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You Ready For The Next Iron Chef?

Somewhere along the line, Food Network changed its programming from cooking to reality tv. If you don't believe me, then just check out the new publicity stunt show that's premiering on October 7th. The show is called "The Next Iron Chef" and they're looking for, well, the next Iron Chef - as in someone to join Flay, Batali, Cora and Morimoto. However unlike the Next Food Network Star, the contestants actually represent some of the nations hottest culinary talents. Bob Tuschman (Food Network's Senior VP of Programming and Production) says:

"In our quest, we are looking for an individual to complement the current group and bring a unique blend of innovation, creativity and passion to the show."

The show will be hosted by Alton Brown (who I hope will be less pissy than he was on NFNS), and will be judged by 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).

To see who the eight competitors are,

  • John Besh (New Orleans, LA) Executive Chef, Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Luke and La Provence
  • Chris Cosentino (San Francisco, CA) Executive Chef, Incanto
  • Jill Davie (Santa Monica, CA) Executive Chef, JOSIE
  • Traci Des Jardins (San Francisco, CA) Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Jardiniere, Mijita and Acme Chophouse
  • Gavin Kaysen (San Diego, CA) Chef de Cuisine, El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn
  • Morou Ouattara (Washington, DC) Executive Chef & Owner, Farrah Olivia
  • Aaron Sanchez (New York, NY) Executive Chef & Owner, Centrico and Paladar
  • Michael Symon (Cleveland, OH) Executive Chef & Owner, Lola and Lolita

I don't know about you guys, but this is one reality cooking show that I'm actually interested in.

Source: PR Newswire

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mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
sounds cool. i'll be tuning in.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I think any change to this show is a bad idea, atm.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 9 years
I agree with Tygr Tygr....Aaron Sanchez! Bobby Flay has skills in southwestern cuisine, but Aaron was one of the pioneers of the Nuevo Latino trend a few years ago. He also was part of a group of chefs that had a show on Food Network, and has made many guest appearances. I'll watch this because Iron Chef America is about the food, not the personality of the person cooking (like NFNS). I couldn't get into the original Iron Chef, but I really enjoy Iron Chef America. Go Aaron!!
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
I never could get into Iron Chef America since I was too hurt that they stopped airing the original.
ktjones ktjones 9 years
I cannot wait...I love to watch Iron Chef!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
While I don't particularly like the idea of this...I know I'll watch it. I'm hopelessly addicted to the food network.
shopzilla shopzilla 9 years
I love Alton Brown and I love Iron Chef America so I am excited for this show. Hope it doesn't disappoint.
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 9 years
I'm in love with John Besh and his cooking!
llendril llendril 9 years
i really love the idea of this i'm kind of a sucker for food reality shows, though
Food Food 9 years
jenny - i don't know about the others, but i know that chris cosentino battled batali (he lost by 2 points), as did traci des jardins who won. I'm assuming the rest have probably been on the show, but haven't looked it up.
Jennywoo Jennywoo 9 years
If they are going to have this contest at all it would be way more interesting to compile a group of chef's who have competed and won on iron chef america.
Livience Livience 9 years
I haven't seen NFNS, but I LOVE "Good Eats." I will always love Alton Brown for being a foodie nerd. :) I love "Iron Chef America," too, so I might take a peek at this show to see if it's any good. Anyone know if any of the contestants have battled against any of the Iron Chefs (or even some of the OG Japanese Iron Chefs) before?
skiwi skiwi 9 years
i'm definitely looking forward to watching this show but why are the contenders all from America? There's already an American Iron Chef (Bobby Flay)!
chellebaby chellebaby 9 years
This excites me! I love Iron Chef!
millarci millarci 9 years
This show doesn't spark my interest at all. Iron Chef American should be exclusive to the chefs on Food Network, because it is an elite group of chefs. They have spent many years not only as a professional chef but a chef on Food Network. Plus, after watching NFNS, Alton Brown is no longer one of my favorite FN hosts.
TygrTygr TygrTygr 9 years
OOOOH! Aaron Sanchez!!!! Pleasepleaseplease!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
This could be kind of cool except I don't even watch Iron Chef to begin with.
Dianne Dianne 9 years
I guess I don't really understand why they are creating a new show for this. Isn't Iron Chef America already about having a new contender go up against an existing Iron Chef?
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