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New Cast of Next Iron Chef 4

Chiarello, Burrell, Samuelsson to Compete on Next Iron Chef 4

Although it's barely been six months since Marc Forgione was named winner of the Next Iron Chef, the Food Network has already announced the cast of the next round of competitors — and it's more star-studded than ever!

Instead of featuring established restaurant chefs hoping to increase their profiles, the participants consist of well-known Food Network stars and Top Cheffers like Michael Chiarello, Anne Burrell, and Spike Mendelsohn. Even Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson is getting competitive.

To see the complete list of chefs who will duke it out to win the title of Iron Chef come Oct. 30, keep reading.

  • Michael Chiarello of Bottega, Napa, CA
  • Elizabeth Faulkner of Citizen Cake and Orson, San Francisco
  • Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and The Darby, New York City
  • Chuck Hughes of Garde Marnger, Montreal
  • Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
  • Geoffrey Zakarian of The National and The Lambs, New York City
  • Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem, New York City
  • Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery, Washington DC
  • Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef
  • Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant: Impossible

Alton Brown returns as host and Michael Symon as a judge. Joining him on the panel are UK Iron Chef Judy Joo and journalist Simon Majumdar. The cast is pretty interesting, and it makes me wonder if the world is running out of fame-seeking chefs who want to appear on reality TV. Or are these chefs simply so hungry to compete that they'll take any chance they can get? What's your take on the announcement? Will you watch?

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redmimi55 redmimi55 5 years
Looking forward to Next Iron Chef this evening! Great cast of chefs!!!:):)
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
Katie - Mario Batali has officially left the show, and has said that he isn't happy with the way the show was being run. He didn't like the trend towards celebrity judges, rather then people who actually know something about food.
BellaTorro BellaTorro 6 years
Going for Marcus Samuellson or Geoggrey Zakarian
BellaTorro BellaTorro 6 years
I loved last season cant wait for this one
millarci millarci 6 years
Awesome line up! I will definitely watch!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Sounds far more interesting than this season of Top Chef Masters.
JanetG0307 JanetG0307 6 years
oooh this season looks good, minus spike mendelson. i'm over him from my top chef viewings.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Mario hasn't been on Iron Chef for a while now...
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I just realized something: does this mean Mario Batali is no longer Iron Chef? If Anne Burrell wins the title, how could she be his sous on Iron Chef and be an Iron Chef herself?
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 6 years
I'm excited! I prefer to see big-name chefs compete on Iron Chef anyway, and there's no way this'll be a boring season with this lineup.
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