The Taste

Daring Pairings

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 2/12/13
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  • Episode Description
  • The guest judges will decide by a blind taste which team's spoon has the best taste and by doing so they will join and mentor the team of the winning chef. After that each chef will be judged individually and two of the chefs will have to leave.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ludo Lefebvre

    Judge/Coach

  • Nigella Lawson

    Judge/Coach

  • Brian Malarkey

    Judge/Coach

  • Anthony Bourdain

    Judge/Coach

  • Brian Smith II

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (2)

    • Guest Judges

      Chef David Kinch and sommelier Andre Mack are the guest judges in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 12, 2013 on CTV

    Trivia (2)

    • Blind Taste Test

      The Challenge: The chefs have to create a dish, which has to match one of the four different vines German Riesling, California Chardonnay, French Cotes Du Rhone, Italian Barolo

      Gold stars awarded to:

      2 Stars -- Team Malarkey: Khristianne Uy -- Barolo Braised Duck & Barolo
      2 Stars -- Team Anthony: Ninamarie Bojekian -- Braised Pork Shoulder & Barolo

      Gold Star Leaderboard:

      3 Stars Khristianne Uy -- Team Malarkey
      2 Stars Diane DiMeo -- Team Anthony
      2 StarsNinamarie Bojekian -- Team Anthony
      1 Star Sarah Schiear -- Team Ludo

      Bottom Four:

      Team Ludo: Shawn, Sarah
      Team Nigella: Erika, Huda

      Eliminated: Shawn and Erika

    • Team Taste Test

      The Challenge: To create a daring pairing of food and wine, which is Argentine Alamos Malbec in this challenge, using at least one of the secret ingredients chosen by their mentors


      Nigella's Kitchen Ingr.: Calf's Liver, Harissa, Couscous, Ground Lamb, Lamb Sausage
      Nigella's Chef: Erika Monroe Williams -- Food: Lamb Chop with Goat Cheese Ball

      Malarkey's Kitchen Ingr.: Figs, Almonds, Bone Marrow, Filet Mignon, Sea Salt
      Malarkey's Chef: Adam Pechal -- Food: Squab With Red Wine Reduction

      Anthony's Kitchen Ingr.: Beef Steak, Chorizo, Beef Tongue, Lamb Kidneys, Lamb Chops
      Anthony's Chef: Uno Immanivong -- Food: Thai Beef Salad

      Ludo's Kitchen Ingr.: White Miso, Bonito Flakes, Charcoal, Smoked Eel, Cassis
      Ludo's Chef: Gregg Drusinsky -- Food: Bonito Crusted Short Rib

      The Winner: Gregg from Team Ludo gets immunity.

      Guest Judges: David Kinch and Andre Mack

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