Don’t you just love the Iron Chef? What a concept — creative, food, intense, drama, food.
It’s back with a delicious vengence and a slightly different playbill. Here’s the scoop:
The series premiers Sunday, October 7, at 9pm ET/PT on the Food Network. Top culinary talent from across the country battle to join the ranks of Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay & Masaharu Morimoto.
Food Network cranks up the burners and the steakes in Kitchen Stadium with The Next Iron Chef, a new reality show that will award one chef with the world’s most coveted culinary title: Iron Chef. Eight top chefs from around the country will compete and be launched into instant fame.
The eight contestants are:
John Besh (Executive Chef, Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Lake and La Provence, New Orleans, LA);
Chris Cosentino (Executive Chef, Incanto, San Francisco, CA);
Jill Davie (Executive Chef, JOSIE, Santa Monica, CA);
Traci Des Jardins (Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Jardiniare, Mijita and Acme Chophouse, San Francisco, CA);
Gavin Kaysen (Chef de Cuisine, El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA);
Morou Ouattara (Executive Chef & Owner, Farrah Olivia, Washington, DC);
Aaron Sanchez (Executive Chef & Owner, Centrico and Paladar, New York, NY), and
Michael Symon (Executive Chef & Owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland, OH).
The six episodes will take the contestants from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY to Europe with the help of international airline Lufthansa to compete in the food fight of their professional lives.
Over the course of the show, the judges Michael Ruhlman (James Beard Foundation Award-winning author, cookbook author and food writer), Andrew Knowlton (Restaurant Editor of Bon Appetit magazine) and Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and owner of acclaimed New York City restaurants davidburke&donatella and Anthos) will ask the chefs to demonstrate their speed, artistry, flair for simplicity, innovation, resourcefulness, creativity under pressure and leadership skills as they strive to attain greatness in the form of becoming America’s Next Iron Chef.
The episode dates and details are:
Episode 1 Sunday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT
In the season premiere, the chefs arrive at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where they are greeted by the Chairman and host Alton Brown, who gives them their first two tests: Speed and Artistry.
For speed, the chefs compete to see who has the fastest knife in the kitchen as they work their way through an obstacle course of food. Next, the chefs must push the limits of culinary artistry and create a dessert without using butter or sugar and also including a very unique ingredient.
Then, the judges eliminate the first contestant.
Episode 2 Sunday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT
Host Alton Brown gives the chefs their next two tests: Simplicity and Innovation. For the first challenge, the chefs must produce one flavor-packed bite that reveals everything about their culinary style and personality.
Then, the chefs take innovative food to a new level when special guest Wiley Dufresne arrives at the Culinary Institute of America to inspire the chefs to blend science, art and food.
Using an array of powders, compounds and high-tech tools, the chefs must prepare three cutting-edge dishes for the judges. After deliberating, the judges eliminate another chef.
Episode 3 Sunday, October 21 at 9pm ET/PT
Host Alton Brown gives the chefs their next test: Resourcefulness. Starting at the Culinary Institute of America, the chefs secretly select ingredients for one another out of a harvest of wild ingredients. They are taken outdoors to a location with meager supplies and cooking equipment where they must create a delicious meal that demonstrates their ability to create amazing food on the fly. Back at the CIA, the judges inform the chefs that two of them will be eliminated.
Episode 4 Sunday, October 28 at 9pm ET/PT
The remaining four chefs learn that they will be traveling overseas with international air carrier Lufthansa to Germany for this week’s challenge. After arriving in Munich, host Alton Brown reveals their next test: Create Under Pressure. At Munich airport, the chefs are taken to Lufthansa’s catering facilities, LSG Sky Chefs, where they learn that their next challenge is to create the ultimate first-class meal for passengers that will be flying on the airline’s new Airbus A 380, a modern luxury double-decker plane. Then, the judges eliminate another chef.
There are two more episodes in November which I will reveal later in October.
I have to say that I met Aaron Sanchez last year at the Tucson Culinary Festival and he’s a HUNK.
I also wonder how much of this is staged? I don’t have cable so if you watch the segments come back and let us know how the shows went. It beats watching Desperate Housewives.