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Iron Chef Gauntlet

Iron Chef Gauntlet

  • Premiered: 
    April 16, 2017
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Iron Chef America 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Alton Brown, IRON CHEF GAUNTLET is a six-episode series that features seven chefs competing for the chance to become an Iron Chef. Each week one will rise and one will fall until a single chef is left standing, but in order to gain entry into this ultimate culinary society, one gladiator must win the Gauntlet by conquering three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Only if the finalist receives more points than the Iron Chefs combined will history be made, joining the coveted ranks of Iron Chefs, otherwise they will leave the kitchen in utter defeat. In the first five episodes, the competitors endure two grueling rounds of cooking starting with the Chairman's Challenge where Alton delivers a themed challenge and is the sole decision maker on the most and least successful chef. The winner then selects a competitor to join the bottom chef in the Secret Ingredient Challenge, where they must cook three dishes featuring the secret ingredient presented on the altar. A panel of rotating judges send the least successful chef home each week, while the winner is sent back to battle. Guest judges include Iron Chefs Cat Cora, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Geoffrey Zakarian and food experts Donatella Arpaia, Ali Bouzari, Anne Burrell, Giada De Laurentiis, Anya Fernald, Ching-He Huang and Ludo Lefebvre. The competitors are: Nyesha Arrington (Los Angeles, California; Executive Chef/Owner, Leona); Jason Dady (San Antonio, Texas; Executive Chef/Owner, Tre Trattoria); Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, Illinois; Executive Chef/Owner, Monteverde); Michael Gulotta (New Orleans, Louisiana; Executive Chef/Owner MOPHO); Stephanie Izard (Chicago, Illinois; Executive Chef/Owner Girl & the Goat); Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington; Executive Chef/Owner, Adana) and Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, Ohio; Executive Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern). In the premiere episode, Alton welcomes judges Arpaia and Zakarian and the seven chefs and presents the first Chairman's Challenge ingredients: an array of wild ingredients. The chefs must use their expert technique to make a top-tier dish right out of the gate. Alton determines the most and least successful dishes, and the bottom-rated chef is thrown into the deep end for a Secret Ingredient Showdown against a competitor chosen by the winner.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the season finale of IRON CHEF GAUNTLET. In the season ender, "The Guantlet," the last chef standing has the Iron Chef title in sight, but he or she must first run the three-round gauntlet against legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon and finish with more points than the Iron Chefs combined. The finalist is given the opportunity to strategically choose which Iron Chef competes in each rapid-paced round based on the Secret Ingredients. In the end, judges Anya Fernald and Ludo Lefebvre decide if the finalist makes culinary history and becomes an Iron Chef or leaves in defeat.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment