A new TV series called The Taste, starring Nigella Lawson, makes its UK debut on Channel 4 this evening.
Based on the hit US format, the show will see the TV cook and bestselling author, alongside US chef Anthony Bourdain and French chef Ludo Lefebvre, battle it out to find the The Taste’s first British winner.
The series of 10 60-minute episodes, which starts tonight (Tuesday January 7) at 9pm, is billed as a culinary show that goes back to basics. The superstar mentors will each coach a team of four contestants, who face weekly group and individual challenges before the final elimination. But the pressure is on as they can only give the mentors one spoonful of their food – and every tasting is done blind, so the experts never know whose food they are eating.
World-class guest chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi, Richard Corrigan, Angela Hartnett and Fergus Henderson will set and judge the weekly immunity group challenge where each mentor must coach their team to cook up the most delicious dish. The spoon deemed the tastiest will secure that person’s place in the competition for another week.
The Taste was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Formats, Dominic Bird. He said: “I’m thrilled that Nigella is returning to Channel 4 alongside Anthony and Ludo. The Taste promises to be a hugely exciting and compelling competition with stellar talent and exceptional cooking at its heart.”
The Taste was originally commissioned by ABC in the US and Channel 4 has also secured the rights to air the US version of the cooking competition show.