I've been getting caught up on The Taste UK this weekend, and while overall I don't think either version of the show ranks very high for me - I've just realized that thus far of the 3 seasons (2 US and 1 UK), all the winners are (or will be as the UK's finale hasn't aired) women.
I don't think it's relevant to compare that to a show like Top Chef that's only professionals (and thus a profession where there's still a large imbalance of male/female chefs) - but at this point I just think it's interesting. If anything, I do think that it says a little bit to me that there may be either conscious (direct judges/producers putting a finger on the scale) or subconscious (judges being subtly swayed about what's a worse offense in that particularly moment) decisions being made about who goes home in competitions to keep some kind of male/female contestant balance in place.
Don't know if anyone else has any thoughts on this or it's just a throw away observation. I will say that the UK version's pace is far more tolerable. The US version going to 2 hours has made the whole show just take far too long.