CTV takes Canadian broadcast rights to ABC’s The Taste

CTV will debut ABC's version of the culinary competition series, featuring judges Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson, with a two-part premiere on Jan. 22 and Jan. 27.

Bell Media’s CTV has acquired the Canadian broadcast rights to ABC’s version of culinary competition series The Taste.

The news was announced Wednesday during the Television Critics Association tour.

The series will debut on CTV with a two-part premiere on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 9 p.m., before settling into its regular timeslot on Tuesdays at 8 p.m starting Jan. 29.

The Taste is a great twist on the traditional culinary series. That combined with the stellar casting and the concept is going to help satisfy Canadians’ ever-growing appetite for food-centric programming,” said CTV senior VP of programming Mike Cosentino, in a statement.

The Taste features chefs and foodie experts Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson heading a panel of judges who oversee 16 professional and amateur cooks competing for the title of best tasting dish.

The expert judging panel, which also includes chef and author Ludo Lefebvre and restauranteur Brian Malarkey, will coach teams of four competitors through a variety of team and individual challenges and elimination rounds.

CTV will air ABC’s nine-episode series order.

Sponsorship opportunities are available on the new series, according to a CTV representative.

Photo: The Taste mentors  Anthony Bourdain, Brian Malarkey, Nigella Lawson, and Ludovic Lefebvre

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