Season Premiere Wednesday, April 4 at 9 PM ET/PT on Food Network
Each week, these seven chefs will utilize challenging ingredients from around the world to compete against each other, with one chef being eliminated. The chef left standing will then compete against notable Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon, with the goal of joining the ranks of Iron Chefs.
In the season premiere, the competition kicks off with Alton Brown's Chairman's Challenge that forces the seven chefs to show their resourcefulness by using a single protein in as many ways as possible. When one chef takes too many risks and another isn't risky enough, one of them ends up in the bottom. Then, things get real when two chefs fight to avoid elimination in a fishy first Secret Ingredient Showdown, and judges Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Ching-He Huang send one chef packing.
In episode three of the new season, the five chefs must prove their versatility as they take on the Chairman's Challenge to create a dish that epitomizes the cuisine of one of five countries: Thailand, India, Spain, Greece or Japan. It's clear that no one is safe when a previous week's winner lands on the bottom. Then, the competition is neck and neck when two chefs face a particularly tough Secret Ingredient Showdown featuring a game meat, and judges Iron Chef Jose Garces and Anne Burrell send one chef home.