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The Taste is coming back -- minus Malarkey

Firegoat Jun 28, 2013 06:19 AM

I know it was announced that they renewed "The Taste" a while back. Nigella and Bourdain were in because they were producers I think. Looks like there will be no more Malarkey going on.


  1. inaplasticcup Jun 28, 2013 06:25 AM

    I would distance myself from that hot mess, too.

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    1. re: inaplasticcup
      Worldwide Diner Jun 28, 2013 08:16 PM

      Malarkey got the boot.

      1. re: Worldwide Diner
        inaplasticcup Jun 29, 2013 06:08 AM

        It's funny you should point that out because I considered for a moment coming back and saying something to the effect of Malarkey being a great contributor to the hotness (and not in a good way) of that mess. :P

        With or without him, I think the show is a mess. Much as I love much of Bourdain's work, being a team player does not appear to be his forte.

        And the concept and editing remind me of some awful and campy foreign variety/game show.

        1. re: inaplasticcup
          Beach Chick Jun 29, 2013 06:12 AM

          Concur but nobody gives up TV $$$..especially, if they have a $100k monthly lease payment..how does that even pencil out?

          1. re: Beach Chick
            inaplasticcup Jun 30, 2013 12:11 AM

            Yeah. I think WorldWide Diner corrected my assumption that he walked from the show. I have to say, he was generally painful to watch in a show that was also generally painful to watch.

            1. re: inaplasticcup
              cresyd Jun 30, 2013 12:32 AM

              The show was a complete mess, but if you're commited to saving it and are committed to Bourdain and Lawson, then out of Malarkey or Ludo - Malarkey was both weaker and a bit to similar in style to Ludo.

              1. re: cresyd
                inaplasticcup Jun 30, 2013 05:14 AM

                Agreed that between Malarkey and Lefebvre, the latter should stay.

                But I personally think this show stunk from conception. :P

                1. re: inaplasticcup
                  cresyd Jun 30, 2013 05:29 AM

                  I was open to the concept - but it did not work out. And any retooling of the judges that allows Bourdain to keep his judges chair isn't going far enough. Lefebvre and Lawson worked well with one another, and made for decent enough TV.

                  At best Bourdain came off as bored.

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      wincountrygirl Jun 28, 2013 06:41 AM

      That was such a stupid show. I can't believe it's coming back.

      1. p
        pine time Jun 28, 2013 06:46 AM

        I liked the concept of the blind tastings, but the execution of that idea was clunky, at best.

        1. chicgail Jun 28, 2013 08:27 AM

          I'd say that show couldn't possibly distance itself from all the malarkey.
          Oh, you mean Chef Brian Malarkey.
          Never mind.

          1. ennuisans Jun 28, 2013 09:02 PM

            This show needs Danushka.

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            1. re: ennuisans
              chicgail Jun 29, 2013 01:38 AM

              No one needs Danushka.

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              rasputina Jun 30, 2013 06:21 AM

              No loss I find him completely annoying and juvenile.

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              1. re: rasputina
                ChefJune Jul 11, 2013 11:33 AM

                more interesting than Bourdain, imho.

              2. Kris in Beijing Jul 13, 2013 01:32 PM

                I often tell students, it was "an excellent rough draft."

                How many times did they chop [um-- what term did they really use?] a contestant and simultaneously say
                "that was the best..."
                "this was a great concept..."
                "I'm not sure why I'm letting you go..."

                I think Bourdain was too cavalier, Nigella was usually sincere about taste, and L/M were looking for elements beyond taste--plating [or how it looked On A Spoon], use of "top" ingredients,
                or what skills the spoon implied that the chef had.

                I hope that there is tighter ... scripting?... this season. The first season looked a lot like a "Hey, this is a great idea, let's film tomorrow!" mashed up with the hubris of successful chefs and popular TV hosts.

                As my father likes to quote, "I was desperate; I didn't think it through."

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                1. re: Kris in Beijing
                  cresyd Jul 14, 2013 11:26 AM

                  The audition sessions were absolutely dreadful and was where the blind tasting was the worst. Because the judges were basically left with only 2 options - no, I don't want you (whether the food was gross or just average) or please be on my tiny team of 4. But that no answer had to cover "ew yuck", "good but not great", "not my style of food", etc.

                  I think it would have been better for the filmed "audition" phase to be two steps. First step "no, you're out" or "good enough to move on". Then have a second stage where there's a difficulty increase or some sort. Basically anything so that there's not just two episodes of that audition repetition.

                  1. re: cresyd
                    Kris in Beijing Jul 26, 2013 10:00 PM

                    Or have them make 2 sets of the same spoon. So the judges could winnow, as you suggested, and then in the 2nd sweep taste again and choose. And YES teams need to be much larger in the beginning. With the loss of a judge, dare I say a Dozen in the first round? They could have double elimination the first two competitions- then they'd be down to 10 and quickly down to a manageable 8. Or even a SuperCut where they went from 12 to 8.

                2. Atomic76 Jul 28, 2013 05:41 AM

                  I couldn't really get into this show, the judges were all bitchy and mean most of the time - especially the french guy. I understand the producers want to ham it up with the drama, but the show just seemed to have a negative tone to it.

                  1. Firegoat Sep 10, 2013 12:48 AM

                    Turns out Malarkey actually was fired.

                    Wonder who the new chef will be?

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                    1. re: Firegoat
                      cresyd Sep 10, 2013 05:52 AM

                      Given that Lawson and Bourdain are executive producers - if they wanted to fire a judge they were left with Ludo and Malarkey. Ludo was the only semi-good thing about the show, so that left Malarkey.

                      Bourdain was far and away the worst judge. He looked like he was perpetually in the midst of a quaalude haze.

                      1. re: cresyd
                        Worldwide Diner Sep 10, 2013 06:21 AM

                        Malarkey wasn't a showboating loudmouth on Top Chef (iirc) so I think his actions on The Taste feels contrived. And I had no doubt that he was fired since he's too much of a media-ho to quit a prime-time show.

                      2. re: Firegoat
                        LindaWhit Sep 10, 2013 10:37 AM

                        I'm curious as to why he's flattered as to who his replacement is.

                        "The Taste wanted to get a bigger-name chef. I just found out who it is and I’m flattered who it is… I respect him immensely."

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          ennuisans Sep 11, 2013 05:25 AM

                          Well now we know: it's Marcus.


                          I can understand him respecting his replacement, but I don't understand how this will add "firepower" to the show. Maybe by firepower he means someone who will attract ratings, where I think of it as meaning someone who will liven up the show. I like him fine on Chopped but for the Taste, I guess we'll see.

                          1. re: ennuisans
                            LindaWhit Sep 11, 2013 06:35 AM

                            Respecting Marcus is one thing. Malarkey being flattered that he's the replacement? That's what I don't get. Does Malarkey think he's on the same plane as Marcus Samuelsson?

                            1. re: LindaWhit
                              Worldwide Diner Sep 11, 2013 07:13 AM

                              I don't get Marlarkey's logic either. He has to assume that he is equal in stature with his replacement - which is just silly, but maybe he's just trying to spin it. In any case, they've just replaced one media-ho with another media-ho, albeit a more talented cooking-wise one.

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                        jarona Sep 10, 2013 04:34 PM

                        Quite honestly, I'm very surprised this show was renewed for a second season. Actually, I'm shocked. The show was absolutely horrific, with two exceptions. Ludo...and Jeanette Friedman, who was given the heave-ho during the first episode. (I met Jeanette during the call-backs during the first season--we had a blast. She made the cut, I made the last 100). Hopefully, they will have revamped the entire set, Bourdain will have gotten his bad self back instead of the wishy-washy personality he took up on last season!

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