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Welcome to The Next Iron Chef

The 10 Season 3 finalists arrive on set in Los Angeles, ready to meet their first challenge.

The Pantry

For the first Secret Ingredient Challenge, at least, The Next Iron Chef pantry is stocked with fresh produce and cooking essentials like oils and vinegars.

Finding Inspiration

Rivals survey the goods available in their Next Iron Chef pantry.

Earthy Bounty

The chefs have lots to choose from, including four kinds of mushrooms.

Shiitake or Portabello?

Chef Kirschner plots his strategy.

Dish Planning

Chef Tsai contemplates.

Game Face

Chef Chauhan devises a plan.

Let's Get It Done

Chef Forgione, ready for battle.

The Calm Before the Battle

Chef Estes is good to go.

Ready for Battle

The chefs await the annoucement of their first Secret Ingredient Challenge.

Inside the Next Iron Chef Kitchen

BlueStar ranges

Behind the Lens

The hardworking crew also prepares for battle.

The Off-Camera Cast

It takes a substantial production crew to shoot each episode.

Inside the Next Iron Chef Kitchen

BlueStar cookware

Up Close and Personal

Chef Chauhan and Chef Forgione put their heads down and focus on the cooking.

Hello, Camera

Alton lightens the mood on set.

Prep Talk

Alton discusses the game plan with the production crew.

Inside the Next Iron Chef Kitchen

Front-of-the-house dishes

Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Rivals kill time before the cameras roll.

Welcome ...

... to your first Chairman's Challenge.

Fun On the Job

Judges Michael Symon, Donatella Arpaia and Simon Majumdar share a laugh with Alton.

Filming in Paradise

The crew sets up on Paradise Cove, a beautiful stretch of beach in Malibu, Calif.

Where Are We?

On location for the first Chairman's Challenge

Downtime

The rivals get to know each other.

Ready to Cook

The kitchens for the Chairman's Challenge are bare bones.

Almost Go-Time

Chef Caswell and Chef Tio stand at the ready.

Quick Break

Food Network stars — they're just like us! Alton checks his phone during a break from shooting.

Battle Wounds

On The Next Iron Chef, somebody's always getting cut.

Challenge Complete

Who will live to cook another day? Catch the premiere of The Next Iron Chef on Sunday, October 3 at 9p/8c.

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