“The Taste” becomes cross-border competition in Benelux

The Netherlands' RTL4 and Belgium's VTM will jointly remake cooking competition show The Taste (pictured), starring Dutch and Belgian culinary experts and chefs.
May 28, 2013

The Netherlands’ RTL4 and Belgium’s VTM have jointly picked up the remake rights for cooking competition show The Taste (pictured) from Red Arrow International.

Produced by Red Arrow subsidiary Sultan Sushi, the Dutch-Belgian coproduction will pit Dutch culinary experts Herman den Blijker and Robert Kranenborg against Flemish Michelin star chefs Wout Bru and Gert De Mangeleer in a cross-border culinary showdown.

The series will begin airing on both networks this fall.

Created by┬áSanta Monica-based Kinetic Content, The Taste originally aired in the U.S. on ABC and starred Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey as the celebrity chef mentors for teams of cooks vying to win the title of America’s best tasting dish. It is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson.

Other international networks that have picked up the series include REN TV in Russia, CTV in Canada, Fox in India, Australia’s Nine Network and M6 in France.

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