Channel 4 has announced The Taste, a ten part series based on the hit US format, will see TV cook and bestselling author Nigella Lawson and her fellow mentors American chef Anthony Bourdain and French chef Ludo Lefebvre battle it out to find the The Taste’s first British winner. The show airs in January.
Each week, a collision of fiery cookery challenges, blind-taste eliminations and simmering egos are cooked up as twelve contestants battle it out to please the palates of the professionals. 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.
Each mentor guides four contestants, who face weekly group and individual challenges before the final elimination. With the added jeopardy of the blind tasting, Nigella, Anthony or Ludo could easily send home a member of their own team if their dish doesn’t deliver a taste sensation.
World-class guest chefs including the likes of 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.
Channel 4 has also secured the rights to air the U.S. version of the show.