The Taste
The Taste
TV-14 | 22 January 2013 (USA)

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    Sadly Over-hyped

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    The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.

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    This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.

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    Brendon Jones

    It’s fine. It's literally the definition of a fine movie. You’ve seen it before, you know every beat and outcome before the characters even do. Only question is how much escapism you’re looking for.

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    Am I the only person who has watched this show and realized that NOTHING about this show makes sense? We have contestants who claim to be executive chefs but who cannot chop an onion or a beet with confidence. You never really see them actually cooking, tasting or seriously prepping anything, they're just mulling around getting into pissing matches over what appears to be nothing, really. Everything appears to be pre-fab, even the appliances never really seem to be hot to the touch...just pay attention to the details folks! It appears to me that this show is a front for people who are in acting school and just want to have some television credit to their names. I'm surprised that Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson actually have their names and their reputations attached to this show. I would NOT be surprised if at some point in the future someone finds out that this entire show was a set up, the dishes were never prepared by the so-called contestants and "the Taste" was never anything more than reality flotsam that streamed its way into our lives!

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    I sometimes watch The Taste when there is nothing else good on TV and i do think it is an alright show, i think there are worse, but it is FAR from the best also. I would prefer if there were new judges, i don't mind the one with the silver/grey hair but the other two i am not so keen on, i guess i could put up with Nigella even though i am not a fan of hers.I think sometimes, well most of the time though they do go very overboard when the cook does the slightest thing wrong, it's a cooking show, not a matter of life and death *rolls eyes*. I think Ludo (i think that's his name, never heard of him before this show) needs to have some respect for other people, he is rude and always shouts at the people cooking for doing what they feel is best and not listening to him all the time. I thought this was a cooking comp, i would have thought the cooks had to do what they thought is right to show off what they can do etc but no it seems to be more about the "professionals".Ludo is meant to be a "professional" yet even he gets it wrong... for example... a few eps back the cooks cooked something and she said "ok, i've done", Ludo told her to put icing sugar on, she said "but it will be too sweet", Ludo shouted at her and told her to put icing sugar on.... she then failed when the "higher professional" came to taste the food as he said it was too sweet. Ludo needs to go and be replaced with someone who has respect and knows what should be and what shouldn't.4 out of 10 from me, probably would be more if they got a better judge to join Nigella and that other guy.

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    Now that we have almost suffered through a second season of The Taste, I do hope they will find new judges for next year. I have had all of Ludo's arrogant attitude I can stand. In two seasons I have yet to understand a word he has said. He is a pompous, arrogant jerk. Nigella is a witch. She hovers over the contestant's shoulder and will not allow them to be the cook she expected they would be when she chose them. I would have walked out just like her last contestant did. The only one I think is worth keeping is Anthony. Another problem: They have never explained just how they can somehow push a button and a contestant's name pops up on the screen. If they don't know who made which dish, how can they select which one they are voting for? I have never felt a judge should be both mentor and judge. That is kind of like playing both sides of the fence. Like a conflict of interests. Just not believable.

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    I like the idea of the show, however, the production was terrible. There was too much yelling/trash talk between the mentors. A good part of the show was taken up with that. There was very little talk about the food! I didn't know much about what the contestants were preparing a lot of the time or about the contestants themselves. Way too much non-food talk, overall. I didn't see much mentoring, either. The mentors did not seem to be teaching the contestants anything; either the mentors yelled at them to do something besides what the contestants wanted to do (which was undermining, most of the time) or went over to other kitchens to hassle people. I was disappointed that the final decision for the four finalists was not made based on "The Taste". The judges even stated they were not going to go with the "stars" given out and were going to choose how they wanted things to go. So much for blind tasting. Also, the scantily-clad servers were a distraction and a turn-off. Nigella's outfits were terrific...that was my favorite part of the show.

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