A reconsidered review of Iron Chef Gauntlet, on which Top Chef Stephanie Izard may become Iron Chef Stephanie Izard this Sunday.
When Food Network announced Iron Chef Gauntlet, it said that “the elite culinary skill, strategy and stamina of Iron Chef America returns,” and called the show “a fresh reboot of the fan-favorite franchise hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown.” I’m all for a reboot, but based on the premiere, which you can watch below, it’s essentially the same show… continue reading
The Next Iron Chef: Redemption concluded shortly before Christmas, with chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli defeating chef and Chopped judge Amanda Freitag to become the second female Iron Chef in the United States. Alex’s first battle aired this past weekend, and she defeated UK Iron Chef Judy Joo, assisted in her battle by a… continue reading
Food Network announced a bunch of new and returning shows for the next year, including confirming changes to Food Network Star (the show is adding mentors and tribes) and revealing that season four of Next Iron Chef will be an all-star season, bringing back previous contestants of the same series. That makes sense, because its… continue reading
This season of Next Iron Chef has improved thanks to its cast of Food Network stars and well-known TV chefs, who are fantastic contestants especially when faced with the same kinds of challenges they judge on other shows, such as Chopped. But one thing I can’t shake is how fake the actual show is that… continue reading
For its fourth season, Food Network’s Next Iron Chef is making major changes to its format and casting, as its contestants are all well-known chefs who are stars and judges on the network and elsewhere, including on Bravo’s Top Chef. The cast ranges from Top Chef Masters 2 winner Marcus Samuelsson to Chopped judges Alex… continue reading
Next Iron Chef 2 winner Jose Garces beat Jehangir Mehta on Sunday’s finale of the Food Network series, and will appear on Iron Chef for the first time in mid-January. He was selected by the annoying judging panel–seriously, has there ever been a more excruciatingly whiny group of judges than Donatella Arpaia, Jeffrey Steingarten, and… continue reading