The Next Iron Chef
The Next Iron Chef, is a limited-run series on the Food Network, airing its fifth season in 2012. Each season is a stand-alone competition to select a chef to be designated an Iron Chef, who will appear on the Food Network program Iron Chef America.In Season 1, eight chefs from around the United States battled to be the next Iron Chef. The show debuted Sunday, October 7, 2007, and the hosts were Alton Brown and "The Chairman", Mark Dacascos. Challenges one through five of the competition were held at the Culinary Institute of America. Challenges six and seven took place in Munich, Germany and Paris, France respectively. The final challenge took place at the Food Network studios in New York City, on the Iron Chef America set. The winner of The Next Iron Chef was Cleveland restaurant chef Michael Symon.Season 2 premiered on October 4, 2009, and featured ten chefs battling to be the newest Iron Chef. The show was based in Los Angeles before traveling to Tokyo for two episodes, and again hosted by Alton Brown and "The Chairman" Mark Dacascos. Following a final battle in Kitchen Stadium, Chicago-born Ecuadorian-American chef Jose Garces, was selected the newest Iron Chef. Garces debuted as an Iron Chef on January 17, 2010, when he squared off against Seattle chef Rachel Yang.The Next Iron Chef featuring Mario Batali and Bobby Flay has one or more episodes free on Food Network, available for purchase on iTunes, available for purchase on Google Play, and 2 others. It's a reality show with 38 episodes over 5 seasons. The Next Iron Chef is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.7 (551 votes).
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Season 1Food Network | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Oct 8, 2007
Speed and Artistry Oct 8, 2007 Alton Brown and the Chairman greet the contestants who wish to be the Next Iron Chef. After they explore their surroundings (the Culinary Institute of America), they are given their first two tests.
S01 E02Oct 15, 2007
Simplicity and Innovation Oct 15, 2007 Alton assigns the chefs their next tasks: simplicity and innovation. The chefs must create one perfect bite that reveals their culinary viewpoint.
S01 E03Oct 22, 2007
Resourcefulness Oct 22, 2007 The chefs have to learn all about resourcefulness in their next test.
S01 E04Oct 29, 2007
Create Under Pressure Oct 29, 2007 The remaining four chefs travel to Germany for their next challenge.
S01 E05Nov 5, 2007
Lead & Inspire Nov 5, 2007 The last three chefs fly to Paris for the next challenge: Lead & Inspire.
S01 E06Nov 12, 2007
Attain Greatness Nov 12, 2007 The Next Iron Chef is revealed in this final test held in Kitchen Stadium.
Season 2Food Network | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Oct 5, 2009
Fearlessness Oct 5, 2009 In the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef, ten chefs arrive in Los Angeles to compete in a series of globally-inspired cooking challenges that will test their abilities to master culinary styles from around the world. The chefs are greeted by host Alton Brown (Iron Chef America, Good Eats), who gives them their first two tests: Memory and Fearlessness. For Memory, the chefs are asked to use an ingredient that has played a significant role in their lives to create a dish that expresses their culinary style and heritage. Next, the chefs are assigned exotic ingredients from around the world that test their iron wills and stomachs. They must showcase their fearless nature through their approach in using these ingredients as the centerpiece of two dishes. The first chef is then eliminated.
S02 E02Oct 12, 2009
Interpretation Oct 12, 2009 Host Alton Brown gives the nine remaining chefs their next two challenges: Simplicity and Interpretation. In the first challenge, the chefs are asked to use a variety of one-pot cooking devices from around the world to make a family-style dish. The chefs judge one another and reveal who cooked both the most successful and the least successful creations using the ethnic cooking vessels. Next, the chefs are asked to reinvent classic "international" dishes to see who can create an Iron Chef-worthy interpretation of some of the best-known dishes in the world. The next chef is eliminated.
S02 E03Oct 19, 2009
Innovation Oct 19, 2009 Host Alton Brown explains that Innovation is one of the most important traits of an Iron Chef and both challenges in this episode must embody that trait. First, the chefs disperse to four of the best Asian eateries in Los Angeles where they quickly taste and then attempt to recreate the house specialty from each restaurant. The chefs are armed only with their discerning palates to figure out how the dish is made. Next, the chefs are tasked with innovating and creating a new dish that is a hybrid of Asian flavors and American culinary sensibilities. The next chef is eliminated.
S02 E04Oct 26, 2009
Adaptability Oct 26, 2009 An Iron Chef must adapt to a secret ingredient that is revealed just moments before cooking. For their next test, host Alton Brown asks the remaining seven chefs endure a tough test of Adaptability. The chefs have 90 minutes to prepare a savory and sweet duo of Mexican-inspired dishes and a creative beverage that successfully utilizes a secret ingredient flown in from Mexico on American Airlines. At the iconic Grand Central Market, the chefs shop for additional indigenous ingredients to effectively capture the heart and soul of Mexican cooking. They are judged on how well they adapt the secret ingredient to their culinary creations. One chef is eliminated.
S02 E05Nov 2, 2009
Pressure Nov 2, 2009 The six remaining competitors meet acclaimed Indian chef, Suvir Saran, and begin their next test: Pressure. First, the chefs have 30 minutes to capture the essence and balance of Indian fare in just one bite. Then, the chefs attend a Bollywood-style gala to gain a true understanding of the traditional foods and culture of India. With this knowledge, they then have two hours to prepare a five-course Indian feast judged for the authenticity, flavor, drama, and theatrical presentation of the food. Two chefs are eliminated, and the remaining chefs learn they will head to the airport and travel on American Airlines to one of the great culinary hotspots in the world – Tokyo, Japan.
S02 E06Nov 9, 2009
Umami (Deliciousness) Nov 9, 2009 The four remaining chefs board an American Airlines flight and travel to Tokyo, Japan. The chefs begin a culinary adventure into the world of umami (a Japanese term for 'delicious' that is used to describe the fifth taste). First the chefs arrive at a traditional Japanese yakitori grill restaurant where they are asked to use Kikkoman soy sauce to infuse umami into their dishes and enhance the flavor profiles of a variety of ingredients. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto arrives as a surprise judge for this test. Then the chefs travel through Tokyo to the most renowned culinary academy in the city where they meet Dr. Yukio Hattori, the original Iron Chef Japanese culinary commentator. Dr. Hattori opens the doors to his academy where the chefs are challenged to use different cooking styles in a test that highlights the five tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. The next chef is eliminated.
S02 E07Nov 16, 2009
Integrity Nov 16, 2009 The final three chefs undergo a test of Integrity, and how they can honor both personal integrity and integrity of ingredients. At the most famous fish market in the world, Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, the chefs race to gather ingredients to prepare their version of the most revered and traditional Japanese meal known as kaiseki. This kaiseki meal is filtered through each chef’s unique culinary personality. This traditional Japanese cooking style consists of an elaborately choreographed tasting menu with extreme attention focused on the beauty of each plate and the seasonality of the ingredients. One chef is eliminated, and the last two standing prepare for the final battle in Kitchen Stadium.
Season 3Food Network | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Oct 4, 2010
Ingenuity Oct 4, 2010 Secret Ingredient Challenge (Secret Ingredient: Bread): Make a sandwich expressing their culinary styleChairman's Challenge: Cook a dish on the beach, using tropical ingredients. Their dish must feature the one food they would want to have on a deserted island.
S03 E02Oct 11, 2010
Innovation Oct 11, 2010 Innovation
S03 E03Oct 18, 2010
Resourcefulness Oct 18, 2010 The eight remaining chefs must prove their resourcefulness when they're tasked with making unique snacks using a variety of pickles. Then, they head out on a fishing field trip, where they'll have to catch the ingredients they'll later prepare.
S03 E04Oct 25, 2010
Transformation Oct 25, 2010 The chefs are tested on their ability to take ordinary ingredients, like ketchup and mayo, and make extraordinary dishes. Then, they're taken to the San Diego County Fair, where they'll transform fair foods into gourmet dishes.
S03 E05Nov 1, 2010
Respect Nov 1, 2010 The humble potato is the secret ingredient, and the six remaining chefs have 45 minutes to make innovative dishes using all types of potatoes.
S03 E06Nov 8, 2010
Inspiration Nov 8, 2010 The five remaining chefs arrive in Las Vegas, where they're challenged to create a modern buffet inspired by their surroundings. Later, two hopefuls are eliminated.
S03 E07Nov 15, 2010
Seduction Nov 15, 2010 An Iron Chef's mission is to seduce the taste buds.
Season 4Rent or Buy
S04 E01Oct 31, 2011
Primal: Heat and Meat Oct 31, 2011 In the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, 10 Chefs are brought to the middle of nowhere and their primal instincts are put to the test. Split into five teams, the chefs are given the most basic tools to create build their own cooking stations before creating their Iron Chef worthy dishes.
S04 E02Nov 7, 2011
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Nov 7, 2011 The chefs head to Petco Park in San Diego to take on food related to baseball. They meet host Alton Brown and former Cy Young winner Randy Jones at home plate and are challenged to transform classic ballpark favorites into "Iron Chef" cuisine. With only minutes to grab ingredients from food carts, concession stands and the park kitchens, the chefs attempt to hit a gustatory grand slam in just one hour.
S04 E03Nov 14, 2011
Let's All Go to the Lobby Nov 14, 2011 An Iron Chef has the INGENUITY to see the extraordinary culinary potential in ordinary circumstances and ingredients. In this challenge, the chefs are brought to the Orpheum Theater, where Alton reveals the raw material for the Chairman's Challenge: iconic movie snack bar goodies, including popcorn and all the candy classics. The chefs have 60 minutes to create two dishes that show off their movie snack bar ingredient in the most ingenious way.
S04 E04Nov 21, 2011
Food Is Funny Nov 21, 2011 An Iron Chef's ability to IMPROVISE is a key to success in Kitchen Stadium. When ingredients on the altar are revealed, combatants in Kitchen Stadium must respond quickly to what the Chairman has thrown at them. Guest comedian Kevin Nealon and the audience at the Improv comedy club in Hollywood throw ingredient suggestions at the chefs - everything from octopus to marshmallows, perhaps a coconut? Kevin selects a disparate list of ingredients to cook with and the chefs have 45 minutes to improvise an Iron Chef-worthy dish.
S04 E05Nov 28, 2011
New York on a Plate Nov 28, 2011 The remaining chefs are brought to Charlie Palmer in NYC's Grand Central Station for their next test: STORYTELLING. Alton reveals six postcards and hidden on the back of the cards are six iconic NYC locations. The chef who won the Chairman's Challenge the previous week assigns each chef a New York location. The mission? The chefs must create a culinary story based on one of these iconic sites and present how they have each put New York on a plate. Will they incorporate iconic foods like the beloved New York bagel?
S04 E06Dec 5, 2011
Food Auction Dec 5, 2011 In Kitchen Stadium, chefs must take culinary RISKS. Time and again the risk-takers are the ones who create the spectacular dishes that dazzle the judges. Alton and the Chairman welcome the five remaining chefs at an empty auction house. In this challenge the chefs bid on ingredients (ponzu sauce, perhaps?) with time; a winning bid comes from the chef who claims he/she can cook an interesting dish in the least amount of time. The chefs are judged based on the chance the chef has taken and the riskiness of the dish. Taking a calculated risk and acting on instincts may be more beneficial than playing it safe.
S04 E07Dec 12, 2011
Hamptons Beach Cookout Dec 12, 2011 In this challenge, the chefs must create food for a Hamptons event that reflects the rich seafood bounty of the area. Double-elimination looms while the chefs must entwine their skills and focus on finding their "passion" to take a traditional beach cookout to Iron Chef-worthy heights. Who has the passion, the burning desire, to become the Next Iron Chef?
Season 5Rent or Buy
S05 E01Nov 5, 2012
Resourcefulness Nov 5, 2012 These chefs must re-live their experiences on the previous competitions and redeem themselves.
S05 E02Nov 12, 2012
Innovation Nov 12, 2012 The chefs create an innovative take on international classics.
S05 E03Nov 19, 2012
Simplicity Nov 19, 2012 Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles; photographer Todd Selby captures each chef's personality in a single snapshot; the chefs must use these photos as inspiration for putting one of their opponents' personalities on a plate
S05 E04Nov 26, 2012
Transformation Nov 26, 2012 The remaining 7 use American condiments to make a dish they choose; transform fair food into Iron Chef level dishes in an hour.
S05 E05Dec 3, 2012
Risk Dec 3, 2012 An ingredient auction where the currency is the chef's cooking time.
S05 E06Dec 10, 2012
Fusion Dec 10, 2012 The chefs are asked to fuse unusual ingredients into something new.
S05 E07Dec 17, 2012
Transcendence Dec 17, 2012 The chefs must create a buffet that is Las Vegas style.