Next Iron Chef, Season 3: Behind the Scenes of Episode 5

Browse The Next Iron Chef rivals' dishes and get a closer look at the fifth episode's challenges.

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Photo By: EDWARDCHEN

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What's Next?

The chefs await the announcement of their next Secret Ingredient Challenge and realize that something is missing today: the altar where their surprise ingredient is to be revealed.

The Secret Ingredient Is ...

Potatoes! A massive truckload of potatoes — six different varieties — arrives on set.

Respect

The challenge is all about showing respect for the humble potato. Alton points out that peeling potatoes used to be military punishment and Lt. Col. Barnes from the U.S. Army is on hand to help judge.

Chef Caswell's Potatoes

Black Truffle Tater Tot With Purple Potato Vinaigrette

Chef Tio's Potatoes

Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Terrine With Golden Raisins and Figs

Chef Forgione's Potatoes

Creme Fraiche Dumpling With Potato Brown Butter and Pancetta

Pure Potato

Chef Tsai focuses on his dish: a risotto made with sweet potatoes in place of the traditional rice. "Potatoes are the heroes. I need to make sure you taste it."

Chef Tsai's Potatoes

"Hooah" Sweet Potato Risotto With Star Anise-Carrot Syrup and a Yuzu Snow Pea Salad

Chef Chauhan's Potatoes

Potato Ravioli With Peruvian Potato and Goat Cheese Filling and Sweet Potato Lemongrass Sauce

Winning Dish: Chef Canora's Potatoes

Jewel Box of Potatoes: Butter-Poached Potato Pearls With Morels, Favas and Palm Puree

High-Stakes Chairman's Challenge

Next, the chefs must cook their way across America with four dishes: one each from the North, South, East and West. "The five of you left standing will take an actual road trip." — Alton Brown

Advantage Canora?

As the Secret Ingredient Challenge winner, Chef Canora gets first pick of ingredients. "That's the best advantage anyone has had so far." — Chef Tsai

Out of His Element?

"The Americana thing, it's not really my shtick. Not very user-friendly for the Old-World Italian cook guy." — Chef Canora

Chef Canora's Plate

Snapper Crudo With Apple (East); Raw Vegetable Salad (West); Louisiana Fried Soft Shell Crab (South); Rosemary and Lavender Marinated Lamb Chop (North)

Southern Comfort

No one doubts that Southern boy Chef Caswell can make a mean plate of collard greens. But how will he fare in the North, East and West?

Chef Caswell's Plate

New Waldorf Salad (North); Watermelon Gazpacho (West); Crawfish and Grits (East); Roasted Snapper and Braised Collard Greens (South)

Philly Connection?

Chef Tio makes caramel sauce for her Eastern dish, a Philadelphia-style butterscotch cake. She grew up there, and it's also the hometown of Iron Chef Jose Garces — a guest judge for this round.

Chef Tio's Plate

"Lobster Roll" (North); Dirty Rice With Crawfish and Etouffée Sauce (South); "Pork Belly Pot Roast" (West); Ode to Philadelphia Snack Cake (East)

Making Up Time

After losing the Secret Ingredient Challenge, Chef Forgione has a disadvantage in this one: He's the last one to select his ingredients, and a lot of the good stuff is gone.

Chef Forgione's Plate

Chinois on Main Chinese Chicken Salad (West); Cornmeal Dusted Fish With Bacon-Braised Collard Greens (South); New England Clam Chowda (North); Delmonico Steak Tartare (East); Strawberry Shortcake

Feeling Confident

Chef Tio and Chef Chauhan hug it out and Chef Tsai fist-bumps Chef Caswell after completing the challenge. "Alton says we're going on a road trip and that really puts pressure on people. I love that pressure." — Chef Tsai

Chef Tsai's Plate

Winning Dishes: Frozen Garden Gazpacho (West); Butter-Poached Day Boat Scallop (East); Hoisin Barbecue Quail (South); Black Bean Glazed Veal Rib (North)

Next Stop: Vegas

Alton heads to the Chamber of Judgment, where the judges will decide which chef will miss out on the real road trip destination, Las Vegas. Who's staying behind?

Chef Chauhan's Plate

New England Clam Chowder (East); Luau in an Avocado Cup (West); Petit Buffalo Filet on Fingerling Rosemary Potatoes (North); Louisiana Bourbon Bread Pudding (South)

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