COLOGNE, Germany – Dutch channel RTL 4 and Belgium's VTM network have jointly acquired local remake rights for The Taste, the cooking competition format which airs on ABC stateside, from Red Arrow International.
In a twist on the original format, the Benelux version of The Taste will be set up as a Dutch-Belgian co-production and feature two Dutch and two Belgian chefs competing as judges and coaches.
Culinary experts Herman den Blijker and Robert Kranenborg of the Netherlands will face off against Flemish Michelin star chefs Wout Bru and Gert De Mangeleer in the show, which Red Arrow's Belgium subsidiary Sultan Sushi will produce. The show will be produced in Dutch, or Flemish as the language is called on the Belgian side of the border.
ABC recently renewed The Taste for a second season, following a strong debut, and despite a subsequent ratings slump, for the U.S. show, which features Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. The format has been a strong seller for Red Arrow, with remake rights picked up by, among others, M6 in France, Canada's CTV and the Nine Network in Australia.