March 12, 2013 07:43 PM by Shayla Perry
After a super sizzling (and super short) season, it’s time for the finale of ABC‘s latest reality show, The Taste. Which of the four celebrity mentors will have their contestant walk away with the win? And which of them almost gets their chef eliminated??
With Nigella Lawson‘s chefs now out of the competition, it’s down to Khristianne, Diane, Sarah, and Gregg, to pull off a win for their mentors, Ludo Lefebvre, Brian Malarkey, and the incomparable Anthony Bourdain.
For the final Team Taste, the contestants will be making tapas for acclaimed chef Jose Andres, under the watchful eye of their mentors.
Each chef will be responsible for making 3 spoons each in just one hour, creating tapas bites that feature at least one of the three special ingredients. The worst cook will be eliminated
Khristianne is feeling quite confident, having dined at Jose’s Las Vegas restaurant several times, and apparently being a pseudo stalker.
Will Anthony Bourdain’s strategy of straying from Spanish food pay off for Diane?
As the clock winds down, Ludo is concerned about Gregg’s spoons, which he feels lack taste…and, well, it IS the title of the show, so that’s something he’s gonna want to take care of.
With no time left on the clock, Jose returns to the kitchen, blindly tasting each of the 12 spoons.
So far, Khristianne is on cloud 9, with Jose complimenting 2 of her 3 spoons. Things aren’t looking so good for Diane, whose mentor’s suggestion to add tomato to a spoon could cost her (Bourdain!).
Surprisingly, despite having a few good comments from Andres, it’s Gregg who’s sent home before the next phase of the competition.
Now, it’s all down to the final three. And to cheer them on…their closest friends and family members enter the studio.
For the final Solo Taste Test, each contestant will once again be challenged with 3 separate dishes, but this time they’ll have 2 hours to work, and the best part of all (especially for Khristianne) — they’ll also have the help of Jose Andres. Well, that “help” actually turned out to be Jose trying to mess with their minds while they cooked.
Sarah’s chosen a rather complicated menu, as well as Diane. Jose warns that she’s trying to put too much on each spoon, but unlike the other challenges, she’s decided not to listen to what he says and goes with her gut.
Home cook Sarah finishes before the two pros. Is this a sign?
The contestants and their loved ones watch from above as the judges taste each spoon. All of the contestants have at least one “perfect” spoon. But which one will be named the winner.
After much deliberation — in front of the chefs’ family members — the judges finally lock in their decisions.
The third place winner is Sarah, who we really thought could’ve won since everyone seemed to love all three of her spoons. In second place is Diane, which makes Khristianne the Season 1 winner of The Taste. We’re sure Charlie Sheen is proud.
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