Kitchen Daily had the opportunity to speak with Renatta Lindsey and Micah Kasman, the first two contestants to head home from ABC's latest culinary challenge, The Taste. The fresh reality cooking show asks professional chefs and home cooks to prepare dishes to be eaten in one bite.
Like most cooking competitions, the short time span given to prepare a meal continues to be one of the greatest challenges for contestants on The Taste. "It was a pretty fast-paced, intense experience [especially] being a home cook," said Micah. Renatta adds, "When you are in your kitchen cooking and you are just doing what you love, you are not on a time schedule. When you are looking at that hour [on the show], you think you have all the time in the world, and you don’t."
Even with the strict time limits, Renatta, accustomed to cooking large portions for many visitors to her home, found herself with tons of left-over food. "You were cooking portions of food that you didn’t even have to cook," she says. "You cook these huge portions, then you have to place it on that little spoon."
That "little spoon" was also one of the biggest challenges for the contestants who try to conceptualize what they want the judges to taste first and plate it accordingly. "You look at that spoon, and you start to think a lot about that spoon," Renatta says.
Both Renatta and Micah admit that the competition was intense but Renatta explains that the competitiveness calmed down off-camera. "When you are on that camera, it is definitely about the competition, but once it’s a wrap you can kind of release, let that go, and enjoy yourself," she says. "When I sit back and I watch the [other contestants on the show], I would say to myself, 'they are not like that at all,' but competitiveness brings a certain nature out of people."
Check out the slideshow above to learn some of Renatta and Micah's favorite cooking secrets and tricks, and tune into ABC's The Taste tonight at 8/7c.