First Episode of ABC’s The Taste Gets Lukewarm Reviews

Will it be able to capture the same level of respect as Top Chef, or it just another overly produced “reality” show?

A few days have passed now since Tuesday’s premiere of The Taste, ABC’s new competitive cooking show hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey. And while I had some level of trepidation before it first aired, I still like the premise and genuinely hope the show would be able to focus on the proverbial steak rather than the sizzle. Turns out that The Taste was the top-watched program in its primetime slot, but not without its share of detractors on Twitter, many of whom had high hopes for the show. 

I’ve massive amounts of respect for the judges and the empires they’ve created through their cooking acumen, no doubt, but early reviews of the show do not sound anywhere near as promising. What did I think? I thought I had better things to do than watch the two-hour spectacle of a premiere, though since the mag’s head honcho of dining, Lesley Bargar Suter, said she’d tune in again, I’ll try giving the next (NOT two-hour long) episode a chance.

In the meantime, I’ve gathered up what others across ye olde Twitterverse had to say. There were some positive reviews, but they were admittedly few and few between. And you may pick up on some themes in the tweets from those that were a little less optimistic about the show’s future.

(Wanna watch and decide for yourself? You can watch the full episode online at ABC’s The Taste page.)