Season three of The Next Iron Chef began last night on Food Network. I’m a sucker for a good food-related competition on TV, or as my sister recently coined them, “stylized chef challenge cook off reality competition shows.” I like that.
For those of you that have never watched Iron Chef, it actually began in the early ’90s in Japan. I used to watch it late at night on Food Network, overdubbed in English. The Chairman pits a “resident” chef with a guest chef to do battle over a secret ingredient in one hour. Each chef must prepare five courses, and a panel of judges decide “whose cuisine will reign supreme.”
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Fast-forward a decade, and the show has been remade into Iron Chef America. None other than our beloved Alton Brown was made host, and the show has become a real favorite amongst Food Network fans. The same premise exists today, and I believe the Iron Chefs have become even more revered than their ’90s predecessors. Maybe this is because the show is now American, or maybe it’s because cooking shows in general have taken off in recent years.
Part of the fun of watching shows like this, is trying to decide WHO the winner will be at the season’s inception. This season, I feel like they want you to pick Chef Ming Tsai. He’s already famous, having hosted his own cooking show (East Meets West) for over eight years, among other noted awards. I like Tsai, but I don’t want the obvious to win.
So far, my favorite is Duskie Estes, who prides herself on cooking local seasonal food. She’s a bit of a rebel, and at times
obnoxious bold; however, I like her anyway…so far. The pigtails she wears? Not so much.
We shall see what this season brings!