“Keeping judges and chefs on specific shows retains their uniqueness.Can't interchange all chefs on all shows, just like you don't have the cast of the Big Bang Theory on Girls.Most impressive was the way she handled the self-admitted ADD sufferer in the front row—the rest of us were getting way more annoyed than she let on, until about the twentieth comment/question prompted her to snap (just a little), but she immediately recovered with a sweet smile and quip. I guess this is nothing compared with competing on Next Iron Chef; or actually being an Iron Chef—which she joked earns her accolades over the exact same dishes she made before earning the coveted title.
By the time fellow-foodie, cousin Becca, and I got there—45 minutes early—the only empty seats were in the last and second-from-last rows.
The cabler plans to reboot its “Iron Chef America” franchise with a fresh incarnation dubbed “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” The cooking competition will be hosted once again by Food Network regular Alton Brown, who gained fame through his “color commentary” reporting on “Iron Chef.” “Gauntlet” is expected to begin production early next year for a second-quarter premiere.
Details of the new format are thin other than it promises to offer some new twists on the cooking-showdown format.
The original “Iron Chef” aired for 12 seasons on Food Network and helped burnish the credentials of such foodie TV stars as Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, Marc Forgione, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli.
The competition pits one notable chef each season to face a series of challengers in a bid earn or retain the title of “Iron Chef.” “Gauntlet” is produced by Triage Entertainment in conjunction with Food Network.
“You only hope that people respect that you want to put yourself out there.” At the end, Alex’s finale competition was Amanda Freitag: two Chopped judges being judged in part by another Chopped judge, Geoffrey Zakarian, who won last season of The Next Iron Chef.