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Debbie Halls-Evans has been crowned winner of The Taste.
After the judges revealed that it was her three dishes that had won them over in the final round, Halls-Evans said that she was "amazed" to have won.
Lefebvre, who mentored her, said: "To see her win today is pretty amazing. She made me very proud. She did it when it really mattered."
Halls-Evans added: "Ludo has taught me so many fundamental elements of cooking. He's a creative genius and a raving nutter - all elements I like.
"I can't thank him enough, he's done a sterling job with me."
Cafe chef Dixie Innes, 25, and professional chef Kelly Sealey, 32, were runners up on the show. »
According to figures from overnights.tv., nearly half of the 1.8 million first show viewers failed to return for the second programme of the 'culinary version of The Voice', the Mirror reported.
The hour-long culinary contest has garnered just over 850,000 viewers with some episodes drawing over 100,000 less people than the tally, due to which Lawson and co-judges Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre have not been signed up for a return.
However, a Channel 4 spokesperson has said that no decision. »
- Anita Agarwal
TV: Jonathan Creek
After a decade of occasional one-offs and Christmas specials, Alan Davies's magician/sleuth finally returned for a new Sherlock-style mini-series last month, beginning with a neat spin on that old favourite, the locked door mystery. Unfortunately, Creek disappears off into the shadows again after Friday's final episode, but anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms can catch the show's first four series over on Netflix.
BBC iPlayer, Netflix
TV: Veronica Mars
Another unorthodox crime-solver making an all-too-brief return this week is Kristen Bell's high-school private eye Veronica Mars, with a crowdfunded feature film receiving a limited UK run this Friday. For those unable to catch Mars on the big screen, meanwhile, Sky is releasing the film at the same time on demand over on its Sky Store service. »
- Gwilym Mumford
Going into the finale of "The Taste" Season 2, Ludo Lefebvre had three team members left -- Marina Chung, Jeff Kawakami and Louise Leonard -- to one cook on Anthony Bourdain's team, Lee Knoeppel. The other two chefs had no contestants remaining.
For the semifinal challenge, international chef Jacques Pépin was there to judge. Each chef prepared a "poor dish" and a "rich dish," which made for quite the contrasting ingredients. Pépin put through Marina, Louise and Lee, leaving Jeff eliminated before the finals.
The final challenge was a "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" challenge -- three mouthfuls, one each for each meal of the day. With Chef Pépin helping them in the kitchen!
Marina made English muffin with quail egg, a pork belly and oyster spring roll and short ribs with kale for her three stages. Louise chose a fried quail egg, fried oyster po' boy and steak with red wine sauce and mushrooms. »
It appears that Fox doesn't have a lock on the cooking competitions. Despite mediocre ratings, ABC renewed The Taste for a second season. Will the ratings improve or will the show be cancelled before it can see a third season? We'll have to wait and see.
The Taste is a culinary competition that pits professional and amateur cooks against one another in weekly challenges. The judges/mentors are Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson. Brian Malarkey, the winning coach from the first season, was replaced by Samuelsson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. »
Mixed reviews and Benefits Street controversy have hampered the Channel 4 series' fortunes – will viewers want more?
It had all the ingredients of a surefire TV hit – a format that has already proved popular in the Us, a cookery competition with a twist, and the country's most talked-about TV presenter, Nigella Lawson.
And yet viewers appeared not to have the stomach for Channel 4's The Taste, which debuted with 1.8 million viewers – a reasonable portion – in the new year, only for half of the audience to lose their appetite for Tuesday night's second episode, tumbling to just 1 million viewers, 4.2% of the TV audience.
Recorded before the acrimonious fraud trial of her two former assistants, in which she was forced to admit her use of cocaine and cannabis, Lawson's presence was expected to give the series a big ratings lift.
It ended up with fewer than half the viewers of »
- John Plunkett
The Taste, which sees Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Anthony Bourdain judging dishes based only on blind tasting a single spoonful, attracted a 4.2% audience share from 9pm, compared with last week's 1.8 million and 7.5% for last week's series opener.
Lawson's new Channel 4 series trailed in last in the 9pm hour ratings. BBC1's popular comedy crime drama Death in Paradise won the 9pm slot, returning for its third series with 7.1 million viewers and a 19.7% share.
- Rehema Figueiredo
Nigella Lawson is ''very close'' to her French co-star on cooking show 'The Taste'. The TV chef, who is divorced from art tycoon Charles Saatchi, hit it off with married hunk Ludo Lefebvre, 42, while filming the American version of her Channel 4 show last year. The tattooed chef told The Times newspaper: ''Oh Nigella! I feel I have known her for a long time. When I moved to America in 1996, she was on TV and she was so beautiful. ''We have become very, very close. We clicked right away. We are in touch all the time.'' The father-of-two, who has »
The 7.39 (BBC1) | iPlayer
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David Nicholls's The 7.39, a two-part drama about extramarital doings following a brief encounter on a commuter train, was stuck on rails in more ways than one. It said Waterloo on the front, and that's where it went. Surely a romance needs a few surprises? It started with some obligatory rudeness (regarding seat etiquette), proceeded with banter of a suspiciously polished kind, dithered coyly, engaged in some generic hotel lovemaking and concluded with wailing and gnashing of teeth all round. That was the express version anyway.
I don't know if it's because David Morrissey's smile seems less authentic than his scowl, but was I alone in finding his innocent passenger chat (as Carl, a »
- Phil Hogan
The Taste arrived tonight to brighten up our January - and bring back Nigella Lawson to do what she does best. Along with Anthony Bourdain and the fantastically named Ludo Lefebvre, she kicked off this year's cookery shows with the culinary version of The Voice.
But now we want to know what you thought. Did you like the blind, spoon-based taste tests, or were you left less than impressed? Will you be back for a second serving, or giving this particular dish a wide berth from now on? We want to know, so vote in our poll and leave your comments below!
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My Life Is In This Spoon!
Welcome to The Taste. A Us reality TV import, which brings together X Factor ridiculous silliness, Voice-style ridiculous seriousness, a healthy dollop of Nigella Lawson and just about gets away with it. Just.
The concept is simple. 25 cooks serve up one single spoonful of their best dish, the three judges pick four people for their team, the rest go home. Then the judges and their teams go head-to-head and you can probably figure out the rest, if you've watched a single reality TV show over the last 20 years.
Cooking on TV used to be very different. Playful daytime TV larks (Ready Steady Cook), cold, hard competitions (old Loyd Grossman's MasterChef) or niche Food Channel 463 snooze-telly (456 Beef Dishes from Somerset). These days, it's primetime entertainment and big business.
From Jamie and Gordon to Bake Off and the spruced-up MasterChef, cooking TV is now Dramatic »
Nigella Lawson almost choked on a spoon during the first episode of 'The Taste'. The TV cook and two other experts, Ludo Lefebvre and Anthony Bourdain, set out to find the UK's best chef with 'blind auditions', which sees them sample a spoonful of food from each contestant without knowing who cooked it or the ingredients used in the dish. However, the brunette beauty found herself in a spot of bother when she tried some truffle-glazed monkfish and the spoon cracked in her mouth, resulting in her having a coughing fit. Worried Ludo asks her: ''Oh my God. Did you crack the spoon? »
The 7.39: BBC One, 9pm
One Day writer David Nicholls' two-part romantic drama - starring Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman and David Morrissey - concludes, as Carl (Morrissey) and Sally (Smith) take their relationship to the next level, unbeknownst to his unwitting wife (Colman).
Stargazing Live: Back to Earth: BBC Two, 9pm
A treat for astronomy geeks, as Professor Brian Cox returns, accompanied by comic Dara Ó Briain and guests, to further explore the wonders of the solar system. In the first of a new three-part run, the team are on a mission to capture the Northern Lights on camera.
Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Anthony Bourdain are the judges for this hot new cooking contest, which also airs a Us version on ABC. Digital Spy already had a go, now you can check out the real deal. »
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League Cup Football: Sunderland v Manchester United
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While not quite matching last season's competition for wild unpredictability, this year's League Cup has thrown out a respectable share of shock results. Chief among those was surely Sunderland's victory over Chelsea in the quarter finals, a win which sets up this semi-final first leg tie against David Moyes's wobbly Manchester United. Further upset potential is offered up tomorrow night, as West Ham visit free-scoring Manchester City. Gwilym Mumford
- Gwilym Mumford, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Bim Adewunmi, Hannah Verdier
Since it's still all 'January' outside, what we want is some good comfort television. Maybe food-based. With a host like... say... Nigella Lawson. Luckily for us, The Taste starts on Channel 4 tomorrow night, and looks like it's right up our alley!
The Taste is very much The Voice of culinary shows, with Nigella, Ludo Lefebvre and Anthony Bourdain sampling a spoonful of food before making their big decisions. But if you fancy a bit of an introduction, check out the clip below...
“It’s like I have an amputated arm squirting blood all over the place, and you’re saying ‘At least it’s not cancer!’” –Anthony Bourdain after a fellow judge gently pointed out that a vegan cupcake had tasted dry
- Annie Barrett
On TV this Thursday: Community returns with a double study session, The Taste sizzles up a second season, the hunt for The Assets is on and will The Big Bang Theory pop the big bang question? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson winnow a group of culinary hopefuls down to this season’s 16 competitors.
- Kimberly Roots
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