Don't usually like the shows on the Food Channel but I really enjoyed this. They have 4 chefs (Bourdain and Lawson plus one French guy well known on the LA scene and another guy who owns a chain of restos in San Diego). These four decide based on one spoonful prepared by an unseen contestant who they will choose for their teams--i.e., the Voice only with food. They see the contestant only after they've locked in their votes. Good concept and they show the contestants at home so you get a bit of a rooting interest for them. I rarely like reality TV, but this was really fun to watch. (I have no connection with the show--nobody is paying me for this, honest.)
I watched it because I like Nigella, but I can't say I was overly impressed. I know lots of people enjoy Top Chef, Next Food Network Star, and Chopped, but the appeal has usually been lost on me. With most competition shows, the finished product is something the audience can judge as well: a performance, a dress, etc. But there's really no way for the audience to evaluate a single bite of food.
I did like that the format did allow them to weed out the most obvious "personalities" like the New Jersey yenta and the douchebag making "food for awesomeness," and I really did like the deep-voiced, Asian lesbian who made it through, so I'll give it another go, but it seemed to be missing something.
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I love Tony, but this is the sellout he promised he'd never do.
I was thinking exactly what R2 said before I even got a chance to see this thread. Bourdain has become a total pussy since settling down.
I love Nigella Lawson but can't stand Bourdain, so I'm willing to miss it.
Nigella looks lovely these days...
Nigella lost a ton of weight but her skin remained tight. She's in her 50's right? She sure doesn't look it and it doesn't look like surgery either.
Nigella looks amazing. She shouldn't lose any more weight.
She has always looked good Rubenesque as opposed to skinny.
OOOH!! ANOTHER cooking competition! How novel!! If only they would do something like that with singers!!
Nigella could make me straight. That voice! That food! That body! That face!
Nigella talking about the show and food preparation/ presentation.
I'm not that familiar with Nigella. I liked her personality very much on the show. Just looked up her age (53) and photos. I would say she has had very good face work done--maybe a mid-face lift and/or fat injections. She looks outstanding for her age, but she did not have such luscious cheeks when she was young. I'm all for it though (had cheek implants when I was around her age--and people always say I look quite young for my age).
Some of the winners seemed predetermined,
r14: I agree. Just too coincidental that Bourdain gets 2 women who look like they'd be his type. And Nigella gets that young girl who is a Nigella nut (made that up--hey, she's a Nutella).
Oh, no, R14, no winner on any of these shows is ever redetermined!!!!!!!!!
The ringer bourdain bitch from Manhattan was intolerable.
I tuned in late but didn't Bourdain and Nigell pick their chefs? Would make sense they'd pick someone like them or who liked them.
I met Nigella at a book signing last year and she is definitely plumped and botoxed. She seems to have that same weird cheek thing going on that Madonna has. She is still incredibly gorgeous and *reeks* of wealth. She was very nice to me and I was thrilled to meet her.
Gossip from some of the others on line is that Ina and Rachel are PITA's and the book store staff were glad to see the back of them. They love Nigella though and she doesn't pitch a fit about having to use the public restroom like a normal person.
Didn't watch it, but I saw the commercials and felt oh so disappointed in Bourdain. Love his books, love his former and current shows on Travel Network, but this?
Of course Anthony Bourdain sold out though I'm sure he'd say he has not. Likes to spend a lot of money so this is an easy way to earn some. He looks like a whore so it's not too surprising.
I'd like that minute of my life back. Watching that youtube clip was painful.
Anthony has truly sold out. Liked him on his own Travel how, but he's become as Paula Dean as one can become. What's next from him? A restaurant in Vegas?
Funny that Malarkey stayed on Top Chef as long as he did because of his looks and personality.
Malarkey was on top chef??? Which season?
Season 3. Made top 4 but Hung won.
Bourdain is typical of aging douchebags: they shoot their mouths off when they're young about other people selling out, then do exactly the same thing once they've established their "maverick" status as a brand. He's not better than the people he mocks, though it can be argued he's worse--at least Sandra Lee isn't a hypocrite.
Because, R26, it always has to be about him. It just used to be "aren't these people in Borneo eating dog burgers lucky that I'm here eating with them" and now it's the programmed "you're an idiot, the worst chef ever" that you can see coming two miles away.
Was not impressed at all!
And for God's sake, stop with all the closeups of the judges' mouths when they taste the food.
Gross. I'm a lesbian who thinks Nigella is pretty, but I DON"T need to see constant zoom ins on her mouth when she is tasting the food.
It's not sexy. It's not appealing. It's just nauseating!
When I first tuned in, I seriously thought that deep-voiced Asian lesbian was a guy.....
until she said she was a female.
We're going to taste it LIVE! Who gives a fuck, we can't smell or taste it, so what's the point?
The judges also lick their fingers!
I mean, really?
Always found Brian Malarkey so damn cute. First Carla, then him... ABC is scooping them up (not NBC who owns Bravo?)
Maybe the competition will pick up once the teams start cooking. As is, it's like "Here is a spoonful of food. See?" Even "Top Chef" lets us see what got them there, mishaps, etc.
I won't watch again because of Ludo. French accents sound so fake and annoying to me.
[quote]French accents sound so fake and annoying to me.
My God, DL is getting stupider every day.
I didn't even know about this show and Anthony Bourdain being on it until I saw this thread.
I watched the first show (not entirely) and can't believe Anthony Bourdain sold out. Such a hypocrite. He's become the very thing he hated. Why would he throw away his outsider, renegade rep for this Top Chef-knockoff?
This show has MASSIVE FAIL written all over it.
The second episode seemed blatantly rigged.
After one episode, you'd have to pay me to watch this. It's so stupid and boring.
I don't think I wil watch the actual competition portion of the show, but I was mildly amused at the quick-edited smackdown of the three vegan chefs, particularly the raw food woman.
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same r43. I tuned in after reading this hoping to see Bourdain and could not continue watching. Network shows are unwatchable. I'd rather watch Chopped.
Has this shitty show been cancelled yet?
[quote]Gossip from some of the others on line is that Ina and Rachel are PITA's and the book store staff were glad to see the back of them. They love Nigella though and she doesn't pitch a fit about having to use the public restroom like a normal person.
In fairness, I was thinking of the patrons who would have to follow me when I said I'd prefer not to use the public washroom.
I can't believe he's going be Malarkey now instead of Brian. What a poser douchebag. When I first saw his name plate I thought everyone was going by their last names. But then I saw that Anthony Bourdain's name plate said Anthony. If anyone could go by last name, it would have been Bourdain.
And when did he turn gay? He wasn't like this on Top Chef. Now he's all bleached and highlighted and botoxed.
The Asian bitch contestant is an obvious plant to stir shit up and create drama. She was a contestant on Chopped.
MFM is not the same thing as MMF.
It needs more HEROIN!
This shitfest can't even beat Betty White in the ratings.
What's with all these cheesy, unimaginative names for talk shows now?
What lame names.
The Chew is a downright disgusting and stupid name.
And, in street clothes, Simon just doesn't look as sexy.
You forgot The Voice
Anthony Bourdain is just like Howard Stern. Slam others for selling out, drop the first wife, marry someone younger and turn into exactly what they used to hate.
FYI R57 Stern was dropped by the first wife.
58 I know that but he has really sold out. When he hooked up with Beth he became so pc it's boring.
What's the hold up? Cancel this crap already!
ABC is just hesitant to do it because of Bourdain and Lawson.
Hell, I believe if you served Malarkey a spoonful of soft shit, he'd eat it and then lick off what ever got on his fingers.
The man is just repulsive!