Next Iron Chef 3 – Contenders Revealed
While Food Network still hasn’t answered the question as to why they need a new Iron Chef they have announced a premiere date, October 3rd. They have also announced the chefs vying to join the hallowed halls of Kitchen Stadium.
The competing chefs are:
Marco Canora (Hearth, Terroir, and Terroir TriBeca, in New York), Bryan Caswell (Reef, Stella Sola, and Little Bigs in Houston, Texas), Maneet Chauhan (Vermillion in Chicago and New York), Mary Dumont (Harvest in Cambridge, Massachusetts), Duskie Estes (Zazu Restaurant + Farm, Bovolo, and Black Pig Meat Co. in Sonoma County, California), Marc Forgione (Marc Forgione in New York), Andrew Kirschner (Wilshire in Santa Monica, California), Mario Pagán (Chayote and Lemongrass in Puerto Rico), Celina Tio (Julian in Kansas City, Missouri), and Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Massachusetts).
I have also learned that some of the judges will be Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arpaia, season 1 winner Michael Symon and his evil twin Michael Psilakis. And of course Alton Brown will be there to guide us through the proceedings. I cannot express my pleasure at the return of Ming Tsai to the Food Network. One of my favorite chefs on TV, Tsai is an incredibly talented cook that has a very comfortable demeanor which has endeared him to foodies for over a decade.
This is all nice but it still leaves us wondering if the rumors circulating about Garces leaving are really true. It was clear in Battle: Truffle against Naomi Pomeroy that he was not taking the judges’ criticisms well at all. Maybe, maybe you could take issue with Karine Bakhoum’s palate (I wouldn’t though) but it would be absurd to argue with Jeffrey Chodorow or Jose Andres. The scores for that battle were the lowest in the history of the show tying with Battle: Desserts between Cat Cora and Elizabeth Faulkner way back in season 3. Hopefully we’ll know all the answers soon.