Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson's new show taps more stars

More details have been released on new food show The Taste, which pairs unexpected duo Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain in a competition that will crown the best tasting dish.

In addition to Lawson and Bourdain, the show has enlisted French chef and US-based expat Ludo Lefebvre and San Diego chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey to act as mentors to the competitors.

Produced by US network ABC, the hour-long show is set to premiere next year in eight episodes. The premise? The ‘Mentors’ will coach a team of four competing cooks through a series of challenges in each episode before tasting each dish blind, with no knowledge of what they’re eating, how it was prepared or who made the dish.

While virtually unknown in his native France, Lefebvre found fame in the US for his guerilla pop-up events called LudoBites, and his several TV appearances on shows like Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America.

Malarkey is a San Diego chef and restaurateur best known for his critically acclaimed restaurant Searsucker which was named the second hottest restaurant in the US by Time magazine last year, and for his appearance on Top Chef Miami.

The Taste is just one of several projects being undertaken by Bourdain. Next month, his PBS series The Mind of a Chef premieres in the US, another culinary travel show which travels to Montreal, San Sebastian and Tokyo, made in collaboration with New York Momofuku chefs David Chang and Wylie Drufresne.

Meanwhile, another major food TV personality is also rumored to head a television series – only this time, it’s not another reality show.

 According to Deadine, Gordon Ramsay has been tapped to produce an NBC restaurant drama series called The Inferno.

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