The Taste

The Taste

The Taste: Episode 2 Recap

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 10, 2014

L to R: Audrey, Shehu, Don, and Sarah
L to R: Audrey, Shehu, Don, and Sarah

Team Marcus (L to R): Audrey, Shehu, Don, and Sarah (Photo Courtesy of ABC)

And here we go! Last night’s double elimination on The Taste was a rough one for Nigella and myself. High points for me were getting the competition going and feeling the heat in the kitchen, and low points was unwittingly choosing one of my own team members as the worst dish of the group. That wasn’t a proud moment, but things weren’t all bad throughout the episode. Here’s what happened: Read More

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The Taste’s Guest Mentor: Chef Ed Lee

By Jeannette Park | January 9, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Ed Lee
Photo Courtesy of Ed Lee

Photo Courtesy of Ed Lee

Self-described as “One part Southern soul, one part Asian spice, and one part New York attitude,” Chef Edward Lee moved to Louisville, KY from his Brooklyn home in 2002 and set up shop at 610 Magnolia. Using local ingredients and putting his training in NYC kitchens to task at 610 Magnolia, Milkwood (a homey speakeasy), and The Wine Studio (his dining room and cooking class venue), Ed Lee gained national recognition on the ninth season of “Top Chef” filmed in Texas. Considered one of the nicest chefs around by his peers, we look forward to seeing just how nice this Bourbon-loving, culinary darling throws down on The Taste, where he appears as the teams’ first guest mentor tonight, January 9th at 8pm EST on ABC.

Click here for the recipe for Ed Lee’s Edamame and Boiled Peanuts and pick up his book “Smoke and Pickles”.

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The Taste: Episode 1 Recap

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 3, 2014





It was so great to finally see the premiere of Season 2 of The Taste. I’m so excited to join my fellow mentors Ludo, Nigella and Anthony. All competition aside, I have to say  how grateful I am that the other mentors welcomed me with open arms! We had a blast taping together and I know that I have made three great friends.

The audition process was much more difficult than you would imagine. Half of the fun is that it is a blind tasting, so we don’t know who cooked for us, but it is also the most heartbreaking. We don’t know which chef-testant wants to be on which team, we don’t know their personal struggles, victories or background stories. It makes the judging honest and sometimes surprising; which you’ll see as the season progresses.

I couldn’t be more proud of my team. I have such an eclectic mix on my team and I am excited for you to get to know them and root for them like I did. They all cook honestly, passionately and thoughtfully.

Stay tuned next Thursday as the challenges begin and make sure to follow me on twitter @marcuscooks where I will be live tweeting each episode.


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Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger