Abc's hit really cooking show, "the taste," returns tonight with a twist. Season two has a two-hour format and a brand-new mentor chef. Marcus danielsen joins us with anthony bourdain, nigella lawson... See More
Abc's hit really cooking show, "the taste," returns tonight with a twist. Season two has a two-hour format and a brand-new mentor chef. Marcus danielsen joins us with anthony bourdain, nigella lawson and ludo. Nigella, you had quite a year. The trial against your two former assistants just wrapped up a few short weeks ago. And it was on public display. You went through a lot. And the focus turned sharply on you at times. This was a criminal lawsuit against them. But at times, did you feel like you on trial? Well, I did. But it's one of the monsters of the english legal system that you're not allowed any counsel if you're a witness. Maybe it will change. Maybe that's good. What were the moments like on the witness stand for you? You know, I can't remember exactly because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability, that actually, you don't have the normal awareness of yourself. Maybe that's a good thing. It's a good thing. My only desire was to protect my children as much as possible, which -- even I couldn't do. But that's what I wanted to do. And actually, you know, since then, I've eaten a lot of chocolate, had a good christmas. And I'm into the new year. Speaking of that. You have the very private moments that you didn't want the world to know. To have them on public display. How do can you handle that with your children and your family? You went through something this summer, as well, with your public divorce. How do you protect your children? I don't know. To be honest, to have not only your private life, but distortions of your private life on display is appalling. There's people going through worse. And to dwell on it would be self-pity. I don't want to do that. That was 2013. And there's pie. Forget chocolate. Lemon meringue pie is what we have. 2014, a new show, a new chef. Excited to see marcus there. Your big smile. Tell me what you bring to the table. I learned a lot from all the mentors and how to play the game. Tony is a master of playing the game. I had a lot of fun. It was fun to work and to be on the show. It's an exciting show. Tell me how the show works for people who don't know. I want to get a blow-by-blow. You get people to prepare dishes. And you taste them. And you have to be very frank, correct? We have to make all of our decisions based on a blind tasting of a single spoon. We have no idea who is cooking for us, whether they're a great chef. Whether they're a professional home cook or a completely delusional character. We pick them for our team entirely on the taste. And later, during the course of the game, we are deciding wheth whether, essentially, the send them home or to reward them. We don't know if we're sending someone home from our own team or someone else's team. You can say it's terrible. And it's from your own kitchen. Who is the most outspoken? Who isn't afraid to say exactly what they think. Well -- tony too, huh. I hear you intimidate some contestants. Is that true? They all want to be on my team. He's very professional. And it begins with that smile. Everyone thinks you're going to be all nice. No. We let it all out. Wait until you get to my kitchen. I've seen you in your kitchen. He's a rookie. Yes. Believe me. The stories. I want to get some tasting done now. Nigella, tell me what you brought. Lemon meringue pie. I have to say that. The thing about food is it's texture as well as taste. That thing about the crisp underneath. Better one there. And crisp underneath and then that smoothness and the meringue. And also, I think everyone underrates lemon as the perfect dessert. Amazing. From lemons to meatballs. Oh, my gosh. Nice and salty. The one from the muppets made. The swedish chef. And then -- meatballs, lemon meringue pie. Are there truffles on here? Fettuccine with white butter and truffles. That's what I need. That's good, huh? Awesome. Amazing. I'm not going to tell you what it is. You're supposed to tell blind. I don't have a blindfold on me. What is this? Parmesan cheese -- and? And couscous? We want to get to sydney.
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