HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >


The Taste 1/2/14

aka the spoon show...

Anyone going to watch?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. I'll give it shot. Once. If it doesn't deliver I'm gone.

        1. should be renamed tasteless

          1. I watched it. I like Marcus Samuelsson being on the show.

            I still dislike the HUGE "single bites" that some contestants have made. It doesn't look good at all watching the judges have to open wide to fit the entire spoon and food in their mouths.

            I'll be interested to see how things go now that the teams are formed.

            8 Replies
              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                Well he has to fill Malarky's shoes... I guess fill his bad clothing choices as well.

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  I honestly wasn't paying attention to his clothes. I love his smile, so my concentration was on that. :-)

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I share your view of the enormous "bites" on a single spoon. Not only is it unattractive to see the maws gaping open, its contrary to the idea of the show, where it's supposed to be "all about the taste" of one dish, not miniaturizing an entire plate of food and garnishes to spoon size.

                    But that's what they seem to go for.

                    1. re: rjbh20

                      The thing is, rjbh, the spoon size can be one thing, but they didn't need to be FILLED to the brim, as some of them were. I wish a few some of the contestants had downsized the actual taste so it was manageable within the mouth. I actually liked those tastes that were served on plates or in small ramekins where the judges could pick up the item they were to eat and eat them in a few bites.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Totally agree. Don't see how piling up a whole dinner plate on a spoon that has to be mushed into the mouth is "all about the taste", but look who got picked.

                        The same concept would work better it it was a plated dish. Wouldn't be any harder to do in an hour (actually it's easier) and would be a better representation of talent.

                    2. re: LindaWhit

                      Agree on Marcus and in the huge bites.

                    3. This is that new show "for people who like" the Cooking Channel with all the FN "stars"? No, I think that's "The Kitchen".

                      The "spoon show"? I don't understand!

                      But I like to watch M. Samuelson.

                      What time???

                      NVM; found it...watching auditions....I remember this...but without Samuelson..Yes,chef!...Don't let me down Marcus.



                      How is it fair that many teams are full before some have a chance?

                      What does it mean thatLudo got so far without filling his team? What are his options as he dismisses folk? Does he know whats left?

                      6 Replies
                      1. re: Shrinkrap

                        Remember -- its studio television and heavily edited. The order of the contestants you saw on the show bears no resemblance to the order in which they actually cooked and presented.

                        And if there's only one spot left and more than one contestant, they don't pick the last one until all remaining contestants have presented.

                        1. re: rjbh20

                          Well yes, but the judges said "my team is full" to several contestants before they seemed to have had an opportunity to be selected. Are you saying all the food was presented before any contestants were chosen? The punching of the buttons happens unrelated to the tasting of the food?

                          I'm confused.

                          1. re: Shrinkrap

                            The contestants are chosen in real time. How it's cut together for the air is totally different. So even though everyone's team but Ludo's was full and he still had slots to fill, he could have chosen his "last" person much earlier. Notice that he didn't say to her directly that she was his final pick.

                            That's the magic of television,

                            BTW -- the under-the-table shots of the hands hovering over the buttons can easily be stock footage totally unrelated to the contestant in question. Think about it -- how do you know?

                            1. re: rjbh20

                              I get all that, but I am trying to understand if the last folks might have no chance of being selected (for example if everyone picks the first five people they see), and if so, how do they decide who goes last?

                              1. re: Shrinkrap

                                If, for example, the first 15 people who present are picked, the sixteenth and last isn't picked until the remaining 15 have presented.

                      2. I only recognized one professional contestant this year (Sevan, who has been on Chopped and Cutthroat before) and didn't mind seeing him go.

                        I'm glad Ludo picked his last pick, the woman who served them broccoli stems, because she seems like she'll be fun.

                        4 Replies
                        1. re: ennuisans

                          Sevan seemed like a complete dick.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Was he the dude with the rainbow Mohawk?

                            1. re: rjbh20

                              I don't recall the rainbow mohawk, but I believe this is him.


                              I just remember him being cocky out the wazoo.

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                Different dude and stupidly arrogant -- particularly for tuna tartare

                                I thought I saw the Mohawk guy on some other reality show once. Had a straw cowboy hat with a cutout on top for the hairdo. Seemed like a nice enough guy, fashion pretense notwithstanding.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            ROFL! I can hear the tone, chicgail. :-D

                          2. One of the big changes I noticed from last year was that the servers who brought the food to the judges changed. Last year it was women in very tight, skimpy outfits. This year it was both men and women and more professionally dressed. It was a lot less distracting.

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: Firegoat

                              They also had "friends and family" for everyone in what the ice skating world refers to as the "kiss & cry" zone after the verdict was rendered.

                              Too bad they got rid of the Tasty Girls though...

                            2. The other change I noticed this year, is that in addition to providing the 4 tasting plates, they had to do one composed plate. I don't remember them doing that last year, but maybe they did.
                              I liked that the auditions went pretty quickly without spending a lot of time on people and their back stories that didn't get selected. For the most part this seemed like a pretty positive show so far. I was pretty much over this last year, but I'm wiling to see what changes they have made and give it a second chance because
                              a) they have made some changes already that are obvious
                              b) Nigella, I just want that woman to catch a break right now
                              c) Hell's kitchen and kitchen nightmares aren't on. I have to watch food porn somewhere.

                              1. I do like Marcus Samuelsson, but I thought the show was a bit boring. I do like that they are also plating the food.

                                1. at least this year the teams are a bit more mixed up... Anthony is not alllllll pretty women...Nigella is not alllllll home cooks...

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                    Did you see anthony's face light up when the feisty I think Venezuelan woman in the red dress came out? She ended up on Nigella's team, thankfully.

                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                      blind tasting does have the advantage in making it allllll about the food.

                                      Though I was a bit embarresed fo nigella trying to "woo" the gay guy.

                                  2. I watched season one but I was turned off by the judges saying they liked some food yet sending the contestant home. Very confusing and I was not happy with the winner. Greg Druzinsky should have won. Also all his competitors said he was cocky but really the final two were.

                                    1. Needless to say, my early favorite is the attractive 27 year old former executive chef. At least let him stick around for a while for eye candy value. I have at least 4 picked out as fake/dummy/plant types that are just there for drama or craziness over the topness personalities.

                                      5 Replies
                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                        How could there possibly be any fake/dummy/ plant types? It's all about the taste! And the judges had no idea who they were picking so everyone is there on sheer merit.

                                        1. re: rjbh20

                                          At least one of these guys has been on other cooking shows it says upthread. He was the brash jackass who made a cold spoonful of stuff. I'm sure he got on solely on ass potential

                                          1. re: sal_acid

                                            Sort of like the dingbat in the tutu from season 1.

                                            1. re: sal_acid

                                              You mean Sevan? They all canned him.

                                              I'm also certain that the producers seeded the contestants with a fair number of "personalities" to liven up the show, at least as far as the auditions (as does American Idol) but there's no reason to think they get past the panel if their food is bad.

                                              Sevan's apparently a talented chef and I'm sure the producers would have loved to have him on, but apparently his bite sucked.

                                            2. re: rjbh20

                                              I hope the loud creepily laughing crazy woman leaves soon.

                                          2. Looks like ratings for the premiere were down from last year.


                                            1. The UK version started last night. Normally I'll watch any food show going. Think I'll have a pressing appointment organising the shed next week.

                                              4 Replies
                                              1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                Interesting in that it's Lawson, Bourdain and Lefebvre; I would have expected British chefs doing the judging.

                                                1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                  I started to watch and was about to give up at the first advert break. Mrs H suggested we give it a bit longer. So we gave up at the second advert break

                                                  I have absolutely no need to waste more of my time on this absolute tosh. The concept is bad enough; the presentation is worse and why on earth they have to import two judges from a different continent just beats me.

                                                  By the by, I had a tooth extracted this afternoon. It was more pleasurable than watching The Taste. This progamme has no merit at all, to my mind.

                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                    Episode 2 was actually quite comedic. We'll watch because we have no food show right now and you get to see lots if different dishes.

                                                    Seems like there are at least a few worthwhile contestants.

                                                    The bad are like train wrecks and I can't turn away.

                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                      That Reina woman who kept saying Nigella is threatened by her must be nuts. Didn't Nigella have the worst team in the last season? Sure looks like she's heading for an early exit this season.

                                                      I think the food truck lady on Anthony's team has smoked too much pot. She forgot to cook the rice for a rice dish?

                                                      The healthy biggest loser with her legion of fans just needs to shut up. The other biggest loser couldn't shut up and I'm glad he and his issues are gone.

                                                2. It's back?
                                                  How's Nigella look?

                                                  1 Reply