The BEST Episodes of The Taste

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

Four culinary masters get down to what really matters, The Taste! Starring Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre & Brian Malarkey.

Go Green

#1 - Go Green

Season 2 - Episode 5

Everyone is shocked when a cook mysteriously decides to leave the competition; when faced with a vegetarian challenge, the teams prepare dishes that include curry and pasta.

star 8.71
24 votes
Street Food

#2 - Street Food

Season 2 - Episode 4

The teams create dishes inspired by street food.

star 8.70
23 votes
Finale:  Triple Threat

#3 - Finale: Triple Threat

Season 1 - Episode 8

The final four contestants each present three dishes to the judges; after an elimination, the remaining contestants must prepare their most decadent dish in hope of wowing the judges and claiming the grand prize.

star 8.68
22 votes
The Sweetest Thing

#4 - The Sweetest Thing

Season 2 - Episode 6

The cooks create desserts with combinations of fruity, sweet and savory ingredients; guest judge Christina Tosi; six contestants advance.

star 8.55
20 votes
Guilty Pleasures

#5 - Guilty Pleasures

Season 2 - Episode 3

The contestants put their own spin on dishes favored by the mentors; two cooks are sent home; guest judge Aaron Sanchez.

star 8.44
25 votes

#6 - Seduction

Season 1 - Episode 7

The seven semi-finalists must seduce the judges with a single, sumptuous spoonful of their latest dish; three cooks are eliminated.

star 8.41
22 votes
Comfort Food

#7 - Comfort Food

Season 1 - Episode 3

The mentors work with teams of four cooks to create comfort food dishes; two contestants are eliminated.

star 8.38
24 votes
The Art of the Sandwich

#8 - The Art of the Sandwich

Season 1 - Episode 5

As the contestants are tasked with creating the perfect sandwich, tensions rise among the judges; chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone serve as guest judges.

star 8.35
23 votes
My Life on a Plate

#9 - My Life on a Plate

Season 2 - Episode 2

Each mentor shares memories of food that reminds him or her of home, then assigns the team a dish to give a personal spin; two contestants are eliminated.

star 8.34
29 votes
Daring Pairings

#10 - Daring Pairings

Season 1 - Episode 4

Each team must use five unique ingredients as it tries to create the best dish; each contestant has to prepare a dish that pairs best with a selected wine.

star 8.31
26 votes
Auditions (2)

#11 - Auditions (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

Professional and amateur chefs compete in the first round of blind taste tests.

star 8.29
24 votes
Nose to Tail

#12 - Nose to Tail

Season 1 - Episode 6

The contestants are pushed out of their culinary comfort zones when asked to not waste any parts of an animal; Greg Morin and David McMillan serve as guest judges.

star 8.22
23 votes
The Auditions

#13 - The Auditions

Season 2 - Episode 1

Cooks compete in the first round of blind taste tests.

star 8.20
35 votes
Good With Beer

#14 - Good With Beer

Season 2 - Episode 7

The cooks go to restaurants in Los Angeles for beer and food pairings; a challenge determines which cooks move on to the finale.

star 8.20
20 votes
Auditions (1)

#15 - Auditions (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

Professional and amateur chefs compete in the first round of blind taste tests.

star 8.17
36 votes
Under the Sea

#16 - Under the Sea

Season 3 - Episode 2

Contestants prepare dishes from the sea, including steamed fish, seafood stew and shellfish in miso broth. Eric Ripert is the guest judge.

star 7.84
19 votes
The Finale

#17 - The Finale

Season 2 - Episode 8

The four remaining cooks must create dishes inspired by ingredients that include liver, tripe and scallops; chef Jacques Pepin serves as a guest judge.

star 7.81
21 votes
Happy New Year

#18 - Happy New Year

Season 3 - Episode 4

It’s a new year and there’s a new battle brewing in the kitchen when the remaining cooks are tasked with making delicious dishes bursting with decadent and elevated flavors with ingredients like champagne, shellfish and caviar. Chef Michael Symon is guest judge.

star 7.33
6 votes
Happy Holidays

#19 - Happy Holidays

Season 3 - Episode 3

The 13 remaining cooks compete in a holiday-theme challenge that features dishes based on fowl and spiced chocolate desserts. Naomi Pomeroy is the guest judge.

star 7.31
16 votes
Auditions & Childhood

#20 - Auditions & Childhood

Season 3 - Episode 1

The home cooks and professional chefs compete in a childhood-inspired challenge; a competitor is sent home; guest judge Stephanie Izard.

star 7.29
17 votes
Bring the Heat

#21 - Bring the Heat

Season 3 - Episode 6

The contestants are challenged to turn up the heat with spicy dishes such as Szechuan pepper and pork. Two cooks are eliminated, identifying which contestants will compete in the season finale. Andy Ricker is the guest chef.

star 7.25
4 votes
The Finale

#22 - The Finale

Season 3 - Episode 7

The mentors give the final five cooks their final challenge: to create dishes with two opposite ideas and culinary concepts. Then, the winner is chosen.

star 7.00
8 votes

#23 - Latin

Season 3 - Episode 5

A Latin-flavored show has contestants creating ceviche, tacos and more. Javier Plascencia is the guest mentor.

star 6.50
4 votes