Monday, October 9, 2017

More Details About Iron Chef Showdown - Premiering November 8th

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In July, it was announced that Iron Chef would be returning with Iron Chef Showdown and that Alton Brown would be the host.  Now there is more information about the show and it will premiere on Food Network Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm ET.  Iron Chef Showdown will be 10 episodes long and Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Stephanie Izard, and Jose Garces will appear on two episodes each.

On each episode, two chefs will compete in a chairman's challenge to create their best dish using a secret ingredient.  Alton Brown will judge this challenge alone, and the winning chef will get to go up against an Iron Chef in a secret ingredient showdown.  Iron Chef Showdown sounds a lot like Beat Bobby Flay to me, but with secret ingredients and different chefs.

A press release about Iron Chef Showdown is below.  Also, I put the episode descriptions from the release below so you can see which chefs are competing:

Brand-New Culinary Battles Begin Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm ET/PT
One-Hour Special Iron Chef: Where Are They Now, Retrospective Series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle and Digital Companion Series Alton’s Ingredient Alchemy Also Set to Launch on November 8th

NEW YORK – October 9, 2017 – The elite Iron Chef culinary society is back on Food Network full-force with fresh competitors, secret ingredients and over-the-top action in the new series Iron Chef Showdown, premiering Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm (all times ET/PT). Hosted by the inimitable Alton Brown and set in the newly renovated Kitchen Stadium, each standalone episode pits two up-and-coming chef competitors against each other, but only one earns the right to face a legendary Iron Chef and answer life’s most savory question: “whose cuisine reigns supreme?” The Chairman (Mark Dacascos) and floor reporter Jaymee Sire join Alton as the culinary drama unfolds each week, with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and newest member Stephanie Izard each taking on talented, determined challengers over the ten-episode season. Preceding Showdown’s premiere is the one-hour special Iron Chef: Where Are They Now at 8pm, which explores the latest and greatest achievements of favorite Iron Chefs, followed by the debut of retrospective series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle at 10pm. Online, digital companion series Alton’s Ingredient Alchemy rolls out simultaneously with a closer look at some of the latest Iron Chef secret ingredients.

“Showdown has everything our viewers love about Iron Chef: the masterful chefs, the edge-of-your-seat action and, of course, all the tradition of Kitchen Stadium, and combines it with new elements to make each battle a whirlwind of culinary entertainment,” said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

In each episode, Alton welcomes two formidable chef competitors to Kitchen Stadium and they battle each other in the Chairman’s Challenge to create their best dish based upon a secret ingredient. Alton is the sole judge to determine which chef advances to the next level: an epic duel against a legendary Iron Chef in the Secret Ingredient Showdown. Then tradition comes to life as Alton, the Chairman, floor reporter Jaymee Sire and a rotating judge panel of two culinary experts oversee the competitor versus Iron Chef action. Ultimately, the two guest judges taste the offerings and determine “whose cuisine reigns supreme?” in these epic Iron Chef battles.

Iron Chef Showdown kicks off with a Thanksgiving-themed episode, as Iron Chef Bobby Flay lies in wait while Chicago chef Matt Kerney battles against Florida chef Lindsay Autry over ingredients from America’s favorite holiday in the Chairman’s Challenge. Then, John Besh and Antonia Lofaso serve as judges for the Thanksgiving Secret Ingredient Showdown between the first-round winner and Iron Chef Flay.

Preceding Showdown’s premiere, Iron Chef: Where Are They Now airs at 8pm. For America’s original Iron Chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, achieving Iron Chef status was the cementing of a legacy, and becoming an Iron Chef was a life-altering event for the next generation, including Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, and most recently, Stephanie Izard. This one-hour special explores the current projects, from restaurants to television, of favorite Iron Chefs.

Immediately following Showdown at 10pm, Alton hosts the ten-episode retrospective series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle which revisits fan-favorite battles from the past to fully appreciate the culinary mastery that happens in Kitchen Stadium. At the behest of the Chairman, Alton explores, dissects and offers new insights about the secret ingredients, mind-blowing cooking techniques and each Iron Chef’s individual approach to their culinary confrontations. The series premieres with an episode examining the epic Battle Thanksgiving Feast that pitted Iron Chef team Bobby Flay and Michael Symon versus Iron Chef team Marc Forgione and Jose Garces.

For a digital deep dive into Iron Chef Showdown secret ingredients with the one-and-only Alton Brown, online series Alton’s Ingredient Alchemy takes a fun, in-depth look at select secret ingredients. Also at, viewers can go behind-the-scenes and learn more about their favorite Iron Chefs. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IronChefShowdown.

Iron Chef Showdown is based on the format Iron Chef owned by Fuji Television Network, Inc.

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IRON CHEF SHOWDOWN Episode Descriptions

Premiering Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) – SERIES PREMIERE!
“Big Thanksgiving Battle”
Florida chef Lindsay Autry tries to stuff Chicago chef Matt Kerney over ingredients from America’s favorite holiday. The winner faces Iron Chef Bobby Flay in a tense showdown judged by John Besh and Antonia Lofaso.

Premiering Wednesday, November 15th at 9pm
“Battle Symon Says”
San Francisco chef Hiroo Nagamura takes on Los Angeles chef David Schlosser. The chef with the best first-round dish sizes up Iron Chef Michael Symon in a battle featuring a perfect protein, and judges Niki Nakayama and Caroline Styne pick the winner.

Premiering Wednesday, November 22nd at 9pm
“Battle Beantown”
Rival Boston chefs Matt Jennings and Kristen Kish settle an old grudge in a head-to-head match over a cured classic. Roy Choi and Antonia Lofaso judge as the winning chef faces Iron Chef Jose Garces, who comes out swinging over an Italian favorite.

Premiering Wednesday, November 29th at 9pm
“Battle Stuffed and Savory”
New York chef Leah Cohen takes on rival Boston chef Marcellus Coleman, and the winner cases Iron Chef Stephanie Izard in Kitchen Stadium. The guest judges are Lesley Bargar Suter and Simon Majumdar.

Premiering Wednesday, December 6th at 9pm
“Italian Holiday Battle”
The holidays hit Kitchen Stadium as Los Angeles chef Ted Hopson faces Detroit chef Kate Williams in a sweet showdown. The winning chef goes up against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli in a classic holiday battle judged by Paul Bartolotta and Nancy Silverton.

Premiering Wednesday, December 13th at 9pm
“Battle Bobby Flay All Day”
Midwestern master chefs Tory Miller and Jenner Tomaska face off using one of the most versatile vegetables around. Then the winner takes on Iron Chef Bobby Flay in an all-American meat battle judged by John Besh and Giada De Laurentiis.

Premiering Wednesday, December 20th at 9pm
“Battle Deep Sea Duel”
New Orleans chef Brian Landry cooks off against Chicago chef Ryan McCasky using a super decadent ingredient. The winning chef gets a shot against Iron Chef Stephanie Izard in a deep-sea duel judged by Susan Feniger and Jonathan Waxman.

Premiering Wednesday, December 27th at 9pm
“Battle Meaty Matchup”
Alabama chef David Bancroft crosses knives with New York chef Roxanne Spruance over the most favorite of fruits. The winning chef takes on Iron Chef Jose Garces in a meaty matchup judged by Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer.

Premiering Wednesday, January 3rd at 9pm
“Battle Bar Food”
Miami chef Timon Balloo battles Philadelphia chef Nicholas Elmi over a bar food staple. Then the winning chef goes up against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli in a giant seafood battle and the judges Anya Fernald and Ludo Lefebvre pick the winner.

Premiering Wednesday, January 10th at 9pm
“Battle Fruit and Fowl”
Portland chef Gregory Gourdet takes on San Diego chef Brian Redzikowski over a challenging fruit. Then the winner readies for a fowl battle with Iron Chef Michael Symon that’s judged by Judy Joo and Simon Majumdar.

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