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The Next Iron Chef: Redemption
A roster of acclaimed chefs return for a second chance to become a member of the Iron Chef culinary society this fall, with the premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption on November 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The fifth installment of this top-rated competition series also adds a few newcomers to the mix, who have had their own experiences of not quite winning the crown. The competitors are given new opportunities to prove their skills are Iron Chef worthy, while revisiting some of the memorable moments that sent them home in the past. The culinary battle-royale, hosted by Alton Brown and shot in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, tests the kitchen chops, masterful skills and fortitude of these supreme experts, and culminates with the naming of the newest Iron Chef on December 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Competitors are returning from The Next Iron Chef: Season Two Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag (Chopped), Eric Greenspan (The Foundry on Melrose, The Roof on Wilshire, Los Angeles) and Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti, New York)); from The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs Elizabeth Falkner (Krescendo, New York), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, The Darby, New York, Chopped) and Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, We The Pizza, Washington D.C.). First-time Next Iron Chef competitors with their own redemption stories are Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove, Western Bistro, The Love Shack, Woodshed Smokehouse, White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth) and Marcel Vigneron (The Coop, Los Angeles).
Redemption offers a Food Network first, as the 10th cast position will go to the winner of the web-exclusive "Road to Redemption" tournament taking place October 12 to 26 on FoodNetwork.com. Participants battling for their chance at Redemption's 10th slot are Duskie Estes and Robert Trevino, who previously competed on earlier seasons of The Next Iron Chef and newcomers Lee Anne Wong and Madison Cowan.
Exclusively on FoodNetwork.com, the "Road to Redemption" tournament begins October 12 with a battle between former Next Iron Chef contenders Duskie Estes and Robert Trevino, followed on October 19 by a competition between Iron Chef America challengers Madison Cowan and Lee Anne Wong. The winners meet on October 26, where the final Redemption position will be awarded. A sneak peek and extended preview is available at www.foodnetwork.com/nic.
The Next Iron Chef: Redemption kicks off on "Redemption Beach," where the chefs' resourcefulness is tested in a grueling Chairman's Challenge with a devious twist: Chefs must cook with the ingredient that sent them packing last time. Given another chance with this ingredient and only bare essentials, hot coals and 1 hour on the clock, some rise to the occasion while others go down in flames. The two least successful chefs go to the Secret Ingredient Showdown, a sudden-death cook-off that leads to the first elimination. Upcoming episodes continue to push the limits, including a canned food to Kitchen Stadium-worthy cuisine challenge, a Las Vegas buffet battle with an appearance by legendary magician David Copperfield and a "last supper" showdown. Returning judges Donatella Arpaia and Simon Majumdar are joined by last season's winner and newest Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian on the judging panel, along with appearances from Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon.
The winner will join the ranks of chefs including Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian as a member of the Chairman's team on Iron Chef America. The newly crowned Iron Chef's first battle in Kitchen Stadium will premiere on December 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.