ABC premiered a new show this week called “The Taste.” I got sucked into it and now I’m sort of hooked. It’s basically like The Voice except for cooks. There are four judges of varying backgrounds: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey, and Ludo Lefebvre. They pull together a team of four chefs per team and then compete against each other.
The catch is that the dishes that are cooked and sampled are tasted completely blind meaning that the testers don’t know who cooked what dish. My favorite part of the show, by far, is watching the judges debate on whether a dish was made by a home cook or a “professional” chef.
They frequently, but not always, get it wrong. Right now the team line-ups consist of more home cooks than professional chefs. And trust me, there were plenty of professionals that tried out. Many of them were eliminated for being too complicated or making dishes that were just plain weird. Meanwhile, the home cooks just cooked simple, great food.
One issue with this ever-growing website is that there are some really delicious dishes that are stuck way down deep in the archives. I’m going to try to bring some of these older dishes back to life and update the recipes with new photos and stuff. I’m going to try to do one a month and only feature my favorites (or Betsy’s favorites).
You pick the first one!
Mind blowing Japanese Carnitas Tacos - This post title kind of reminded me of those ridiculous Sonic commercials where the dude gets his mind blown by eating a crappy chicken sandwich. Except this recipe actually looks like it might blow your mind. Be careful. (@ Summer Tomato)
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