Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Next Iron Chef

Did you catch the new intro on Iron Chef this week? No Batali - finally. (He hasn't been on for at least a season.) Time for the Food Network to choose a new IC to join the ranks of Morimoto, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Cat Cora. Starting Sunday, October 3, TFN will be airing The Next Iron Chef, featuring 10 competitors battling it out for the title. It's interesting that several of them were featured in the most recent episodes of ICA (Brad Farmerie and Jehangir Mehta come to mind). Which came first - the individual battles, or their selection for the competition?

I'm thinking Amanda Freitag, left, already a FNHo, is going to take this one. But I could be wrong. Not that it's happened before....

We will be spared annoying pissant squabbling between Michael Ruhlman/Andrew Knowlton. This time the judges are Jeffrey Steingarten, Anya Fernald, and Donatella Arpaia, who hopefully will keep bitching and moaning to a minimum.

For more info on the show, check out the Food Network site.