'Iron Chef Gauntlet' premieres this month on Food Network
After three years off the air, Food Network's "Iron Chef" makes its TV return on April 16. "Iron Chef Gauntlet" will be hosted by -- of course! -- food expert Alton Brown, who was the play-by-play announcer during "Iron Chef America" and then hosted all five seasons of "The Next Iron Chef."
Food Network fans won't be surprise to hear that Twitter is going nuts: "SO happy they're bringing iron chef back!!!" tweeted one user.
The new version of the show differs from its predecessor. Some background: "Iron Chef America" ran for an impressive 11 seasons on the Food Network and featured acclaimed chefs like Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay. The culinary game show pits a guest challenger chef against one of these professionals (Iron Chefs). Both chefs are on a tight time limit to whip up the superior dish based on a theme or ingredient.
"Iron Chef Gauntlet" will instead pit seven chefs up against each other for the chance to become an Iron Chef. Each week, one chef will be eliminated until one wins the coveted title.
"To be an Iron Chef is a big deal," Brown told Mashable. "I don't think any other title that can be gleaned from a competition e ver matched that ... going forward, that's what I'm concentrated on. I'm not so worried about the glam of it and the theater of it. Mostly I'm interested in maintaining an incredibly aggressive culinary competition and making it very much about the food."
"Iron Chef Gauntlet" premieres for its limited run on April 16 at 9 p.m.