Let's be real, how a chef presents their dish is important, but if your meal tastes like garbage, no one will care how many edible flourishes are placed on the plate.
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That's why ABC's new reality competition, The Taste, is so genius as aspiring culinary wizards are forced to make an impact with a single bite.
And if the heat wasn't already turned up high enough, the contestants will have to dazzle the refined palates of Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre and Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey, who also serve as team mentors!
ETonline scored an exclusive clip from Tuesday's season premiere that explains how each of the four famous foodies round out their teams.
The Taste premieres January 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC.