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The Next Iron Chef is a limited run series where ten semi-famous professional chef's compete to be named Iron Chef. Iron Chef is a much coveted title, held by eight chefs; only one of which is a woman. Iron Chef America is a TV show that takes place in Kitchen Stadium. Each week a food is chosen and 4 dishes must be prepared using that food. The dishes are prepared by a chef and the Iron Chef that he or she has chosen to compete against. They are given an hour to complete the four dishes. Three judges rate the food and give scores. Rarely does an Iron Chef lose.

To win the Next Iron Chef competition contestants must avoid elimination week after week until they are the final contestant. Each week there is a different theme. Some weeks they are given what they must use. Some weeks they must be creative and choose what they think will give them the upper hand in the competition. They must be quick on their feet and quick thinking. They must perform under all conditions whether on an island cooking with a fire pit or cooking in Kitchen Stadium, the setting for the Iron Chef series.

Each week those rated the lowest for that week are forced to defend their position in a Secret Ingredient Show Down. The winner or winners of the Secret Ingredient Show Down remains to compete another day where the loser is sent home.

The latest season of The Next Iron Chef consist of chefs that have competed in previous seasons. They face the challenges that brought them down the first time and must over come them in order to stay in the competition. The first time they competed they were sent home as losers. This time at least one of them will be named Iron Chef. Only time will tell who the lucky winner is.

The Next Iron Chef is a Reality, Food series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (38 episodes). The series first aired on October 7, 2007. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

The Next Iron Chef is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Next Iron Chef on demand at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes online.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
5 Seasons, 38 Episodes
October 7, 2007
Reality, Food
Cast: Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos
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The Next Iron Chef Full Episode Guide

  • During the fifth season finale, the three remaining chefs must incorporate ingredients into their dishes the judges are passionate about. Then the final two head to Kitchen Stadium to prepare food that pays respect to the culinary heritages of Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto. Who will become the Next Iron Chef?

  • The chef are paired up and must create the ultimate Vegas buffet.

  • The chefs attempt to fuse unusual ingredients together into an Iron Chef worthy dish.

  • The remaining chefs must take risks sometimes to impress the judges.

  • The 7 remaining chefs must transform condiments and later fair food into Iron Chef worthy dishes.

  • Photographs are used as the inspiration in a challenge, which is to create a simple bite that perfectly represents the chef's personality.

  • Innovation is vital to the traits of an Iron Chef and both challenges in this episode must exude it.

  • In the fifth season opener, the chefs' resourcefulness is put to the test by foods that sent them home previously.

  • The remaining two chefs must complete their final task: PRESSURE with a holiday theme. Who will become the Next Iron Chef?

  • The chefs create dishes for a Hamptons event using seafood from the area.

  • The chefs bid on ingredients and time - with the winning bid coming from the chef who claims he/she can cook an interesting dish in the least amount of time.

  • The Chefs take a story based on iconic sites and put 'N.Y. on a plate.'

  • An Iron Chef's ability to IMPROVISE is key to success in Kitchen Stadium.

  • The chefs are taken to the Orpheum Theater for the Chairman's Challenge and are inspired by snack bar goodies for ingredients.

  • The chefs are taken to Petco Park in San Diego, where host Alton Brown presents them with their next challenge - they must interpret ball-park food that is iron-chef worthy.

  • Chefs are brought to the middle of nowhere & instincts are put to the test.

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