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"I hate baking!" says Gizzi Erskine, a trained chef turned food writer and television presenter. She jabs the air with a buttermilk-fried chicken wing for emphasis. "I mean, I don't hate baking, of course, but if I turn on the telly and see another twee girl making cupcakes, I'm going to jump out of the window. It bores me; everything is very safe. You will never see me cooking to camera, really sweet and lovely, because it's just not me. I want to do the boys' stuff."
Erskine, who is 33, has been on the food scene for a few years, but she wonders sometimes if she is a bit "weird" – her word – for the mainstream. She might have a point, too. Before training at Leiths School of Food and Wine in her early20s, »
- Tim Lewis
It was fun. It was — compared to the hard beds, army cots, boat decks, and mosquito netting of my last weeks — luxurious. It was, at times, unexpectedly gut-wrenching. It was, at times, strange as hell. And yes, goddamnit, that was a real tan.
My first foray into network television was indeed, a bizarre trip to the Other Side, where the necessary glare of a million lights and I don’t even know how many cameras, and layer after layer of sweat-absorbing makeup give an unnatural hue, an otherworldly glow, a Barbie-like patina to even the most honestly acquired New York beach tan. »
- Anthony Bourdain
Nigella Lawson is a mentor and executive producer on ABC’s The Taste. She is the author of eight bestselling books including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Bites, Feast, How to Be a Domestic Goddess and How to Eat, which have sold more than six million copies worldwide. Her latest cookbook is Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes. Below, she shares her thoughts on the penultimate episode of The Taste and the team she’s mentoring.
While I graciously concede that the life of a contestant on The Taste must be pretty damn stressful, can I just point out »
- EW staff
ABC premiered its new competitive cooking show, The Taste (not to be confused with daytime food-talker The Chew) on Tuesday night, and despite its two-hour running time — seriously, network execs, have you forgotten the days when reality shows lasted only 60 minutes? — I found the end result to be pretty appetizing, if not totally mind-blowing.
The series premiere focused on the show’s panel of judges — Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey — tasting one bite each from various professional chefs and home cooks. The judges had no idea who prepared the food or what ingredients they used, and »
- Michael Slezak
I've always thought the point of Nigella Lawson is that she doesn't have one. As England's younger, sexier version of the Barefoot Contessa, she's a spherical series of soft curves, murmuring an endless litany of "mmms" to camera as she sips and dips around the kitchen. She's made a fortune from being the voice of comfort as a domestic goddess on cable cooking shows.
So it's a little surprising to see her take her place behind a judging table under bright network lighting in The Taste, ABC's new "food show like no other" – in other words, a culinary version of NBC's smash talent show The Voice.
"It's all about the taste, and nothing but the taste," Nigella announced in her signature perky style as the show began. This marked another departure for a »
- Emma G Keller
ABC's new series "The Taste" is putting a new spin on cooking competitions, and it's got an all star line-up of chefs to help it succeed. "No Reservations" leading man Anthony Bourdain has teamed up with Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey to act as mentors in the new reality series, and they think the show is something special.
In many ways, "The Taste" is similar to NBC's "The Voice," except with cooking instead of singing. Each judge picks a team of chefs and then mentors that group until there's only one cook left standing, but with "The Taste" there's a twist. Despite working with their chefs they progress through the season, "The Taste's" judges sample all of the food in a blind taste test without knowing who made it, and they have to judge the dishes solely off of the taste of the spoonful they try. Unlike »
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