Welcome to the semi-finals of the Taste. It’s the sexy on a spoon episode, friends. With only seven left, three will go home tonight, leaving four left for the final.
The judges waste no time and invite up celebrity restaurateur and mentor, Ingrid Hoffmann. I have no idea what the hell that means. The chefs have to make a seductive spoon and each chef judge has chosen 5 ingredients for their team to play with. These people are professionals–no chocolate, no oysters, oh no, none of your stereotypical Love Boat buffet goodies, no friends, it’s all class up in here.
We start the ball rolling with Lauren who lets us all know how uncomfortable she is because she made a vow of chastity and somehow doesn’t understand that she doesn’t have to actually mount a roll of salami. For the love of all purity, Lauren, just make a sexy dish. You can’t possibly be a chef if you aren’t in touch with your senses–HELLO, that’s what sensual is. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN! Ok, back to it. Nigella has chosen the following ingredients for Lauren, the sole survivor on her team: figs, pancetta, sea salt, sambuca and beef. She tells Lauren that it isn’t about sex, it’s about sensuality and that seems to calm her down a bit.
Diane is the last soldier standing on Anthony’s field. His options include caviar, prosciutto, truffles, prawns and the ever so sexy buckwheat flour. Diane can certainly cook the shit out of prawns and she knows it.
Team Ludo is going strong with 3 contestants. Like a siren who calls her sailors to the sea, he f#$king harps again on making French food. In this case, though he is right on. If you asked me the two most sensual foods, I’d say Japanese and French. Maybe that was where Bourdain was going with his buckwheat flour idea. Anyway, Ludo’s ingredients are lobster, dover sole, champagne, caviar and truffles.