The Taste is Back for Season 3!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Taste is back on ABC for it's 3rd season! Last week was just the beginning: mentors Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain, and I all picked our teams. This week, the real competition begins. In case you missed last week's episode, you can still watch it here on ABC.the taste This year's batch of contestants is amazing (you can get to know them here), and the lineup of guest mentors/judges is unbelievable - you can expect appearances from culinary all-stars Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon, and Eric Ripert, just to name a few. Plus, we've added an exciting new twist to up the competition: a sudden death blind-tasting round, judged by our weekly guest mentors.

You can catch The Taste on Thursday nights on ABC at 8pm , and don't forget to root for #TeamMarcus!

The Taste: Episode 1 Recap

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It was so great to finally see the premiere of Season 2 of The Taste. I'm so excited to join my fellow mentors Ludo, Nigella and Anthony. All competition aside, I have to say  how grateful I am that the other mentors welcomed me with open arms! We had a blast taping together and I know that I have made three great friends.

The audition process was much more difficult than you would imagine. Half of the fun is that it is a blind tasting, so we don't know who cooked for us, but it is also the most heartbreaking. We don't know which chef-testant wants to be on which team, we don't know their personal struggles, victories or background stories. It makes the judging honest and sometimes surprising; which you'll see as the season progresses.

I couldn't be more proud of my team. I have such an eclectic mix on my team and I am excited for you to get to know them and root for them like I did. They all cook honestly, passionately and thoughtfully.

Stay tuned next Thursday as the challenges begin and make sure to follow me on twitter @marcuscooks where I will be live tweeting each episode.