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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 2, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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  • Summary: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey mentor and judge dishes made by the 16 competitors through blind taste tests.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Food & Cooking
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Jan 18, 2013
    Mostly it is [like every other cooking competitions], but Bourdain is a Michelin-starred sound-bite machine, delivering his insults piping hot. [25 Jan/1 Feb 2013, p.110]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 22, 2013
    The Taste takes the "Voice" format--blind auditions producing "teams" of contestants chosen by four judges who double as mentors--and turns it into something better than the original, if your definition of a better reality contest includes more rational and less insulting to the intelligence.
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 22, 2013
    The judges seem well chosen. Unfortunately, The Taste kicks off with a bland and sluggish two-hour casting session.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 22, 2013
    While The Taste certainly works hard to foster a sense of excitement and tickle the palate, this appetizer feels like just the latest half-baked competition idea that doesn't deliver.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 22, 2013
    The Taste is like an endless retread of MasterChef by way of the multiple judge/mentor set-up of The Voice, only this time with blind tastings as the gimmick. Which isn't nearly as enjoyable as watching judges operate those revolving chairs. The judges are a mixed bag.
  6. Reviewed by: Liz Medendorp
    Jan 22, 2013
    The Taste is a confusing show with humorless banter that does not inspire the audience to become invested in the contestants. It's doubtful that viewers will be coming back for seconds.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Jan 4, 2014
    I really enjoyed the taste and its eccentric and humorous core. While it is not meant to be a serious food show I do think it is entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2013
    I never watch the first 1/3rd of any cooking competition show. It is almost always a mess. I did for this and it was no different BUT I absolutely loved the way it turned out after the first 3 episodes.

    I greatly dislike Bordain as a personality BUT he was great in this. I don't watch TV and haven't had cable for years but I always watch a few cooking competitions through out the year on HULU.

    I think it is worth a watch just to see the final and see Chef K's reaction to her idol. And it's great that Andres was on the show. Most of the time it's either someone already popular on TV or a M-Star winner. You can have really, REALLY great food and not have a star. Andres is a perfect example of that.

    I do dislike that the judging is based on personal taste. It undertones the reality of what actually tastes good.

    If you like cooking competitions, I suspect you'll like the final half o the first season ALOT. In addition, I'm very excited for second season which won't have Malarky (I actually thought he had great potential for TV). I'm curious who the new 4th judge/chef is???

    Overall I gave it a 9/10. The first couple of episodes were easily just a 5/10 but by the end you wanted to give the last two episodes a 15/10 and that to me puts it at a 9/10.
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    Boring, confusing, not terribly entertaining at all. I turned it off after 30 minutes without caring about the result. The chefs turned around a bunch of people they liked and the whole thing felt muddled. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2014
    One of the worst TV shows of all time!!! Anthony Bourdain, the arrogant one who thinks he knows best. Nigella Lawson, the drama queen who doesn't even know how to cook! Ludo Lefebvre, the childish creep who thinks he knows French food best, and Brian Malarkey, another childish creep who needs lots of growing up to do. Definitely a bad cooking show. Expand