Channel 4 to remake “The Taste” in the UK

Food expert Nigella Lawson is to return to Channel 4, with the UK network having commissioned a British version of ABC's cooking competition format The Taste (pictured).
July 18, 2013

Channel 4 (C4) has acquired the British remake rights for ABC’s cooking competition format The Taste.

The UK version of the series will be produced by CPL Productions and star foodie judges Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre, all of whom appeared on the U.S. version.

ABC has commissioned a second season of the series in which a panel of judges oversee 16 professional and amateur cooks competing for the title of best tasting dish. The commission also marks Lawson’s return to the British broadcaster, which aired her first cooking show, Nigella Bites, in 1999.

“Channel 4 is the home of top-notch cooking shows and The Taste is the icing on the cake,” said C4′s senior VP of UK sales, Henrik Pabst, in a statement. “It brings Nigella Lawson back to Channel 4, where audiences first fell in love with her.”

Created by Red Arrow’s U.S. production arm Kinetic Content, The Taste is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Bourdain, Lawson, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux.

The Netherlands’ RTL4 and Belgium’s VTM¬† recently acquired the Benelux remake rights for The Taste. 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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