'The Taste' Goes To Benelux

In a twist on the cooking format, chefs in Belgium and the Netherlands will square off in a cross-border cook off.

ABC Renews 'Shark Tank,' 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Bachelor,' 'The Taste' and 'AFV'

Following a slew of scripted orders and renewals, the network gives the green light to additional seasons of most of its reality properties -- and veteran "Dancing" is condensed into just one weekly broadcast.

'The Taste's' Ludo Lefebvre: 'I am not here to be nice with you'

On ABC's "The Taste," Ludo Lefebvre comes off as imperious to the burgeoning chefs he's mentoring but also passionate about cooking.In an interview, he's much more relaxed and even more passionate about cooking."I am not here to be nice with you," he tells Zap2it, referring to a cook on his team. "It is a competition. I want a star. How it is in the kitchen -- it is not that easy."Cooking on a timetable is stressful, and Lefebvre acknowledges that even when he cooks at home, he worries about timing a meal so all dishes hit the table simultaneously.Cooking is all he ever wanted to do, he says with such a heavy French cadence that his English sounds French. His grandmother, an accomplished home chef, was such a huge influence that he knew by 10 he wanted to be a chef."I love to make crepes with my grandma," Lefebvre says. "My mom was always working....

TV ratings: 'New Girl' rises, 'The Taste' tumbles and CBS dominates another Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013CBS once again ran away from the field in Tuesday's ratings race, as the "NCIS" duo and "Vegas" swept all three hours in viewers and adults 18-49. Elsewhere, "New Girl" scored its best 18-49 rating in some time for FOX. "Go On" and "The New Normal" dipped some more for NBC, and "The Taste" took a hit for ABC in its second week. ABC's prime-time rebroadcast of "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Matt Damon episode drew modest numbers.CBS averaged 16.7 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/16 share in households in primetime, beating the combined total of the other four networks. NBC (4.6 million, 3.1/5) was the best of the rest. FOX (3.75 million, 2.2/3) came in third, beating out ABC (3.6 million, 2.4/4). The CW drew 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9/1.CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic (albeit by not as big a margin) with a 2.9 rating. FOX...

TV ratings: 'Private Practice' ends on an up note Tuesday and 'The Taste' starts OK

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013The series finale of "Private Practice" scored its best ratings in three months and helped ABC win a pretty quiet Tuesday night among adults 18-49. The network's culinary competition "The Taste" had an OK premiere, improving its 18-49 rating in each half-hour.Elsewhere, CBS easily won the night in viewers despite airing reruns the entire night. FOX's comedies were up a bit over last week, but "Go On" and "The New Normal" slid for NBC. The season finale of "Parenthood" was also down some, although it still led its hour in the 18-49 demographic.CBS drew 10.5 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/10 share in households in primetime, easily beating second-place ABC's 5.8 million viewers and 3.8/6. NBC (4.7 million, 3.1/5) finished third. FOX (3.4 million, 2.1/3) came in fourth for the night, and The CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2) trailed.None of the networks managed to break a 2.0 rating in...

'The Taste': Not Making It May Turn Out Better For One

If television can handle what seems like a different singing competition on every night of the week, why not more cooking shows? ABC threw its hat in the ring with the series premiere of " The Taste ." It clearly took a few tips from NBC's hit "The Voice." The singing show puts the emphasis entirely on that voice by having the judges face away from them during their initial audition. It's all about that first taste on ABC's culinary competition. Potential contestants make their dish and the judges decide if they want them on their team based on a single bite. Just a taste. In this premiere, Renee may have taken one of the biggest gambles yet to be a part of the show. She quit her job as a culinary instructor in Chicago for the opportunity, making it even more crushing when her sample didn't earn her a spot on anyone's team. But, she may still come out a winner. One of the judges, Chef Ludo Lefebvre offered her instead a job. "I'm going to hold you to that!" she exclaimed excitedly, but he was very serious. "I will be happy to teach you a little. See you soon!” Lefebvre said. That may prove a better reward than making it on the show for Renee. Lefebvre is joined on the judging panel by Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Malarkey. Once teams are selected, the real competition will begin. "The Taste" continues on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

Video: A Few Minutes With... "The Taste" Judges Nigella Lawson & Anthony Bourdain

ABC's new cooking competition series launches tonight at 8:00/7:00c.

'The Taste' makes Brian Malarkey turn a blind eye to cooking

ABC launches a cooking competition Tuesday, Jan. 22, and on paper "The Taste" sounds very much like "The Voice."Instead of talented singers, chosen sight unseen, now the contestants are chefs presenting food in blind taste tests."We are trying to find teams that we can mentor," Brian Malarkey, one of the four judges, tells Zap2it. The others are Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre. "We are tasting food that we don't see how it is presented or who cooked it. It is super hard."Your taste buds will go crazy, and you are breaking it down," he continues. "It got me to focus on flavor again."An example of a challenge on the show would be to cook "nose to tail -- exotic cuts of animal," Malarkey says. "It could be a fish cheek or a pig's tail.""We help our team try to win a team challenge, then they have to compete against each other individually," Malarkey...

'The Taste': Anthony Bourdain and the judges share 10 things to know about ABC's new cooking competition

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 other cooking shows like "Top Chef" that judge...

Television Review: ‘The Taste’ on ABC, Featuring Celebrity Food Judges

“The Taste,” a new ABC show using a format similar to that of “The Voice,” features contestants who are judged by four food celebrities.