'Taste' judge: We drank on set because of the stress
Ludo Lefebvre says judges weren't expecting show to be so emotional, competitive
"Taste" judge Ludo Lefebvre confesses that his emotional attachment to the contestants grew so stressful during eliminations that it drove him and his co-stars to drink excessively. The sharp-tongued chef was known as the resident villain during his Season 1 stint on "Top Chef Masters," but he's showing a softer side now that he's on the judging panel of the newest ABC reality competition show.
As the mentor to four aspiring chefs on "The Taste," Lefebvre has found himself more attached to the contestants than he ever thought he would be. And to make matters worse, the blind taste-test component of the program meant that, if he decided to cast off a particular dish, it would very well be own of his own team members. To deal with the stress of the competition, Lefebvre tells TV Guide that he and his fellow judges, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Anthony Bourdain, snuck in spirits to help deal with their emotions.
He admits, "I was not expecting this show to be so emotional and to be so competitive. Oh, my God. I thought I was back on "Top Chef Masters" or "Iron Chef." Here we go again! It was a challenge. Nigella, I know, was so stressed sometimes on the set that she'd come to my trailer, and we'd do a shot of tequila, Don Julio. With Tony, too, sometimes we drank some bourbon. Tony also liked gin and tonics. Brian drank a lot of beer. So yeah, we all drank."
The Taste" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
I tried to watch this rip off of "The Voice" but was bored to tears. It almost caused me to drink...but I changed the channel before permanent damage was done. Pull this show and its "wanna be" "stars" before you lose more viewers.
Bad move ABC, bad move.