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Season 4

"The Next Iron Chef 4: Super Chefs," returns with ten of the world's most celebrated super chefs going to battle to become a member of the elite Iron Chef culinary society for Season 4. Hosted by Alton Brown and shot in Los Angeles and New York, the fourth season of the series amps up the competition to meet the elevated skills of these supreme experts—challenging their kitchen chops, mental toughness and masterful instincts.

The ten contestants are Anne Burrell ("Secrets of a Restaurant Chef," "Worst Cooks in America"); Michael Chiarello (Bottega Restaurant, Napa Valley, "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello"), Elizabeth Falkner (Citizen Cake, San Francisco, "Iron Chef America"—challenger); Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, The Darby, New York, "Alex's Day Off," "Chopped"); Chuck Hughes (Garde Manger, Montreal, "Chuck's Day Off"); Robert Irvine (Robert Irvine's eat!, Hilton Head Island, "Restaurant Impossible"); Beau MacMillan (Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, "Iron Chef America"—challenger); Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, Washington D.C., "Iron Chef America"—challenger); Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem, New York, "24 Hour Restaurant Battle," "Chopped") and Geoffrey Zakarian (The National, The Lambs Club, New York, "24 Hour Restaurant Battle," "Chopped").

This season, "The Next Iron Chef" challenges are heightened—with each episode featuring a grueling Chairman's Challenge and an intense, new element that will determine who goes home: the Secret Ingredient Showdown, which pits the two chefs at the bottom of the pack against each other in a sudden-death cook-off with only one ingredient. In the first episode, resourcefulness is tested as host Alton Brown sends the contestants to the middle of nowhere and pairs them into teams, with just two primal culinary elements in their wilderness kitchens—heat and meat. Upcoming episodes continue to push the limits with grand tasks, including a ballpark food to Iron Chef-worthy cuisine challenge at Petco Park, a battle to create a dish that represents 'New York on a plate' at Grand Central Station and a spectacular Hamptons seafood event for an elite audience. Original Next Iron Chef Michael Symon, esteemed food journalist Simon Majumdar and UK Iron Chef Judy Joo serve as judges this season.

The winner will join the ranks of chefs including Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto and Symon as a member of the Chairman's team on "Iron Chef America."

"The Next Iron Chef" Season 4 is produced by Triage Entertainment in conjunction with Food Network and is based partially on the format Iron Chef owned by Fuji Television Network, Inc.


Season 3

"The Next Iron Chef 3" returns with its fieriest season-to-date. Ten of the country's most accomplished chefs bet on their skills and put their reputations on the line for the chance to join the industry's most elite culinary society: the Iron Chefs. Hosted by Alton Brown and filmed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City, season 3 challenges the chefs' culinary skills and mental toughness as they enter a clash of culinary titans.

The ten contestants include Marco Canora (Chef & Owner of Hearth, Terrior, and Terroir TriBeca, in New York), Bryan Caswell (Chef & Owner, Reef, Stella Sola, and Little Bigs, in Houston, Texas), Maneet Chauhan (Chef at Vermillion, in Chicago and New York), Mary Dumont (Executive Chef at Harvest, in Cambridge, Massachusetts), Duskie Estes (Chef & Owner of Zazu Restaurant + Farm, Bovolo, and Black Pig Meat Co., in Sonoma County, California), Marc Forgione (Chef & Owner of Marc Forgione, in New York), Andrew Kirschner (Executive Chef of Wilshire, in Santa Monica, California), Mario Pagán (Chef & Owner of Chayote and Lemongrass, in Puerto Rico), Celina Tio (Chef & Owner of Julian, in Kansas City, Missouri), and Ming Tsai (Chef & Owner of Blue Ginger, in Wellesley, Massaschusetts).

This season, the contestants battle their way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York, for the right to compete in the finale in legendary Kitchen Stadium. Along the way, they will be challenged to showcase important "Iron Chef" attributes through their food: ingenuity, innovation, resourcefulness, transformation, respect, inspiration, seduction, and honor. Host Alton Brown puts the culinary warriors through eight grueling tests that pay homage to American cuisine. Challenges include: cooking on a desert island, catching their secret ingredients in the wild, dreaming up a 5-Star luxury menu and turning ordinary fair food into an Iron Chef worthy meal. Esteemed judges Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and cookbook author), Simon Majumdar (food writer and broadcaster), and Iron Chef Michael Symon (chef and restaurateur) critique the challenges and narrow down the competition. The final two battle for supremacy in Kitchen Stadium in the season finale. The winner joins the ranks of Symon, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Mario Batali, Cat Cora and Jose Garces and launches into instant fame as a member of the Chairman's team on "Iron Chef America."


Season 2

Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" Season 2 opens its doors once again to Kitchen Stadium to find a new culinary warrior. Hosted by Alton Brown ("Good Eats," "Iron Chef America"), the reality competition will challenge ten top chefs from around the country in a series of demanding situations, testing their culinary skills and mental toughness.

The ten contestants include: Nate Appleman (Chef/Butcher, New York, NY), Dominique Crenn (Chef de Cuisine, Luce at InterContinental San Francisco, San Francisco, CA), Brad Farmerie (Executive Chef, Double Crown, Madam Geneva, PUBLIC and The Monday Room, New York, NY), Amanda Freitag (Executive Chef, The Harrison, New York, NY), Jose Garces (Executive Chef & Owner, Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Philadelphia, PA), Eric Greenspan (Executive Chef & Owner, The Foundry on Melrose, Los Angeles, CA), Jehangir Mehta (Executive Chef & Owner, Graffiti, New York, NY), Seamus Mullen (Executive Chef & Partner, Boqueria Flatiron and Boqueria Soho, New York, NY), Holly Smith (Chef & Owner, Cafe Juanita and Poco Carretto Gelato, Kirkland, WA) and Roberto Trevio (Executive Chef & Owner, Budatai, San Juan, PR).

This season, the series will take the contestants from Los Angeles to Japan to New York to compete in the food fight of their professional lives. They will be challenged to create dishes that represent a variety of world cultures and cuisines. Whether working with exotic ingredients like jelly fish, creating their own version of international "fast food" or experiencing umami with sponsor Kikkoman, the chefs must demonstrate their speed, artistry, innovation and leadership in each dish. With the help of the judges Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and owner of acclaimed New York City restaurants davidburke&donatella and Anthos), Jeffrey Steingarten (Food Critic, Vogue, New York, NY) and Anya Fernald (Sustainable Food Consultant, San Francisco, CA) the contestants will be narrowed down until two remain to battle it out in Kitchen Stadium and earn the right to be called Iron Chef. The winner will join the ranks of Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon and be launched into instant fame as a member of the Chairmans team on "Iron Chef America."





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