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TASTE, THE [PROGRAM CHANGE]
Air Date: Thursday, January 02, 2014
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#201-120) "The Auditions"
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SEASON PREMIERE

16 CONTESTANTS BATTLE IT OUT FOR A PLACE IN THE KITCHEN DURING THE SEASON TWO PREMIERE OF "THE TASTE," THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 ON ABC

"The Taste" Returns with a New, Two Hour Format and Mentor Chef Marcus Samuelsson

"Auditions" -- The heat is on in the kitchen as "The Taste" returns on THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Back in its second season, and also with a brand new, two hour format, "The Taste" is open to everyone - from home cooks to professional chefs - in an effort to find some of America's most naturally gifted cooks. 16 culinary hopefuls will ultimately win the chance to show off their skills in "The Taste" kitchen where one blind spoonful of food can determine whether a competitor stays or goes home.

The series features no-holds barred Chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre, and joining "The Taste" this season, Chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. These four stars of the culinary world will compete, mentoring a team of four contestants apiece as they vie to create the best tasting dishes in a state of the art kitchen.

In the two-hour series premiere, the heat is on when contestants put their best culinary foot forward and create their best dish for Anthony, Nigella, Ludo and Marcus to taste. At the end of the night, 16 will be given a place on one of the mentors' teams. One single spoonful will decide whether or not they make it past the audition phase and on to the competition.

"The Taste" is from Kinetic Content and is executive-produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.

"The Taste" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries tv-14,L parental guideline.

For more information on "The Taste," visit ABC.com/The Taste.

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TASTE, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/22/13 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
2 (8 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its second season on 2/20/14; has yet to be renewed for a third season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, November 2013) One blind spoonful could change everything. Now in its second season, "The Taste" returns with a new two-hour format. In this exhilarating cooking competition series, "The Taste" puts 16 culinary competitors, who range from home cooks and professional chefs to everything in between, in the kitchen where four of the world's most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste. In this pressure-packed contest, a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send them packing. "The Taste" features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and author, chef/restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. These four culinary superstars and "Taste" mentors will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. Each week the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors' dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they're sampling, what they're eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be sending home. "The Taste" is from Kinetic Content and is executive-produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anthony Bourdain as Coach
· Ludo Lefebvre as Coach
· Marcus Samuelsson as Coach (Season 2- )
· Nigella Lawson as Coach
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Brian Malarkey as Coach (Season 1)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Anthony Bourdain as EP
· Brian Smith as DIR
· Chris Coelen as EP
· Emma Conway as EP
· Matilda Zoltowski as EP
· Nigella Lawson as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Kinetic Content