Posted on: January 16, 2013

One blind spoonful could change everything on ABC’s “The Taste.” This new cooking competition show is literally all about taste.

Sixteen competitors, from pro chefs to home cooks, whip up dishes attempting to impress four of the world’s most notable chefs.  The catch is all the dishes will be judged in a blind taste test. In this pressure-packed contest, the taste of a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send him packing.

“The Taste” features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef and author Ludo Lefebvre and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. Each of the four culinary superstars and “Taste” mentors – Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey – 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 each episode, 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 eliminating.

Lauren Scott (Photo by Scruggs Photography)

The competition will come down to whether it’s better to make a simple or complicated dish – and which ingredients the competitors choose.

Among the cooks who will go through the audition process in the first two episodes is Lauren Scott. The 24-year-old, moved from California to help with the ministry at Agape Church in Laurel, Mississippi in 2012. You may have also seen her culinary talent as a vendor at the Laurel Main Street Farmer’s Market last spring as the owner/proprietress of Baby Cakes. Scott currently works for Scruggs Photography and has a journalism/nutrition degree from Cal Poly.