Want to know what it takes to win on “The Taste,” ABC television’s new cooking competition program which premiered Jan. 22?
For the show’s fourth episode, which aired Tuesday night, chef Gregg Drusinsky and the other contestants were challenged to create a dish to pair with Alamos Malbec, an Argentinian wine known for its food-friendly qualities.
The TV series requires the panel of mentors — Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey — to judge the competitors’ dishes blind with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling or what they’re eating.
Winning the challenge was Drusinsky’s dish, Five-Spice Crusted Short Rib With Eggplant and Miso Black Garlic Jus.
Among the dish’s more exotic ingredients are maitake mushrooms, a dark brownish-gray cultivated mushroom also known as hen of the woods, and ground bonito flakes. A bonito is a small, strong-flavored tuna. Many Japanese dishes use the dried form, called katsuobushi, according to “The New Food Lover’s Companion.”