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The Taste 1/30.....ugh.....spoilt

Worldwide Diner Jan 30, 2014 06:47 PM

It's a vegetarian challenge. Jacquelyn says she's pretty much a vegetarian but she also eat a lot of meats too.....ugh! Someone shoot her! And then she walked out!

Lee accuses Marina of only masking dumplings. I thought Marina only made dumplings once...

Nigella has the worst palate. I wish she would do a blind tasting with Gordon Ramsay, and have Gordo rip her a new a-hole.

I really like Marina. To me she's really cooking out of the box.

  1. ennuisans Jan 30, 2014 07:09 PM

    Best episode ever! Not for the right reasons, but still.

    Well there was one great exchange between Shellie and Anthony:

    Shellie: Thank you Alice Waters!
    Anthony: WHO???

    Dana did pretty much what I had in mind for the first challenge, putting stuff on a mini pasta bed.

    22 Replies
    1. re: ennuisans
      rjbh20 Jan 30, 2014 07:50 PM

      Go easy on Jacqueline. She's a good lady. I suspect she just couldn't take having to deal with Nigella the Nincompoop any more.

      1. re: rjbh20
        debzville333 Jan 31, 2014 07:10 AM

        Through this entire season, she has been consistently bad. She may be a good lady, but she does not seem to have much education in the way of food and cooking methods. I am blown away she was around as long as she was.

        1. re: debzville333
          rjbh20 Jan 31, 2014 07:35 AM

          Fair enough, and I agree with some others that the long hair & general messiness in the kitchen isn't terribly appealing. But she potentially landed herself in major trouble if her bugout was as unplanned as it looked on the screen. These shows typically have major financial penalties incorporated into the contestant agreements for quitting without permission.

          1. re: rjbh20
            Firegoat Jan 31, 2014 07:45 AM

            She has a twitter account but says absolutely nothing about the walk off. Makes you wonder if she hasn't been hit with some penalties.

            1. re: Firegoat
              debzville333 Jan 31, 2014 09:43 AM

              Yeah, I wonder about that too. Plus, there is more than likely a non-disclosure clause, so she probably cannot talk about the show until after the finale. Dang, why would she do that to herself?

              1. re: debzville333
                LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 10:25 AM

                She's a plant and not really an executive chef? Huh. Guess she is an EC. Doesn't bode well for her catering company that she walks off a "job" on The Taste:




                Interesting - on her own FB page, she wrote on Jan. 24th (and then reposted it on Jan. 29th):

                Thanks everyone for supporting - PLEASE take a moment on Twitter at @ElegantEatsLA and @teamjacquelyn and VOICE your opinions or send a link if too long and be sure to include @thetaste YES these bitches are talking MAD SHIT and NOT onE of them has even so much as tasted MY FOOD- that's reality for you so not only are these bitches scandalous, they're outright LIARS-- it's the PRODUCeRs who decide how an edit happens, when it appears and where throughout the shows they will insert it- if you are not happy with the bold lies being told on the show about the way my food tastes and exaggerated and degrading ethical flaws that make me appear to be incompetent and NOT a professional chef then please BACK ME UP on TWITTER and I will retweet to the reality TV News pages and we will set this scandal right- oh, and PS lookout for my Video Blog "VLOG the impaler" or "Deep Dish"- haven't decided yet love you all and thanks for all your support!!

                A "scandal"! Oooh! LOL

                1. re: LindaWhit
                  Firegoat Jan 31, 2014 10:28 AM

                  woo! I couldn't find that. Awesome. I thought it was weird the strange internet silence.

                  If you don't want to be portrayed as an incompent idiot bitch on the show, don't act like one. Pull your hair back, clean your station.... do something.

                  1. re: Firegoat
                    LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 10:37 AM

                    I was quite surprised you hadn't posted anything, Firegoat! You are very good at sussing stuff out before anyone else. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      girloftheworld Jan 31, 2014 05:24 PM

                      It is kind of odd that her postings seem kind of just like how she seemed on TV...

                      the she was slipped a mickyfin thing is kind weird....

                  2. re: LindaWhit
                    sakura33 Jan 31, 2014 03:17 PM

                    Her latest Yelp reviews/replies to them are kind of telling too (and they are from way before this show aired so I don't think they are fakes):


                    1. re: sakura33
                      DGresh Jan 31, 2014 03:29 PM


                      1. re: sakura33
                        LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 04:19 PM

                        Double wow! And her responses to negative ratings are almost exactly the same - a copy/paste from the first one disputing the "slander".

                        'Nuf said about her.

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          sakura33 Jan 31, 2014 04:36 PM

                          LOL now I can't stop- she posted this on her facebook page 5 hours ago:

                          Getting on with life... and don't believe ANYTHING you saw on last night's episode of The Taste... they knew, they had constant contact with the PA dealing with me while I was OD-ing on whatever they slipped into my food or drink, I think my water actually... this is a complete scandal and deserves a legal review!!!

                          I guess the producers DRUGGED HER guys!!!

                          1. re: sakura33
                            C. Hamster Jan 31, 2014 04:42 PM

                            The. Best. Show. Ever!

                            Better even than the Hoarder that wanted to sell old cicada husks on EBay

                            1. re: C. Hamster
                              breadchick Feb 6, 2014 08:25 PM

                              Okay, so I actually know that show you're mentioning.

                              Sad, sad, sad is my life!!!

                              Well, at least I don't have any cicadas in my kitchen... ick!

                            2. re: sakura33
                              LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 04:56 PM

                              WAIT! Now she's claiming she was ODing on her food and water that had drugs in them? OMG, she's right up there with the whackadoos, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo from Kitchen Nightmares. Who, BTW, now have their own Wikipedia page. :::eyerolling:::

                              1. re: sakura33
                                Firegoat Jan 31, 2014 06:31 PM

                                okay this one takes the cake!

                                1. re: sakura33
                                  RUK Jan 31, 2014 06:59 PM

                                  She is looped!! This is actually funny!

                                  1. re: RUK
                                    Firegoat Jan 31, 2014 07:13 PM

                                    I can't wait to see what, if anything, the media makes of this. Surely eater or braiser will have a field day with her

                              2. re: sakura33
                                DGresh Feb 1, 2014 03:42 PM

                                ya know cynic that I am, do you think the producers saw those reviews and thought, this is a possible train wreck to put on the show?

                                1. re: DGresh
                                  linguafood Feb 3, 2014 11:03 PM

                                  Quite possible. Her reviews are awful and she seems like a complete head case. And her food sucked.

                                  "Great" TV, tho.

                                  1. re: DGresh
                                    Withnail42 Feb 4, 2014 06:45 AM

                                    They search out train wrecks and those that do play well with others.

                  3. Firegoat Jan 30, 2014 09:07 PM

                    At least Jacquelyn put us out of our misery. I hated the interaction between Nigella and all of her team

                    1. LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 05:41 AM

                      Jacquelyn = a COMPLETE idiot for walking out. And she's touted as being an executive chef somewhere? Yeah, not after that bit she pulled.

                      Although I just wanted to tell Nigella to STFU and leave Jacquelyn alone. She wouldn't. stop. hounding. Jacquelyn. OMG, she (Nigella) was worse than a little kid!

                      But WTH was with Jacquelyn and her using the blade of a knife to open a can of whatever it was?

                      Not surprised that Anthony's lower-level cook was tossed. Her dish was bizarre, and she wouldn't defend herself. Glad that the food stylist finally did something.

                      And I think Marina is the dark horse. She taught Yotam Ottolenghi something? That's pretty impressive.

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                      1. re: LindaWhit
                        DGresh Jan 31, 2014 10:03 AM

                        oh, yeah, torturing her knife that way!

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          C. Hamster Jan 31, 2014 12:43 PM

                          And wasn't it Jacquelyn who snobbily declared that the sound of thatoneguy's knife on his cutting board was the sound of a knife dulling?

                          And then she opens a can with hers?

                          1. re: C. Hamster
                            LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 12:50 PM

                            Quelle ironie!

                            1. re: C. Hamster
                              rjbh20 Jan 31, 2014 01:10 PM

                              If you've got 20 seconds left and its not your knife, you use it. Particularly since the can openers are in the pantry in the back of the set.

                              1. re: rjbh20
                                Worldwide Diner Jan 31, 2014 07:20 PM

                                I think she did it in purpose though, to show she can open cans with a knife...she's a moron in my book.

                                1. re: Worldwide Diner
                                  rjbh20 Jan 31, 2014 08:02 PM

                                  She got the idea from.Bobby Flay who did it on Iron Chef.

                                  1. re: rjbh20
                                    girloftheworld Feb 1, 2014 08:09 AM

                                    more likely from Survior.

                          2. Firegoat Jan 31, 2014 05:57 AM

                            I am amused they had a vegetarian challenge after the vegetarian and the healthy eating blogger were long gone. Although a part of me wishes they had been there for it and then landed in the bottom....
                            I thought the weird platter of plastic turkey legs in the beginning was just creepy. Much like the chicken legs last week no one was eating them, just holding them up.

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                            1. re: Firegoat
                              LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 07:39 AM

                              Yeah, THAT was pretty poor food styling. :-)

                            2. RUK Jan 31, 2014 06:12 AM

                              Nigella seems to pick her contestants poorly, perhaps her palate is simply not that great. Jacquelyn was hard to watch, I can't imagine ever cooking with that long "hair" flowing about, one would expect to find long strands of red in those tasting spoons. And as mentioned, a knife to open that can ( Coconut milk added at the end?), isn't there at least a can opener to be found.
                              Surely the lady had her shortcomings, but having Nigella micro-managing like that would have driven me buggy!! How about teaching and then stepping back a bit?

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                              1. re: RUK
                                debzville333 Jan 31, 2014 07:15 AM

                                My husband and I were discussing Nigella last night with the very same thought as you. Perhaps her palate is blown? Or, my thought, I think she is under so much stress right now in her personal life, her head just wasn't in the game this season. If the show has a third season, I wonder if she will step down as a judge. I am not certain how much she has invested in the show, but I know she and Tony are co-Execs.

                                1. re: debzville333
                                  ennuisans Jan 31, 2014 07:38 AM

                                  Maybe Nigella is looking for home-cooked tastes in the auditions while the chefs are looking for more cheffy skills.

                                  I'm not sure how that would work out in practice but she might just think that amateurs would be more receptive to her coaching than professionals (although she might not think that anymore, if she ever did).

                                  1. re: debzville333
                                    Njchicaa Feb 4, 2014 04:51 AM

                                    The season was filmed just as she either filed or was granted a divorce after the whole public choking thing.

                                  2. re: RUK
                                    cresyd Feb 1, 2014 03:20 PM

                                    I've been watching the US and UK versions of The Taste at the same time (mentor/judges for UK are Anthony, Nigella, and Ludo) - and what Nigella judges as good food clearly does not match with "good team member". The biggest difference with the UK show, is that NIgella is *the* mentor everyone wants. They don't know Ludo at all, they barely know Anthony - so in a "multiple judges chose you" situation - she's sitting in a power seat. And her team is still weak!

                                    In another fun twist, Yotam was on the UK version's episode this week too and the challenge was spices, which I think was a bit more interesting to watch than "vegetables".

                                    1. re: cresyd
                                      Worldwide Diner Feb 1, 2014 03:23 PM

                                      How are you watching the UK version?

                                      1. re: Worldwide Diner
                                        cresyd Feb 1, 2014 03:29 PM

                                        Naughty ways…….

                                        1. re: Worldwide Diner
                                          cresyd Feb 1, 2014 03:31 PM

                                          I have to say, the best part of the The Taste UK is that it's like 45-60min. The US version has just become too long. In this version, Anthony is still doing his whole "I know world food" thing that he emphasized from season 1 and Ludo is a lot more reserved. Also, apparently Ludo's team really struggles with his French accent, and that's played up for humor in a way I find a bit amusing.

                                    2. melpy Jan 31, 2014 08:10 AM

                                      The good: Chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his mentoring prowess. I really loved the way he approached this and his helpfulness shined through. I am a new YO convert and I was giddy when they announced his name.

                                      Jacquelyn leaving. She really was bizarre/miserable to watch. I am shocked that she didn't even stay to hear the verdict. I would love to know more back story.

                                      Shellie's props to Alice Waters.

                                      The humbling of Jeff.

                                      Marina's alternative techniques.

                                      The bad: AB using pasta as his backdrop for the team challenge. Too pedestrian and even he realized it halfway through the challenge. He would have been better off with a more open ended, veg paired with grain.

                                      Jacquelyn's kitchen skills.

                                      Brad still being there.

                                      Dana's whining and just not being quite good enough.

                                      The difficulty the judges had figuring out what the various main ingredients were. I can't believe spaghetti squash was so very difficult. I don't think she would have ended up in the bottom if they had.

                                      Brad's ignorance about ratatouille.

                                      Lee's digs at Marina (dumplings).

                                      The turkey legs.

                                      Nigella's team's plating.

                                      The fact that two gold star dishes featured beets.

                                      The fact that I don't get to taste the food or work with YO.

                                      6 Replies
                                      1. re: melpy
                                        LindaWhit Jan 31, 2014 08:28 AM

                                        Perfect, melpy. You hit on all of the high AND low points of last night's show. :D

                                        I had forgotten about Brad calling the ratatouille Italian. Doh!

                                        1. re: melpy
                                          Worldwide Diner Jan 31, 2014 08:40 AM

                                          Jacquelyn opened some kind of bottle before she disappeared. I can hear the cap pop but they didn't show what she opened. I'm guessing she took a beer fo the road.

                                          Why don't judges look at the food more closely before putting it in their mouth. I'm shocked that when they can see and taste the food, they still have so many problems identifying the food. The squash looks nothing like real spaghetti!

                                          1. re: Worldwide Diner
                                            rjbh20 Jan 31, 2014 09:09 AM

                                            IIRC, it seemed that the beer was very conveniently placed on an otherwise cleaned-up workstation.

                                            1. re: Worldwide Diner
                                              melpy Jan 31, 2014 10:05 AM

                                              She said, "I'm going to get a paper towel", did that and grabbed what I though was a beer. I didn't see the station being clean though.

                                              1. re: melpy
                                                rjbh20 Jan 31, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                I went back and looked again. The beer was on an otherwise empty workstation behind the one she cooked on and she picked it up on the way out. But remember -- this is studio TV and things happen in the order the producers want them to happen.

                                                1. re: rjbh20
                                                  girloftheworld Jan 31, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                  Beer left by Jeff?

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                                            Worldwide Diner Jan 31, 2014 10:59 AM

                                            I have to say, the second season, without Ma LAR KEEEEY, is so much more enjoyable. Maybe they can ditch Nigella for the next season (I know she's an exec. producer, so fat chance).

                                            1. chefhound Feb 1, 2014 08:22 PM

                                              I don't know if Nigella is a bad mentor or not but she is certainly a bad judge of people. She picked all losers for her team.

                                              Some people just don't have that radar for detecting the loonies. Where I work, my bosses seem to generally hire duds. They get a good one once in a while through sheer luck. When they bring the newbies around, I mentally tag the bad ones, and it usually turns out that I am right. Nigella is like my bosses. She just can't smell the crazy.

                                              I do thank the gods of television that Jacqueline is gone. I don't care how and I don't care why. I'm just thankful that I don't have to see her anymore. I really couldn't watch her fake smile and smirks any longer.

                                              In an unrelated matter, was anyone else surprised that Sarah is married? I was sure she was a lesbian. I have no issues with it either way but her look is pretty androgynous and I assumed she was rocking the lesbian chic thing. Anyhow, I think she's a pretty good cook. I think I would have preferred Louise's beets to hers but I'm moderately sure she'll go far.

                                              I love Louise's idea of the yuzu kosho with beets. I think I'm going to try that tomorrow since I happen to have beets in the fridge.

                                              Final thought: why is Brad still around?

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                                              1. re: chefhound
                                                DGresh Feb 2, 2014 02:00 AM

                                                To be fair to Nigella, they just chose their team based on "a taste" so she could not have known how crazy her folks were. And yes, I too wonder why Brad is still around. Flying just above the bottom I guess.

                                                1. re: DGresh
                                                  LindaWhit Feb 2, 2014 06:57 AM

                                                  Unless he bangs out a great dish, I'm assuming he'll be going out next week. He's definitely the lowest cook on his team's totem pole.

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                                    Firegoat Feb 2, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                    Looks like Brad is no stranger to reality TV


                                                    See episode 17 and 18 for the questions and his answers

                                                  2. re: DGresh
                                                    cresyd Feb 6, 2014 04:59 AM

                                                    I think that Nigella's problem is that by appreciating home cooking - she puts herself at much higher risk of getting home cooks that are super set in their ways and not all that interested in learning new things.

                                                    My mom is an excellent home cook - but try to tell her a new way of doing something she's done for years, and beware the stank eye. (My mom also isn't looking to be on reality cooking competition.) I think that all the other judges are looking for "restaurant quality" which means techniques that imply someone was taught as an adult by someone at one point. Basically that they demonstrate skills that imply they'd be willing to learn and take direction.

                                                    1. re: cresyd
                                                      melpy Feb 6, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                      I also still agree that when several judges including Nigella pick a person, she inevitably doesn't get chosen by the contestant. Now that she is two years in a row been the first judge out, I'm wondering if subsequent seasons might affect her even more being the least favorite.

                                                      I'm wondering if they should make her the "host" and bring in a different female personality.

                                                      1. re: melpy
                                                        Firegoat Feb 6, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                        I would be very much on board with her being a host AND a judge. ... but not a mentor. She's just not going to get anyone good unless the producers stack it for her. I love Nigella, enjoy her cookbooks... but if Ludo and Nigella picked me I'd run to Ludo like a little squealing girl.

                                                        1. re: melpy
                                                          cresyd Feb 6, 2014 11:15 AM

                                                          I just watched an episode of Chopped Canada and I think that Susur Lee would make an excellent judge of a cooking competition. Not female - but still - I think he'd make an excellent personality.

                                                          1. re: cresyd
                                                            chefhound Feb 6, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                            Definitely. He's hard core. No excuses accepted.

                                                          2. re: melpy
                                                            rjbh20 Feb 6, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                            Not quite -- the guy from Tennessee on her team got chosen in the auditions by more than one judge & picked her. That said, if the show comes back for season 3, no one in his right mind would work for this arrogant, meddling non-chef if they had any other options.

                                                      2. re: chefhound
                                                        chicgail Feb 4, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                        That may be the downside of picking a team strictly on one taste.

                                                        That being said, one wonders what the producers had in mind letting so many wack-jobs slip through. They meet them in advance. I would presume that they also investigate them.

                                                        Perhaps they thought it would make "good television." ick.

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                                                          rjbh20 Feb 4, 2014 02:35 PM


                                                          1. re: chicgail
                                                            ennuisans Feb 4, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                            The production team no doubt stacks the deck to get lively characters onto the show. If there's two loons for every duck, yer gonna get some loons.

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                                                              linguafood Feb 4, 2014 03:28 PM


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