Reality roundup: Foodies savour 'The Taste'

SAMANTHA O'CONNOR, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:55 PM ET

This week's reality TV roundup:

May the best chef win:

Professional chefs, food truck owners, home cooks and food stylists from all over America served their most important spoonful to date on the two-hour season premiere of The Taste this week. Four food experts – ‘the original culinary gangster’ Anthony Bourdain; British food star Nigella Lawson; aggressive chef Ludo Lefebvre and ‘culinary citizen of the world,’ Marcus Samuelsson - all chose four chefs to join their teams by only tasting a bite of what they had prepared. Highlights of the night included Lee, a 27-year-old waiter who had all four judges fighting over him and his poached lobster. In the end, he chose Bourdain (“the Keith Richards of food”) to be his mentor through the competition. Don, a Texas winemaker pulled at heartstrings with his story when he explained that he had stopped cooking once his wife of 41 years began to lose her fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease and couldn’t swallow, but regained his love after she had passed, in her memory. Don earned himself a spot on Marcus’ team with his Texan Tai oysters. Eclectic health guru, Cassandra became the first vegan in the competition when she won over Ludo with her vegan cupcakes, a feat not easy to do. Ludo just may be the French Gordon Ramsay, with has passionate, yet aggressive temper. The premiere ended with the top 16 chosen. Get your taste buds ready.

Cake Boss delivers munchy-filled treat to Willie Nelson: Buddy Valastro started the year out on a sweet note after the acclaimed baker and his team of decorators were asked to make a cake for Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday. Buddy proclaimed how big of a Willie fan he is, by rocking his red bandana to pay homage to the country legend. But the task wasn’t to create just any old cake. Willie’s daughter Amy wanted the dessert to replicate Willie’s Trigger – the guitar he has been playing since 1974. To poke fun at the star, the decorators packed the cake full of munchies, including pretzels, chips and popcorn. But just when Buddy got excited about meeting his country idol, he was reminded that his wife was being honoured by the Make A Wish Foundation on that same night. With his priorities in check, Buddy headed to his wife’s event, sending his decorators and a cardboard cut-out of himself to the Willie show to

Deliver the cake. What a sweet guy!

Dinner party goes horribly wrong: Meow! Things got testy on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week when Lisa Vanderpump hosted a dinner to mend things with Joyce Giraud, who had felt attacked by “The Dream Team” at the ladies’ last sit-down. In usual reality-TV fashion, things got horribly worse. The claws came out when Brandi Glanville unleashed f-bombs at Joyce and her husband at the suave SUR restaurant. There was an upside to the episode however, when Yolanda and her husband, Canadian record producer David Foster, celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary by exchanging love letters and nude photos. Just another day in Beverly Hills.

98 Degrees turn up the heat:

The three-week a cappella series, The Sing-Off, hosted by Nick Lachey kept us entertained leading up to the holiday. The group singing competition ended on a high note last week with a two-hour season finale by crowning country group, Home Free as the fourth season winners. The Minnesota-based group took home $100,000 and a recording contract from Sony Music. With some Christmas carols, a duet with Jewel and a surprise reunion of 98 Degrees, the finale ended had us singing into the New Year.

Quote of the Week:

“We’re looking forward to getting back to work and making some funny shows. It’s a New Year, we’re starting over again” – Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson

New Additions:

Survivor lovebirds, Boston Rob and Amber are expecting their fourth child and Jersey Shore’s JWoww is expecting her first.

Reality Engagements:

America’s Next Top Model Analeigh Tipton, Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada and The City star Olivia Palermo have all gotten engaged this week.

Upcoming Seasons:

The Bachelor, American Idol, Duck Dynasty, Teen Mom 2 and Real World all return with new seasons this month.

 


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