Chef Marcus Samuelsson Joins ABC’s The Taste

09/10/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Marcus Samuelsson New Judge on The Taste
Monika Sziladi

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is putting on his blindfold.

The restaurant owner and cookbook author will join ABC’s The Taste along side Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre on the show’s second season.

“I am thrilled to be joining the The Taste,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m looking forward to working alongside such an esteemed group of culinary figures and discovering new talents.”

Samuelsson, 42, will replace Brian Malarkey on the cooking competition show to mentor his own team of culinary competitors who will serve their creations to the four blindfolded professional chefs—proving it’s all about taste.

“Marcus is a world-renowned chef with an infectious passion for food,” said the show’s executive producer Chris Coelen. “He’s a perfect fit to work with and compete against Anthony, Nigella and Ludo.”

The award-winning chef and Chopped judge is owner of four restaurants including New York City hot spot Red Rooster Harlem.

—Ana Calderone

FILED UNDER: Food , Marcus Samuelsson

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