Monday, April 1, 2013

Iron Chef America: Tournament of Champions - Coming in May

Iron Chef America Tournament of ChampionsIron Chef America will have a Tournament of Champions special series that will start on Sunday May 5th.  While nothing has been announced or advertised yet, I found it on the latest season's episode guide on the Food Network site.

The way it will work, is Alex Guarnaschelli will go against Geoffrey Zakarian in one first round matchup, with the winner moving on to face Michael Symon in the second round.

The other first round matchup will be Jose Garces against Marc Forgione, with the winner moving on to face Masaharu Morimoto in the second round.

Judges for the tournament include: G. Garvin, Trisha Yearwood, Simon Majumdar, Adam Fleischman, Donatella Arpaia, Ree Drummond, Aaron Sanchez, Candice Kumai and Jeffrey Steingarten.

While the final episode is not listed yet, it is most likely because it is in June, and June episodes are not entered on the site yet.  I would assume the winners of the Symon and Morimoto battles will face each other in the finale on June 2nd.

Whose cuisine will reign supreme, and will prevail as the winner?

Episode Guide:

May 5th, 2013 10pm EST Alex Guarnaschelli vs. Geoffrey Zakarian
In this first round of the Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. The winner of this single elimination contest goes on to face Iron Chef Symon in round two. The judges are G. Garvin, Trisha Yearwood and Simon Majumdar.

May 12, 2013 9pm EST Jose Garces vs. Marc Forgione
In this first round of the Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions, Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Marc Forgione face off in Kitchen Stadium. The winner of this battle will meet Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in Round Two. Adam Fleischman, Donatella Arpaia and Simon Majumdar are the judges.

May 19th, 2013 9pm EST
In this second round of the Tournament of Champions, an Iron chef winner from round one battles Iron Chef Michael Symon. The judges for this battle are Ree Drummond, Aaron Sanchez and Trisha Yearwood.

May 26th, 2013 9pm EST
Another round one winner battles Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in round two. The Judges for this round are G. Garvin, Candice Kumai and Jeffrey Steingarten.

UPDATE - 4/10/2013 - A press release was issued today, and now we know the Final will be on June 2nd (as assumed) and the judges will be: Donatella Arpaia, Karine Bakhoum and Iron Chef Bobby Flay.


  1. Too many "Iron Chefs" in America! The tournament should be single elimination, you lose you are no longer an "Iron Chef". The Next Iron Chef candidate would have to compete in the tournament to earn the title.

  2. I guess Bobby Fley was too busy filming lame FN 'reality' shows to participate.

  3. So I'm assuming another round of (N)FNS doesn't start until June at least?

  4. Correct. Scheduled for June according to this press release:

  5. Looks like he is judging the finale on June 2nd

  6. I'm guessing Bobby Flay didn't compete because he was filming NFNS. Personally I'm looking forward to it!

  7. I love the shows though and really enjoyed the ones years back.

  8. Isn't Mario baltio an iron chef?

  9. Is Mario still a iron chef as well?