The Secret Ingredient is ... A New Iron Chef!

Eight Top U.S. Chefs to Compete for the Title of 'The Next Iron Chef' on

New Reality Series; Premieres Sunday, October 7th at 9pm ET/PT on Food


Jul 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Food Network

    NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The title of Iron Chef is synonymous
 with the world's foremost culinary masters; and with the announcement of
 eight finalists, Food Network has begun production for The Next Iron Chef,
 the newest reality competition created to identify the next master to join
 the existing exclusive club of superstar chefs Mario Batali, Cat Cora,
 Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto. Representing some of the nation's best
 culinary talent, the finalists will battle for the chance to be crowned the
 next Iron Chef America. Hosted by Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef
 America), The Next Iron Chef will premiere Sunday, October 7th at 9pm ET/PT
 on Food Network.
     After an extensive coast-to-coast search for the most celebrated
 culinary stars, Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and
 Production, Food Network, today announces the list of finalists. "We have
 chosen a group of chefs who we believe to be at the forefront of the
 culinary landscape, each of whom could stand proudly beside Bobby, Mario,
 Morimoto and Cat as a new Iron Chef," says Tuschman. "In our quest, we are
 looking for an individual to complement the current group and bring a
 unique blend of innovation, creativity and passion to the show, which is
 currently the highest-rated program on the network."
     Each boasting years of culinary experience and numerous media accolades
 and awards from such prestigious organizations as the James Beard
 Foundation, the eight competitors vying for the Iron Chef title are:
     -- John Besh (New Orleans, LA) Executive Chef, Restaurant August, Besh
        Steak, Luke and La Provence.
     -- Chris Cosentino (San Francisco, CA) Executive Chef, Incanto
     -- Jill Davie (Santa Monica, CA) Executive Chef, JOSIE
     -- Traci Des Jardins (San Francisco, CA) Executive Chef & Co-Owner,
        Jardiniere, Mijita and Acme Chophouse
     -- Gavin Kaysen (San Diego, CA) Chef de Cuisine, El Bizcocho at the Rancho
        Bernardo Inn
     -- Morou Ouattara (Washington, DC) Executive Chef & Owner, Farrah Olivia
     -- Aaron Sanchez (New York, NY) Executive Chef & Owner, Centrico and
     -- Michael Symon (Cleveland, OH) Executive Chef & Owner, Lola and Lolita
     Judging this fierce competition will be Michael Ruhlman (James Beard
 Foundation Award-winning author, cookbook author and food writer), Andrew
 Knowlton (Restaurant Editor of Bon Appetit magazine) and Donatella Arpaia
 (restaurateur and owner of acclaimed New York City restaurants
 davidburke&donatella and Anthos). Judges will narrow the field until the
 last chef standing is deemed an Iron Chef and he or she will then take
 their place behind the counter in the famed Kitchen Stadium to compete in
 the newest season of Iron Chef America.

SOURCE Food Network