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News: Get Your First Bite of The Taste
Renowned chefs Nigella Lawson, Marcus Sammuelsson, Ludo Lefebvre and Anthony Bourdain serve as mentors/judges on the ABC show, which averaged 3.7 million viewers last season -- more than double that of Top Chef.
What makes The Taste different from other food competition shows is that the mentors/judges taste the dishes blindly to help determine their teams. Kevin did his own blind taste test, choosing Marco as the winner, which left Ludo a little bitter.
"I'm not sure you have a palette, bro," Ludo blurted.
As one of the most well-traveled chefs on Earth, Anthony gave Kevin a whiff of the worst dish he's ever had -- fermented shark.
"It's like radioactive material," said Anthony »
The cooking competition "The Taste" returns tonight to ABC for its third season. The series introduced blind tasting of food to reality competitions--judges don't know whose food they're eating or even what's in the dish. It also brought Anthony Bourdain to a big, bright, glossy ABC reality show. The star of Travel Channel's Emmy-winning "No Reservations" and now CNN's "Parts Unknown" seems like perhaps the last person to gravitate to a "The Voice"-like competition for food, but when we talked Wednesday, one day before he was heading to Madagascar for "Parts Unknown," he was clearly, unabashedly enthusiastic about the series, which he also executive produces. When I asked about whether skeptical fans have now warmed to "The Taste" and his participation, Bourdain said, "I honestly don't think about. It's always a quality of life issue for me. Am I having fun? Am I working with people I like? »
- Andy Dehnart
If you ask The Taste mentor Ludo Lefebvre, there is more pressure on him than fellow mentors Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson or Nigella Lawson heading into the ABC cooking competition's third season, which premieres Dec. 4. "Tony, Marcus and Nigella have nothing to lose — they are losers already," Lefebvre, who mentored the winning season-two cook, bluntly told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent set visit. "Me, I win. I need to defend my title." (Season one's winning mentor, Brian Malarkey, is no longer with the show.) Lefebvre added that he has a target on his back this
- Ryan Gajewski
Anthony Bourdain is tweeting mad about his The Taste costar Nigella Lawson being refused entry into the U.S. One day after news broke that Lawson was stopped at Heathrow Airport and banned from boarding a flight to L.A. for unknown reasons, Bourdain is defending her and blasting her travel ban. "I am absolutely mortified with embarrassment over the cruelty and hypocrisy of Us actions re: #Nigella travel. Unbelievable," Bourdain tweeted yesterday. He followed up with, "Toronto mayor, Rob Ford? Welcome to the USA. Nigella Lawson? No. Really? Absolutely appalling misuse of our system. And by whom? How?" It's still unknown why Lawson was prevented from entering the »
Nigella Lawson isn't exactly getting first-class treatment lately. According to reports, the celebrity chef, 54, was stopped from boarding a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles last Sunday. While a rep for Lawson would not comment on the situation, Britain's Daily Mail reports that one reason for her denied entry could stem from her explosive testimony during a fraud trial against two former personal assistants in December, during which Lawson admitted to having used cocaine and cannabis in the past. Britain never pursued legal action against her over those revelations. But under U.S. law, foreigners can be denied »
- Tim Nudd
Lawson appeared to be photographed shedding a tear while discussing highly-publicised troubles on the chat show.
The celebrity was discussing her recent marriage split from Charles Saatchi and the fall-out from allegations of drug use in her court case against former staff.
Lawson clarified on her Twitter account on Friday (March 28) that she did not actually cry while speaking about her turmoil.
Accuracy update: no tears were spilt during recording of #MichaelMcIntyreChatShow
Misunderstanding methinks: constant weepy eyes due to contact lens issues; a nightmare for @TriciaWoolston
Lawson admitted to Michael McIntyre during the interview that she is still trying to cope with her recent personal troubles.
"Well, you know, I've had better times," she said. "You know, it's spring and I'm feeling »
During Lawson's appearances in court at a fraud case involving the cook's former assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, she confessed to taking cocaine but denied allegations she was a habitual drug user.
The Grillo sisters were found not guilty of fraud in December 2013, and it was announced in January that Lawson would face no action from police over her admission of drug use.
Lawson will appear on the show on Monday, March 31 to promote her re-designed and re-packaged Nigella Collection.
Lawson appeared on Good Morning America in the Us at the start of the year, saying that she saw no point in dwelling on the trial.
"To have not only your »
It should have been a runaway success off the back of Nigella Lawson's high-profile court appearance – but thanks to a dodgy format, manic co-hosts and boring contestants, The Taste has been nowhere near the hit that Channel 4 must have expected
There can have been few programmes in recent memory with as fortuitous a launch as Channel 4's gastro-reality-game-thing, The Taste. Ok, there is nothing fortuitous about spousal abuse, drug allegations and the trashing of a person's children. But somewhere in the darkest, most mercenary corner of a Channel 4 scheduler's id, there were fireworks.
The Taste had already been a runaway hit in the Us, and while UK success looked likely, the runup to the launch saw an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy towards wronged Nigella Lawson. Team Nigella reached that level of ubiquity when a hashtag becomes a meme. Her books were hastily republished. The week before the show debuted, »
- Dan Martin
Cover your ears, Nigella Lawson! Trinny Woodall, the new girlfriend of Nigella's estranged husband Charles Saatchi, has some not so nice words for the celeb chef. In an interview with High50, Woodall seemingly poked fun at Lawson and Saatchi's infamous throat-grabbing photos, saying, "It's great that, at 50, life can still grab you by the throat and shake you up. And it's even better when you've learned to cope with whatever's thrown at you. So long as it isn't a bedside lamp." Burn. In the interview, which was about Woodall's 50th birthday, the British author also mentioned her budding romance with Saatchi, saying, "But the truth is, I do feel very energized at »
London, Jan. 23: Charles Saatchi has challenged Spectator journalist Taki to a cage fight after he wrote in his column that the art collector was one of the art scene's biggest rogues and pirates and, even among the world's most disgusting men.
The latter referred to how Taki believes Saatchi treated Nigella Lawson following the breakdown of their marriage, the celebrity chef's humiliation over drug use allegations during the high-profile court case brought against his former Pas, the Grillo sisters (later cleared of all charges), and the throttling incident outside Scott's restaurant over the summer, the Independent reported.
Saatchi, 70, leapt to his own defence, and penned an acerbic open letter, which said that Nigella. »
- Ketali Mehta
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 »
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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
Los Angeles, Jan 8: A film on the life of international celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is being planned and actress Angelina Jolie is said to be completely gripped by the former's life, might play the lead in it.
Lawson has had a turbulent year. She was recently accused of taking cocaine.
Jolie is said to think of Lawson as a "remarkable woman" and is reportedly totally gripped by the drama surrounding the latter's life, reports contactmusic.com.
"Angie had planned to take a lot of time off next year but this role is very tempting. She has been gripped like everyone else by all the drama surrounding Nigella these. »
- Smith Cox
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 »
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Nigella Lawson's former aides Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo will appear on tomorrow's (January 7) edition of ITV's This Morning.
In a pre-recorded interview the pair, who were recently found not guilty of fraud relating to a Charles Saatchi company, will discuss the trial for the first time with Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.
The sisters - who had been accused of fraudulently spending £685,000 between 2008 and 2012 on credit cards and taxi accounts without authorisation - will reveal what it was like to live with the chef and their feelings on being part of such a highly publicised court case.
The duo will also discuss their opinions about the impact the trial will have on Lawson's life and career, after she was forced to admit to having taken cocaine during the course of the case.
Francesca said: "I think maybe we won the case but definitely she had the most support from the public. »
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...
Nigella says opposing counsel presented ‘distortions’ of her personal life. Find out how she’s moving on from the drama.
Nigella Lawson has certainly seen better days. The celebrity chef — who appears on ABC’s The Taste, which kicked off its second season Jan. 2 — gave a new interview to BBC, and while it was supposed to be about the return of her show, the conversation quickly steered to her horrific experience in court.
Nigella Lawson: Trial Was ‘Mortifying’
“Mortifying” was the only way Nigella could describe her trial, as she claimed the lawyers presented “distortions” of her private life, rather than portraying her in a fair and accurate light.
“I did my civic duty, only to be maliciously vilified without the right to respond,” she explained in the interview.
Still, Nigella knows her life could be a whole lot worse, so she’s not dwelling in “self-pity.” And for that, »
- Hollywood Life Staff
Nigella Lawson is glad to put the controversies of 2013 behind her! On Jan. 2, the Taste judge admitted to Good Morning America's Amy Robach that having "distortions of [her] private life put on display" during her former assistants' fraud trial was "mortifying." But, the 53-year-old chef and reality TV personality realizes that "to dwell on any of it would be self pity," something she's not going to do! Nigella's alleged drug use in the past and details about her relationship with ex-husband Charles Saatchi were put on display during the trial of sisters Francesca Grillo and Elisabetta Grillo, who worked for the former spouses for more than 10 years. On Dec. »
It's nothing new for a celebrity to advertise a new product on telly, put their name to a range of cooking pans, or launch a perfume that reminds them of love, beauty and existential freedom – or of the incredible profit margins to be made on a small jar of scent. Indeed, there was even a 19th-century Pope, Leo Xiii, who put his face and name in newspapers to advertise a tonic wine called Vin Mariani (a drink he found particularly delicious and which it now transpires was laced with cocaine.) Ah, the celebrity hustle has always been with us.
Yet in 2014 the famouses will be taking this product endorsement one step further – they will be selling themselves as lifestyle gurus. In fact, it has already begun, with Gwyneth Paltrow »
- Sophie Heawood
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