Taste TV

Tasting success: 'Money Hungry' puts palates to the test

Actor Kal Penn to host "Money Hungry"

Actor Kal Penn to host "Money Hungry"
They say that every great bite strikes the perfect balance between heat, fat and the five tastes: bitter, salty, sour, sweet and savory "deliciousness," otherwise known as umami. Our taste receptors and sense of smell determine how we perceive flavors, and the ability to deconstruct a recipe to identify its individual components is important for top chefs and wine connoisseurs. That's why the words "refined palate" are frequently tossed around, but it's a skill that comes easy to about a quarter of the population, according to a study from Oxford University, which found that some people have more sensitive palates that make them natural "super tasters." Super tasters would do well on a new Food Netwo...