The Taste Premieres Tonight: Miami Chef Gives Us The Inside Scoop

La Diva Cucina
Miami chef Laura Lafata gives us the inside skinny on The Taste.
The Taste premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC. The show, basically The Voice with food, features a mashup of four celebrity chefs judging a host of chefs based on only one single bite of their food. As in The Voice, the four judges will not see the chefs before eating their food.

As in every prime-time competition, a show's life or death revolves around the celebrity judges and their "it" factor.

ABC's gone all out by choosing none other than Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, Top Chef: Miami alum Brian Malarkey, and Anthony Bourdain. So what can we expect from the first episode? Will Bourdain become the new Simon Cowell? Will Nigella and Ludo battle as furiously as Mariah Carey and Micki Minaj? And what about the chefs competing on the show?

We asked Laura Lafata, who owns La Diva Cucina, a private catering company based in Miami that specializes in combining team building exercises with cooking and cocktail preparation, for the inside scoop on the show. Lafata is one of the 60 contestants chosen to compete.

While Lafata has nearly 30 years experience in catering and bartending, she has no formal culinary training, so she was surprised when the call came in. "I was actually given only three days notice that I was being flown to Los Angeles for the taping."

Although Lafata would not tell us how far she advanced in the show, she did say that out of the original 60 contestants, only 16 actually move beyond the initial tasting. She did give us some insight into what the initial filming entailed.

"When I first got there, I was interviewed. They filmed us constantly. I looked around and saw that there was a lot of talent there and a lot of good looking people."

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