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‘The Taste’ a fun challenge

PASADENA, Calif. — On the new ABC cooking competition show “The Taste,” celebrity chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and restaurateur Brian Malarkey judge the merits of wannabe culinary masters, both pros and home cooks, on a single spoonful in blind taste tests a la “The Voice.” And as on “The Voice,” the chefs also take the contestants under their wings as mentors. But since the blind tests continue, the judges/coaches could accidentally eliminate their own team members. “It’s tricky,” said Lefevbre, famous for his “LudoBites” pop-up restaurant events in LA, when he recently sat down to lunch with reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We don’t know whose food we’re eating.” Lefevbre, who has also appeared on “Top Chef Masters” and “The Iron Chef,” also said he wouldn’t be going easy on his contestants. “I am real chef,” he said in his lilting accent, promising that the contestants who signed up with him “get to suffer.” “The Taste” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Channel 5.

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