Chef-turned-TV-personality Anthony Bourdain is bringing back his competitive cooking show, The Taste, for a second season. Reviews of season one were mixed, with Huffington Post calling the show “a less-than-stellar “Voice” rip-off that revolves around food instead of singing.” Andy Greenwald wrote a piece for Grantland denouncing Bourdain’s entire post-Kitchen Confidential career, in which he says, “Now [on The Taste] he sits on a garishly lit soundstage, defanged like an aging circus lion.” Eater reports that last season’s The Taste winner, chef Khristianne Uy, “worked as personal chef to Charlie Sheen and had a criminal record.” All of these factors make it obvious why ABC would want to renew the show.
Regardless of who loves The Taste and who detests it, it will be coming back, and there are rumors that Bourdain and co-host Nigella Lawson may be joined byLos Angeles Magazine food blogger Eddie Lin, who has presumably snagged a judge’s spot. There’s no word whether San Diego chef Brian Malarky or celeb-chef Ludo Lefebvre will return for their second season, but LA Weekly has been confirmed that the show is doing open casting this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Santa Monica. Pre-register for the open call here, and you might just become the next food world superstar!