Web-Exclusive Battles at FoodNetwork.com (www.foodnetwork.com) to Determine Tenth Cast Member
Hosted by Alton Brown, Eight-Episode Series Premieres Sunday, November 4th at 9pm ET/PT,
New Iron Chef Crowned in Season Finale on Sunday, December 23rd at 9pm ET/PT
A roster of acclaimed chefs return for a second chance to become a member of the IRON CHEFculinary society this
fall, with the premiere of THE NEXT IRON CHEF: REDEMPTION on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH at 9PM ET/PT. The fifth installment of this top-rated competition series also adds a few newcomers to the mix, who have had their own experiences of not quite winning the crown. The competitors are given new opportunities to prove their skills are IRON CHEF-WORTHY, while revisiting some of the memorable moments that sent them home in the past. The culinary battle-royale, hosted by ALTON BROWN and shot in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, tests the kitchen chops, masterful skills and fortitude of these supreme experts, and culminates with the naming of the newest Iron Chef on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23RD at 9pm ET/PT.
THE NEXT IRON CHEF 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. IRON CHEF AMERICA THE SERIES pits some of America’s favorite chefs against the inspired food wizardry of American Iron Chefs BOBBY FLAY, MARIO BATALI, MASAHARU MORIMOTO, CAT CORA and Next Iron Chef winners, MICHAEL SYMON, JOSE GARCES, MARC FORGIONE and GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN.
The Competitors are:
Returning from The Next Iron Chef: Season Two – NATE APPLEMAN , AMANDA FREITAG (ERIC GREENSPANChopped), ERIC GREENSPAN (The Foundry on Melrose, The Roof on Wilshire, Los Angeles) and JEHANGIR MEHTA (Graffiti, New York);
From The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs – ELIZABETH FALKNER (Krescendo, New York), ALEX GUARNASCHELLI (Butter, The Darby, New York, Chopped) and SPIKE MENDELSOHN (Good Stuff Eatery, We The Pizza, Washington D.C.);
And first time NEXT IRON CHEF competitors with their own redemption stories: TIM LOVE (The Lonesome Dove, Western Bistro, The Love Shack, Woodshed Smokehouse, White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth) and MARCEL VIGNERON (The Coop, Los Angeles).
”This season’s cast is filled with extraordinary chefs at the top of their game and they all know how fierce this competition is,” said BOB TUSCHMAN, GENERAL MANAGER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FOOD NETWORK. “The redemption theme heightens the season’s drama with second chances and new opportunities, and viewers can expect culinary magic, intense battles and edge-of-your seat suspense.”
REDEMPTION offers a FOOD NETWORK first, as the tenth cast position will go to the winner of the web-exclusive “Road to Redemption” tournament taking place October 12th – 26th on www.FoodNetwork.com. Participants battling for their chance at Redemption’s tenth slot are DUSKIE ESTES and ROBERT TREVINO, who previously competed on earlier seasons of THE NEXT IRON CHEF and newcomers LEE ANNE WONG and MADISON COWAN.
Exclusively on www.FoodNetwork.com, the “Road to Redemption” tournament begins October 12th with a battle between former Next Iron Chef contenders DUSKIE ESTES and ROBERT TREVINO, followed on October 19th by a competition between IRON CHEF AMERICA challengers MADISON COWAN and LEE ANNE WONG. The winners meet on October 26th, where the final Redemption position will be awarded. Beginning in late September, a sneak peek and extended preview will be available at www.foodnetwork.com/nic.
“Our web-exclusive ‘Road to Redemption’ tournament adds a whole new layer to The Next Iron Chef experience,” said BOB MADDEN, GENERAL MANAGER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DIGITAL – FOOD NETWORK CATEGORY, SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE. “This online exclusive will give our audience more of the content they crave and the opportunity to witness more excitement and energy from these skilled competitors. FoodNetwork.com is thrilled to play a part in selecting the tenth competitor for this season’s cast.”
THE NEXT IRON CHEF: REDEMPTION kicks off on “Redemption Beach,” where the chefs’ resourcefulness is tested in a grueling CHAIRMAN’S CHALLENGE with a devious twist: each must cook with the ingredient that sent them packing last time. Given another chance with this ingredient and only bare essentials, hot coals and one hour on the clock some rise to the occasion while others go down in flames. The two least successful chefs go to the SECRET INGREDIENT SHOWDOWN, a sudden-death cook-off that leads to the first elimination. Upcoming episodes continue to push the limits, including a canned food to Kitchen Stadium-worthy cuisine challenge, a Las Vegas buffet battle with an appearance by legendary magician DAVID COPPERFIELD and a “last supper” showdown.
Returning judges DONATELLA ARPAIA and SIMON MAJUMDAR are joined by last season’s winner and newest IRON CHEF GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN on the judging panel, along with appearances from Iron Chefs BOBBY FLAY, MASAHARU MORIMOTO and MICHAEL SYMON.
The winner will join the ranks of chefs including BOBBY FLAY, MARC FORGIONE, JOSE GARCES, MASAHARU MORIMOTO, MICHAEL SYMON and GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN as a member of the Chairman’s team on IRON CHEF AMERICA. The newly crowned IRON CHEF‘s first battle in KITCHEN STADIUM will premiere on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30TH at 9pm ET/PT.
Viewers who want more can also visit www.FoodNetwork.com for exclusive photo galleries, behind-the-scenes videos, weekly fan polls, cast journals and more insider coverage.
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The winner will join the ranks of chefs