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Colin Fassnidge . Picture: Supplied.

Irish chef Colin Fassnidge will join the hit TV cooking show My Kitchen Rules.

The Dublin-born chef and restaurateur, pictured above, who once worked under Gordon Ramsay, will take his seat at the MKR judges' table when the Seven series returns in 2013.

Known for his nose-to-tail cooking philosophy, Fassnidge is excited to be joining the program and says he'll approach his role with honesty.

"If I'm judging a dish and it's no good, I'll say that. That's what I'm there for. I'm interested in seeing contestants develop and improve," Fassnidge said in a statement.

"There's no point in sugar-coating everything. That's not going to help anyone."

Fassnidge moved to Australia in 1999 and has worked at some of Sydney's most-acclaimed restaurants including Banc and est. In 2003, he took over The Four In Hand dining room, transforming its pub fare into a two-hatted restaurant.

Currently he runs the Sydney restaurant 4Fourteen.

The Australian cooking show, hosted by chefs Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, attracted 2.89 million viewers during its 2012 finale.