Sunday, October 7th, 2007
1: Speed and Artistry
Alton Brown and the Chairman greet the contestants who wish to be the Next Iron Chef. After they explore their surroundings (the Culinary Institute of America), they are given their first two tests.
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
2: Simplicity and Innovation
Alton assigns the chefs their next tasks: simplicity and innovation. The chefs must create one perfect bite that reveals their culinary viewpoint.
Sunday, October 21st, 2007
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
4: Create Under Pressure
Sunday, November 4th, 2007
5: Lead & Inspire
Sunday, November 11th, 2007
6: Attain Greatness
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
In the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef, ten chefs arrive in Los Angeles to compete in a series of globally-inspired cooking challenges that will test their abilities to master culinary styles from around the world. The chefs are greeted by host Alton Brown (Iron Chef America, Good Eats), who gives them their first two tests: Memory and Fearlessness. For Memory, the chefs are asked to use an ingredient that has played a significant role in their lives to create a dish that expresses their culinary style and heritage. Next, the chefs are assigned exotic ingredients from around the world that test their iron wills and stomachs. They must showcase their fearless nature through their approach in using these ingredients as the centerpiece of two dishes. The first chef is then eliminated.
Sunday, October 11th, 2009
Host Alton Brown gives the nine remaining chefs their next two challenges: Simplicity and Interpretation. In the first challenge, the chefs are asked to use a variety of one-pot cooking devices from around the world to make a family-style dish. The chefs judge one another and reveal who cooked both the most successful and the least successful creations using the ethnic cooking vessels. Next, the chefs are asked to reinvent classic "international" dishes to see who can create an Iron Chef-worthy interpretation of some of the best-known dishes in the world. The next chef is eliminated.
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
Host Alton Brown explains that Innovation is one of the most important traits of an Iron Chef and both challenges in this episode must embody that trait. First, the chefs disperse to four of the best Asian eateries in Los Angeles where they quickly taste and then attempt to recreate the house specialty from each restaurant. The chefs are armed only with their discerning palates to figure out how the dish is made. Next, the chefs are tasked with innovating and creating a new dish that is a hybrid of Asian flavors and American culinary sensibilities. The next chef is eliminated.
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
An Iron Chef must adapt to a secret ingredient that is revealed just moments before cooking. For their next test, host Alton Brown asks the remaining seven chefs endure a tough test of Adaptability. The chefs have 90 minutes to prepare a savory and sweet duo of Mexican-inspired dishes and a creative beverage that successfully utilizes a secret ingredient flown in from Mexico on American Airlines. At the iconic Grand Central Market, the chefs shop for additional indigenous ingredients to effectively capture the heart and soul of Mexican cooking. They are judged on how well they adapt the secret ingredient to their culinary creations. One chef is eliminated.
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
The six remaining competitors meet acclaimed Indian chef, Suvir Saran, and begin their next test: Pressure. First, the chefs have 30 minutes to capture the essence and balance of Indian fare in just one bite. Then, the chefs attend a Bollywood-style gala to gain a true understanding of the traditional foods and culture of India. With this knowledge, they then have two hours to prepare a five-course Indian feast judged for the authenticity, flavor, drama, and theatrical presentation of the food. Two chefs are eliminated, and the remaining chefs learn they will head to the airport and travel on American Airlines to one of the great culinary hotspots in the world – Tokyo, Japan.
Sunday, November 8th, 2009
6: Umami (Deliciousness)
The four remaining chefs board an American Airlines flight and travel to Tokyo, Japan. The chefs begin a culinary adventure into the world of umami (a Japanese term for 'delicious' that is used to describe the fifth taste). First the chefs arrive at a traditional Japanese yakitori grill restaurant where they are asked to use Kikkoman soy sauce to infuse umami into their dishes and enhance the flavor profiles of a variety of ingredients. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto arrives as a surprise judge for this test. Then the chefs travel through Tokyo to the most renowned culinary academy in the city where they meet Dr. Yukio Hattori, the original Iron Chef Japanese culinary commentator. Dr. Hattori opens the doors to his academy where the chefs are challenged to use different cooking styles in a test that highlights the five tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. The next chef is eliminated.
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
The final three chefs undergo a test of Integrity, and how they can honor both personal integrity and integrity of ingredients. At the most famous fish market in the world, Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, the chefs race to gather ingredients to prepare their version of the most revered and traditional Japanese meal known as kaiseki. This kaiseki meal is filtered through each chef’s unique culinary personality. This traditional Japanese cooking style consists of an elaborately choreographed tasting menu with extreme attention focused on the beauty of each plate and the seasonality of the ingredients. One chef is eliminated, and the last two standing prepare for the final battle in Kitchen Stadium.
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
8: Imagination (Season 2 Finale)
The remaining two chefs walk into the hallowed halls of Kitchen Stadium to complete their final test: Imagination. With the Chairman looking on and host Alton Brown (Iron Chef America) commentating from the side, the two finalists compete in a head-to-head battle. Using everything they have learned, they must take the secret ingredient and create a five course meal that reflects the melting pot that is the American culinary experience. One of the chefs will then be selected as the winner and become the new Iron Chef!
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
Secret Ingredient Challenge (Secret Ingredient: Bread): Make a sandwich expressing their culinary style Chairman's Challenge: Cook a dish on the beach, using tropical ingredients. Their dish must feature the one food they would want to have on a deserted island.
Sunday, October 10th, 2010
Sunday, October 17th, 2010
The eight remaining chefs must prove their resourcefulness when they're tasked with making unique snacks using a variety of pickles. Then, they head out on a fishing field trip, where they'll have to catch the ingredients they'll later prepare.
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
The chefs are tested on their ability to take ordinary ingredients, like ketchup and mayo, and make extraordinary dishes. Then, they're taken to the San Diego County Fair, where they'll transform fair foods into gourmet dishes.
Sunday, October 31st, 2010
The humble potato is the secret ingredient, and the six remaining chefs have 45 minutes to make innovative dishes using all types of potatoes.
Sunday, November 7th, 2010
The five remaining chefs arrive in Las Vegas, where they're challenged to create a modern buffet inspired by their surroundings. Later, two hopefuls are eliminated.
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Sunday, November 21st, 2010
After a season packed with grueling challenges, only two chefs remain to battle it out for the ultimate title of Iron Chef. The challengers head to New York for a Thanksgiving-themed showdown in legendary Kitchen Stadium where they face a true Iron Chef challenge: Prepare five creative and delicious dishes in 60 minutes. In the end, only one chef will reign supreme to earn the title of The Next Iron Chef.
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
1: Primal: Heat and Meat
In the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, 10 Chefs are brought to the middle of nowhere and their primal instincts are put to the test. Split into five teams, the chefs are given the most basic tools to create build their own cooking stations before creating their Iron Chef worthy dishes.
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
2: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
The chefs head to Petco Park in San Diego to take on food related to baseball. They meet host Alton Brown and former Cy Young winner Randy Jones at home plate and are challenged to transform classic ballpark favorites into "Iron Chef" cuisine. With only minutes to grab ingredients from food carts, concession stands and the park kitchens, the chefs attempt to hit a gustatory grand slam in just one hour.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
3: Let's All Go to the Lobby
An Iron Chef has the INGENUITY to see the extraordinary culinary potential in ordinary circumstances and ingredients. In this challenge, the chefs are brought to the Orpheum Theater, where Alton reveals the raw material for the Chairman's Challenge: iconic movie snack bar goodies, including popcorn and all the candy classics. The chefs have 60 minutes to create two dishes that show off their movie snack bar ingredient in the most ingenious way.
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
4: Food Is Funny
An Iron Chef's ability to IMPROVISE is a key to success in Kitchen Stadium. When ingredients on the altar are revealed, combatants in Kitchen Stadium must respond quickly to what the Chairman has thrown at them. Guest comedian Kevin Nealon and the audience at the Improv comedy club in Hollywood throw ingredient suggestions at the chefs - everything from octopus to marshmallows, perhaps a coconut? Kevin selects a disparate list of ingredients to cook with and the chefs have 45 minutes to improvise an Iron Chef-worthy dish.
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
5: New York on a Plate
The remaining chefs are brought to Charlie Palmer in NYC's Grand Central Station for their next test: STORYTELLING. Alton reveals six postcards and hidden on the back of the cards are six iconic NYC locations. The chef who won the Chairman's Challenge the previous week assigns each chef a New York location. The mission? The chefs must create a culinary story based on one of these iconic sites and present how they have each put New York on a plate. Will they incorporate iconic foods like the beloved New York bagel?
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
6: Food Auction
In Kitchen Stadium, chefs must take culinary RISKS. Time and again the risk-takers are the ones who create the spectacular dishes that dazzle the judges. Alton and the Chairman welcome the five remaining chefs at an empty auction house. In this challenge the chefs bid on ingredients (ponzu sauce, perhaps?) with time; a winning bid comes from the chef who claims he/she can cook an interesting dish in the least amount of time. The chefs are judged based on the chance the chef has taken and the riskiness of the dish. Taking a calculated risk and acting on instincts may be more beneficial than playing it safe.
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
7: Hamptons Beach Cookout
In this challenge, the chefs must create food for a Hamptons event that reflects the rich seafood bounty of the area. Double-elimination looms while the chefs must entwine their skills and focus on finding their "passion" to take a traditional beach cookout to Iron Chef-worthy heights. Who has the passion, the burning desire, to become the Next Iron Chef?
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
The remaining two chefs walk into Kitchen Stadium to complete their final test: PRESSURE. With the Chairman looking on and host Alton Brown commentating from the sidelines, the final challenge is themed around the winter holidays. Enduring the unpredictability and PRESSURE of Kitchen Stadium will determine who will become the Next Iron Chef.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
These chefs must re-live their experiences on the previous competitions and redeem themselves.
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
The chefs create an innovative take on international classics.
Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Photographer Todd Selby captures each chef's personality in a single snapshot; the chefs must use these photos as inspiration for putting one of their opponents' personalities on a plate.
Sunday, November 25th, 2012
The remaining 7 use can goods to make a dish they choose.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
An ingredient auction where the currency is the chef's cooking time.
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
The chefs are asked to fuse unusual ingredients into something new.
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
The chefs must create a buffet that is Las Vegas style.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
8: Passion and Respect
Each judge selects an ingredient and will shape the chefs ''last supper'' in Las Vegas.