NEW YORK—Kitchen Stadium once again opens its doors to find a new culinary warrior in the sizzling primetime series "The Next Iron Chef," announced Food Network. Hosted by Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America), the reality competition premieres Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. EST and will challenge 10 top chefs from around the country in a series of demanding situations, testing their culinary skills and mental toughness.
"It's thrilling to see what these 10 top chefs can create when pushed to their limits in this series," said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Food Network. "These world class chefs display extraordinary culinary skills and creativity as they battle it out for the supreme title of Iron Chef."
The 10 contestants include: Nate Appleman (Chef/Butcher, New York), Dominique Crenn (Chef de Cuisine, Luce at InterContinental San Francisco, San Francisco), Brad Farmerie (Executive Chef, Double Crown, Madam Geneva, PUBLIC and The Monday Room, New York), Amanda Freitag (Executive Chef, The Harrison, New York), Jose Garces (Executive Chef & Owner, Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Philadelphia), Eric Greenspan (Executive Chef & Owner, The Foundry on Melrose, Los Angeles), Jehangir Mehta (Executive Chef & Owner, Graffiti, New York), Seamus Mullen (Executive Chef & Partner, Boqueria Flatiron and Boqueria Soho, New York), Holly Smith (Chef & Owner, Cafe Juanita and Poco Carretto Gelato, Kirkland, Wash.) and Roberto Treviño (Executive Chef & Owner, Budatai, San Juan, Puerto Rico).
This season, the series - with the help of sponsor American Airlines - will take the contestants from Los Angeles to Japan to New York to compete in the food fight of their professional lives. They will be challenged to create dishes that represent a variety of world cultures and cuisines. Whether working with exotic ingredients like jelly fish, creating their own version of international "fast food" or experiencing umami with sponsor Kikkoman, the chefs must demonstrate their speed, artistry, innovation and leadership in each dish. With the help of the judges -- Donatella Arpaia (acclaimed restaurateur and food expert, owner of Anthos, Mia Dona and Kefi), Jeffrey Steingarten (Food Critic, Vogue, New York, NY) and Anya Fernald (Sustainable Food Consultant, San Francisco) -- the contestants will be narrowed down until two remain to battle it out in Kitchen Stadium and earn the right to be called Iron Chef. The winner will join the ranks of Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon and be launched into instant fame as a member of the Chairman's team on Iron Chef America.
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