ABC Orders Cooking Competition Starring Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson

by | July 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM | TV News

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson (Photo: John W. Ferguson/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)


UPDATE: ABC is getting a taste of some foodie TV fare.

The network has ordered eight episodes of “The Taste,” a new cooking competition hosted by TV chefs Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson, says Deadline.

Here’s the premise: Four culinary experts will mentor a team of competing pro and amateur cooks as they battle to turn out the best dish, as the chefs face elimination rounds through a series of individual and team challenges.

A casting notice on ABC’s website in June first tipped off the press that the network was cooking up a tasty new show.

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ABC will be serving up a new reality cooking competition featuring TV culinary personalities Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson as the hosts.

Casting is underway for the untitled project, currently listed on ABC’s website as “ABC Cooking Show” and described as: “Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson have teamed up with Producer Kinetic Content for a brand new cooking show for ABC that will pit America’s most skilled cooks against one another in a show unlike any other.”

Bourdain confirmed his participation in the series, which has no premiere date as of yet, in an email Wednesday to Eater.com, who first reported the show was in development.

“It’s true,” Bourdain said. “I will be hosting a competitive reality series for ABC. I’m particularly looking forward to working with Nigella–who’s a friend from way back… More to come later.”

The British Lawson, known as much for her her luscious curves as her seductive recipes, is the author of multiple cookbooks and the host of several cooking shows, including “Nigella’s Kitchen” and “Nigella Express.”

It’s another major change of pace for the globe-trotting Bourdain, who recently announced he was ending his long-running Travel Channel series, “No Reservations,” to jump to CNN to host a new prime-time travel series.

It seems as if TV Chefs are going to be eating up a lot of screen time. On Wednesday it was announced that Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis are teaming up to co-host a daytime talk show for CBS, slated for fall 2013.