Parents' Guide to

The Taste

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mashup of cooking competitions with lots of bleeped cursing.

TV ABC Reality TV 2013
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

An addictive taste!

The competitive element which comes from the Voice and the Apprentice format makes it quite watchable and addictive. I enjoy the fact that not all of the contestants are professional chefs- like the bake off this has you gunning for the underdog. I also like the fact that it is taste not looks that count. Of course it is important to set up some friction between characters and the fact that the judges cannot see the contestants does add to the drama, where you are judging people on something other than physical first impressions. Perfectly watchable and quite addictive in the same way that once you start watching the Apprentice or the Bake off it is hard to stop. Nigella does come across as being a bit haughty but that just adds to the drama.I suspect that her unfortunate private life has spilled over into these reviews. My teenage daughter enjoys rooting for the contestants.It shows her that you can win in life due to your merit and hard work which to me is a good role modelling!

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With so many cooking shows and reality competitions on the air, The Taste has a hard job distinguishing itself from its brethren. What The Taste has going for it: The four judges are charming and funny food professionals, and it's interesting to watch them deconstruct dishes and talk about why they work or don't. In addition, everyone roots for the underdog, and watching talented home cooks make better food than even seasoned professionals is a kick.

On the other hand, The Taste judges sometimes mock contestants and their skills unkindly, which can be really hard to watch, particularly if the contestant has just finished a voiceover explaining why winning this competition is so important to them. Having non-professionals on the show is thus both a cool variation and a little bit painful. Parents who love cooking shows may want to check this one out, with or without the kids. Unless said kids are really into cooking, they probably won't be watching along with parents; there's not enough here to interest them unless food and flavors do the job alone.

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