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

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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