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'The Taste' season 2 premiere: Cuisine is blindness

“It’s like I have an amputated arm squirting blood all over the place, and you’re saying ‘At least it’s not cancer!'” –Anthony Bourdain after a fellow judge gently pointed out that a vegan cupcake had tasted dry

First of all, I still can’t get over how Anthony Bourdain turned out to be the perfect Evil Tom Bergeron and no one in Hollywood had to script/cast that. It just happened! Too funny.

For season 2 of The Taste, Bourdain is joined by Nigella “Seduce Me Orally” Lawson, the Sriracha-tempered Ludo Lefebvre, and — new to the table, replacing Brian Malarkey — Ethiopian-born Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson. Tonight’s two-hour premiere covered the entire audition process, thank God. (And wow!)

Fire up the huge spoons that make the judges look like kids eating cereal! The 16 finalists are…. READ FULL STORY

Anthony Bourdain on 'The Taste': 'In the end, I am proud to say that the best taste won'

It was fun. It was — compared to the hard beds, army cots, boat decks, and mosquito netting of my last weeks — luxurious. It was, at times, unexpectedly gut-wrenching. It was, at times, strange as hell. And yes, goddamnit, that was a real tan.

My first foray into network television was indeed, a bizarre trip to the Other Side, where the necessary glare of a million lights and I don’t even know how many cameras, and layer after layer of sweat-absorbing makeup give an unnatural hue, an otherworldly glow, a Barbie-like patina to even the most honestly acquired New York beach tan. By the end of day, you look like Jack Nicholson’s Joker from the first Batman film. But I wouldn’t have missed it.

First off, let me say, if you are lucky enough to be friends with Nigella Lawson, you are very fortunate indeed. Waking up every day to have a car take you to studio where the sublime Ms. Lawson is padding about in fuzzy slippers and an Ethel Mertz robe, her hair in curlers, is one of life’s great joys. I don’t know what the female version of a mensch is, but that’s what Nigella is: always there with a band-aid, magically-prepared fresh-ground coffee, her own toaster, a multi-disc DVD anthology of film history for the down hours. She carries her own supply of French sea salt in a suspicious looking container in her purse. She is not averse to a shot of tequila with the boys, should the equally delightful Ludo be offering some in his trailer. She kicks ass at beer pong. She is exactly who she is on television — but better.

And Ludo, by the way, is much, much nicer than he appears on television. A softie, truth be told. But I’m sure he’d rather I kept that quiet.

I learned a lot this year on The Taste. READ FULL STORY

Nigella Lawson blogs 'The Taste': Even Bourdain's getting the touchie feelies

Nigella Lawson is a mentor and executive producer on ABC’s The Taste. She is the author of eight bestselling books including Nigella KitchenNigella FreshNigella Christmas, Nigella BitesFeastHow to Be a Domestic Goddess and How to Eat, which have sold more than six million copies worldwide. Her latest cookbook is Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes. Below, she shares her thoughts on the penultimate episode of The Taste and the team she’s mentoring.

While I graciously concede that the life of a contestant on The Taste must be pretty damn stressful, can I just point out that it isn’t such a joyride for a mentor, either. Though perhaps that isn’t the right way to put it: joy there is, for sure. And it has been, continues to be, one hell of a ride. But the tension, the sense of engagement and responsibility, is breathtaking in its force. Even a tough old nut (a term imbued here with affection and admiration ) like Anthony Bourdain has been afflicted with the touchie-feelies.

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