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

Lafata said that she and the other contestants never got to meet or talk with the judges before cooking for them, although she and the other hopefuls were given full tours of the kitchens that they were to work in beforehand. "We were given a list of ingredients in the pantry and a certain amount of money in which to shop for proteins and other components, so were were prepared when the cameras started rolling."

As she was cooking for the judges, Lafata said the cameramen were asking her questions like "what do you think of all these younger chefs". Four chefs cooked at the same time, while "extras" were used to scurry about the kitchen to make it look like there was more activity on set.

Each chef was tasked with creating six "bites" of food on Asian soup spoons, along with a sample plate to photograph.

Then, one by one, the chefs were put into a cubicle while the judges blind-tasted their food. "You can't see anything in that cubicle. But you can hear the judges decide your fate. They're tasting your food and talking about whether they want you for their team."

Lafata said that what she did see was the faces of all the rejected chefs. "As you're waiting your turn, you just see the faces of these poor bastards after they're shot down. Almost everyone didn't make it."

We asked Lafata to tell us one shocker that we'd never, expect to see on The Taste. "I think you're going to be surprised by who the evil one is."

Could this mean that Lawson is the real Simon Cowell and Anthony Bourdain will twirl in his seat ala Paula Abdul? Guess we'll have to tune in tonight to watch.

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