READING, Pa., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With a 22,000 BTU open power burner and a gentle 130 degree simmer burner, it's no wonder that BlueStar was selected for a third time as the pro appliance of choice for The Next Iron Chef: Redemption where the chefs of Kitchen Stadium will fry, saute, roast, wok and grill their way to stardom on season five of Food Network's popular show.
"These outstanding chefs are accustomed to cooking on the finest commercial cooking equipment, and BlueStar restaurant-quality appliances for the home deliver the same top level of performance," said Michael Trapp, president, Prizer Painter Stove Works, Inc., the maker of BlueStar. "Viewers have the opportunity to see that they can get the same level of professional cooking performance in their own homes."
Throughout the series, contestants will complete some of their challenges on one of five high-performance, ruby red BlueStar 48" ranges. Each of the 48" ranges feature three 15,000 BTU open burners, two BlueStar trademark UltraNova® 22,000 BTU power burners, one 130 degree simmer burner, and a 12" charbroiler. The quality and durability of the BlueStar line is ideal for this fast-paced setting and the products really stand-up to the intense usage.
"No matter what the secret ingredient of the day is, the common thread to creating great food is power, whether it's high heat or a gentle simmer," said Jill Novatt, Food Network, Executive Culinary Producer. "Having equipment with the ability to control heat down to the finest detail, is, in many chefs' opinions, the most important feature of a great cooking machine."
Many professional chefs use gas ranges because they offer an excellent level of heat control. BlueStar offers customizable burners, up to 22,000 BTUs, and equally important, they have true simmers that can go down to 130 degrees – low enough for the most delicate sauces or to melt chocolate directly in the pan, without a double boiler. Like BlueStar, virtually all commercial kitchens use ranges equipped with open burners. The open burner design evenly distributes heat across the bottom of the entire pan, to ensure no hot spots.
BlueStar cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens. Built with the highest-quality materials and the distinctive workmanship that comes from 130 years of expertise, BlueStar offers a fully customizable line to suit the specific needs of the home chef. The BlueStar trademark UltraNova® burner produces 22,000 BTUs of cooking power, which results in shorter cooking times. Its full motion grates make it easy to maneuver pots and pans between burners and an infrared broiler produces 1850 degrees of intense, searing heat. BlueStar ranges also have a large oven capacity; the ovens can accommodate a full size commercial 18"x 26" sheet pan. Its heavy duty, durable design offers sturdy, all stainless steel construction. What's more, BlueStar pro appliances are available in 190 different colors as well as custom-colors in endless configurations, to match any kitchen decor.
A roster of acclaimed chefs returned for a second chance to become a member of the Iron Chef culinary society on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, which tests the kitchen chops, masterful skills and fortitude of these supreme experts, and culminates with the naming of the newest Iron Chef on Sunday, December 23rd at 9pm ET/PT.
Competitors are: returning from The Next Iron Chef: Season Two Nate Appleman (Chipotle Mexican Grill, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen), Amanda Freitag (Chopped), Eric Greenspan (The Foundry on Melrose, The Roof on Wilshire, Los Angeles) and Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti, Mehtaphor, 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.); and first time Next Iron Chef competitors with their own redemption stories, Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove, Western Bistro, The Love Shack, Woodshed Smokehouse, White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth) and Marcel Vigneron (The Coop, Los Angeles).