The Taste: An Exclusive Q&A with Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain

On location at ABC Studios, the Clever Cookstr interviews Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain, judges and executive producers of The Taste. Learn more about the new season of the ultimate cooking competition, how to navigate holiday entertaining, and what's coming up for these celebrity chefs. 

Kara Rota
2-minute read
Episode #30


Welcome to the Clever Cookstr, your ultimate window into the kitchens of the world’s best cooks.

We’re so thrilled today to be recording on location from the set of ABC’s cooking competition, The Taste, where home cooks and professional chefs compete side by side to create incredible dishes. Once the clock runs out, each dish has a single opportunity - literally just one bite - to impress the panel of experts. 

Last week we talked to two of the experts, chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Ludo Lefebvre. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this Q&A series.

Today, we’re speaking with Nigella Lawson, a Taste judge and internationally bestselling author of Nigella Express, Feast, and How to be a Domestic Goddess.

We’re also joined by Anthony Bourdain, a fellow judge on The Taste and host of the hugely popular CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. He’s also the author of the bestselling book Kitchen Confidential

Click the arrow in the player above to listen to the entire episode. Or download the episode from iTunes and learn:

  • What sets The Taste apart from other cooking competitions.

  • Nigella and Anthony's tips for entertaining: How to be an excellent host and an even better guest.

  • The tricks of successful food writing.

  • Nigella and Anthony's favorite secret ingredients.

  • Foods that should be banned from the kitchen.

  • And much, much more!

Click the arrow in the player above to listen to the entire episode. Or download the episode from iTunes and listen to the exclusive interview!


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About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.