Recap: The Taste Finale Viewing Party

I had a great time last night at The Taste Finale Viewing Party at Ginny’s Supper Club. I couldn’t be prouder of Team Marcus for bringing their passion and determination to the competition and taking home the win. IMG_2125.JPG

Last night, I got to cook for the party with Gabe and Tristan from Team Marcus. In keeping with the theme of the night, we prepared a few different “tastes” of our own like Tristen’s Duck Meatball and Citrus-Cured Hamachi. I’m definitely looking forward to having Tristen as a part of the Red Rooster team.

Congratulations to Gabe, and all the other chef-testants – it was an incredible season.

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The Taste is Back for Season 3!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Taste is back on ABC for it's 3rd season! Last week was just the beginning: mentors Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain, and I all picked our teams. This week, the real competition begins. In case you missed last week's episode, you can still watch it here on ABC.the taste This year's batch of contestants is amazing (you can get to know them here), and the lineup of guest mentors/judges is unbelievable - you can expect appearances from culinary all-stars Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon, and Eric Ripert, just to name a few. Plus, we've added an exciting new twist to up the competition: a sudden death blind-tasting round, judged by our weekly guest mentors.

You can catch The Taste on Thursday nights on ABC at 8pm , and don't forget to root for #TeamMarcus!

The Taste's Guest Mentor: Jacques Pepin

Photo by Christiana Ceppas Jacques Pépin is a world-renowned chef, cookbook author and public television cooking show host. He has written 28 books, the most recent of which is NEW COMPLETE TECHNIQUES. His last book, ESSENTIAL PEPIN has a companion series, Pépin’s 12th Francisco and broadcast nationwide, and we're excited to share one of Chef Pépin's favorite recipes from the book, Les Oeufs Jeannette.

A participant in Food & Wine’s Aspen Classic almost every year since its inception in 1983, Pépin has been Dean of Special Programs at the International Culinary Center in New York since 1989 and an adjunct faculty member at Boston University since 1984. And he will be the last guest mentor for the finale of The Taste tonight, Thursday February 20th on ABC. Who will win in the showdown between Ludo and Anthony? Watch at 8pm EST to find out.

 

The Taste's Guest Mentor: Jonathan Waxman

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Jonathan Waxman is the chef and owner of the beloved bistro Barbuto in the West Village. Surrounded by the art of food growing up in Berkeley, with grandparents who owned a farm in Sonoma, Waxman went on to study cooking first in San Francisco and then in Paris. After mastering the fundamentals of classic French cooking, Waxman returned to California, gaining experience at Chez Panisse and Michael's. Ready to find his own place in the culinary world, Waxman moved to his parents' hometown of New York, NY, and went on to open his first restaurant, Jams, which was described by the New York Times' Florence Fabricant as a "culinary comet".

Outside the kitchen, Waxman has published two cookbooks, A Great American Cook (published in 2007) and Italian My Way (published in 2011). Prior to his guest mentorship on season two of The Taste, Waxman has experienced the life as a cheftestant in two seasons of Top Chef Masters. Additionally, Waxman enjoys working with charities such as Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Check out  the recipe for Jonathan Waxman's ale-based chili here.

The Taste's Guest Mentor: Christina Tosi

Christina Tosi Christina Tosi is the chef, owner and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar, called “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country” by Bon Appetit Magazine. As founder of the dessert program at Momofuku, Christina helped Momofuku Ko earn two stars from the Michelin Guide and Momofuku Ssäm jump onto restaurant magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world list. She is the 2012 recipient of the James Beard Rising Star Chef award and will be the guest mentor on tonight's episode of "The Taste" where she will be judging the contestants for the appropriately titled "The Sweetest Thing" challenge. And because she's considered one of the coolest ladies in the kitchen, she shares with us her recipe for Momofuku Milk Bar's famous Compost Cookie.

The famous Compost Cookie with a little bit of everything