"Iron Chef Gauntlet" is a culinary reality competition series on the Food Network that is a fresh reboot of the fan-favorite "Iron Chef America."

Hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown, the series begins with seven extraordinary chefs competing for the chance to become an Iron Chef — each week one will rise and one will fall until a single chef is left standing, but in order to gain entry into this ultimate culinary society, one gladiator must win the Gauntlet: three rapid-succession battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon.

The contestants include Nyesha Arrington (Los Angeles, California — Executive Chef/Owner, Leona); Jason Dady (San Antonio, Texas — Executive Chef/Owner, Tre Trattoria); Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, Illinois — Executive Chef/Owner, Monteverde); Michael Gulotta (New Orleans, Louisiana — Executive Chef/Owner MOPHO); Stephanie Izard (Chicago, Illinois — Executive Chef/Owner Girl & the Goat); Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington — Executive Chef/Owner, Adana) and Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, Ohio — Executive Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern).

In the first five episodes, the competitors endure two grueling rounds of cooking starting with the Chairman's Challenge where host Alton Brown delivers a themed challenge and is the sole decision maker on the most and least successful chef. The winner then selects a competitor to join the bottom chef in the Secret Ingredient Challenge, where they must cook three dishes featuring the secret ingredient presented on the altar. A panel of rotating judges send the least successful chef home each week, while the winner is sent back to battle. In the finale, the last chef standing has the Iron Chef title in reach — but first, the chef must run the Gauntlet — three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Only if the finalist receives more points than the Iron Chefs combined will history be made, joining the coveted ranks of Iron Chefs, otherwise they will leave the kitchen in utter defeat.

In the premiere episode, Alton welcomes the seven chefs and presents the first Chairman's Challenge ingredients: an array of wild ingredients. The chefs must use their expert technique to make a top-tier dish right out of the gate. Alton determines the most and least successful dishes, and the bottom-rated chef is thrown into the deep end for a Secret Ingredient Showdown against a competitor chosen by the winner. Three culinary interpretations of the secret ingredient are presented from both chefs to judges Donatella Arpaia and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and one competitor is sent home.

Guest judges include Iron Chefs Cat Cora, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces and Alex Guarnaschelli, and food experts Ali Bouzari, Anne Burrell, Giada De Laurentiis, Anya Fernald, Ching-He Huang and Ludo Lefebvre.

"Iron Chef Gauntlet" is produced by Triage Entertainment in conjunction with Food Network and is based on the format "Iron Chef" owned by Fuji Television Network, Inc.


Network: Food Network
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: April 16, 2017
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Triage Entertainmen

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