Chopped Canada has a new host for its upcoming third season: Brad Smith, known to TV viewers as the first Bachelor Canada and to football fans as a wide receiver in the CFL.

Following in the footsteps of Dean McDermott, who hosted for seasons one and two, Smith reveals he’s an avid foodie who regularly watches Food Network Canada.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining Chopped Canada and to work alongside such an esteemed roster of celebrity chefs,” said Smith in the announcement. “I’m an avid viewer of Food Network and I’m excited to take my career to new heights on the network’s #1 series. I’m competitive by nature and I can’t wait to see what these chefs will cook up to compete, while tackling challenges along the way.”

Production is already underway on the new season, a whopping 31 episodes that will feature a mouth-watering array of new twists, including a food truck showdown, a Chopped Canada teen tournament and the return of fan-favourite contestants from past seasons who’ll have a chance to redeem themselves in the kitchen arena.

Brad Smith isn’t the only new addition to Chopped Canada. Also joining the show in season three is celebrity chef, author, and TV personality Mark McEwan. One of Canada’s most respected chefs and restaurateurs, McEwan is no stranger to Food Network Canada, having previously served for four seasons as judge on Top Chef Canada. He’ll join returning Chopped Canada judges Lynn Crawford, John Higgins, Antonio Park, Anne Yarymowich, Eden Grinshpan, Massimo Capra, Michael Smith, Susur Lee and Roger Mooking as they weigh in on the culinary skills of 120 competitors from every corner of Canada.

The third season of Chopped Canada will air on Food Network Canada later this year.

Until then, episodes air Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada — and you can also watch full episodes online.