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NIC Season 5 Behind the Scenes

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Season 5 of The Next Iron Chef.

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Season 4, Episode 1

Primal: Heat and Meat

In the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, 10 Chefs are brought to the middle of nowhere and their primal instincts are put to the test with a suckling pig. Split into five teams, the chefs are given the most basic tools to create build their own cooking stations before creating their Iron Chef worthy dishes.

Friday
Nov 4
8pm | 7c
Season 4, Episode 2

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The chefs are brought to Petco Park in San Diego, where host Alton Brown presents their next test: TRANSFORMATION. The chefs are asked to use ingredients they source at the ballpark concession stands (think hot dogs and peanuts) to prepare two Iron Chef-worthy interpretations of stadium classics. Transformation is the goal: Which chef takes ballpark foods and transforms them into dishes worthy of Kitchen Stadium?

Saturday
Nov 12
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 3

Let's All Go to the Lobby

An Iron Chef has the INGENUITY to see the extraordinary culinary potential in ordinary circumstances and ingredients. In this challenge, the chefs are brought to the Orpheum Theater, where Alton reveals the raw material for the Chairman's Challenge: iconic movie snack bar goodies, including popcorn and all the candy classics. The chefs have 60 minutes to create two dishes that show off their movie snack bar ingredient in the most ingenious way.

Friday
Nov 18
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 3

Let's All Go to the Lobby

An Iron Chef has the INGENUITY to see the extraordinary culinary potential in ordinary circumstances and ingredients. In this challenge, the chefs are brought to the Orpheum Theater, where Alton reveals the raw material for the Chairman's Challenge: iconic movie snack bar goodies, including popcorn and all the candy classics. The chefs have 60 minutes to create two dishes that show off their movie snack bar ingredient in the most ingenious way.

Saturday
Nov 19
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 6

Food Auction

In Kitchen Stadium, chefs must take culinary RISKS. Time and again the risk-takers are the ones who create the spectacular dishes that dazzle the judges. Alton and the Chairman welcome the five remaining chefs at an empty auction house. In this challenge the chefs bid on ingredients (ponzu sauce, perhaps?) with time; a winning bid comes from the chef who claims he/she can cook an interesting dish in the least amount of time. The chefs are judged based on the chance the chef has taken and the riskiness of the dish. Taking a calculated risk and acting on instincts may be more beneficial than playing it safe.

Saturday
Dec 3
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 7

Hamptons Beach Cookout

In this challenge, the chefs must create food for a Hamptons event that reflects the rich seafood bounty of the area. Double-elimination looms while the chefs must entwine their skills and focus on finding their "passion" to take a traditional beach cookout to Iron Chef-worthy heights. Who has the passion, the burning desire, to become the Next Iron Chef?

Saturday
Dec 10
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 7

Hamptons Beach Cookout

In this challenge, the chefs must create food for a Hamptons event that reflects the rich seafood bounty of the area. Double-elimination looms while the chefs must entwine their skills and focus on finding their "passion" to take a traditional beach cookout to Iron Chef-worthy heights. Who has the passion, the burning desire, to become the Next Iron Chef?

Tuesday
Dec 13
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 5

New York on a Plate

The remaining chefs are brought to Charlie Palmer in NYC's Grand Central Station for their next test: STORYTELLING. Alton reveals six postcards and hidden on the back of the cards are six iconic NYC locations. The chef who won the Chairman's Challenge the previous week assigns each chef a New York location. The mission? The chefs must create a culinary story based on one of these iconic sites and present how they have each put New York on a plate. Will they incorporate iconic foods like the beloved New York bagel?

Saturday
Nov 3
8pm | 7c
Season 4, Episode 8

Finale

The remaining two chefs walk into Kitchen Stadium to complete their final test: PRESSURE. With the Chairman looking on and host Alton Brown commentating from the sidelines, the final challenge is themed around the winter holidays. Enduring the unpredictability and PRESSURE of Kitchen Stadium will determine who will become the Next Iron Chef.

Saturday
Nov 3
11pm | 10c
Season 4, Episode 6

Food Auction

In Kitchen Stadium, chefs must take culinary RISKS. Time and again the risk-takers are the ones who create the spectacular dishes that dazzle the judges. Alton and the Chairman welcome the five remaining chefs at an empty auction house. In this challenge the chefs bid on ingredients (ponzu sauce, perhaps?) with time; a winning bid comes from the chef who claims he/she can cook an interesting dish in the least amount of time. The chefs are judged based on the chance the chef has taken and the riskiness of the dish. Taking a calculated risk and acting on instincts may be more beneficial than playing it safe.

Sunday
Nov 4
12am | 11c
Season 5, Episode 4

Transformation

The seven remaining chefs have reached the half-way point in this competition and now they must not only battle for their own redemption, but they must prove they can redeem and transform ingredients that some would think are unworthy for Kitchen Stadium, into Iron Chef-worthy fare.

Thursday
Nov 29
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 7

Transcendence

The four remaining chefs have dazzled the judges with their culinary magic and now, they meet with legendary Las Vegas magician David Copperfield. Through a little sleight of hand, Copperfield "magically" produces an ingredient that must be used by the chefs as they tackle one of the Chairman's classic challenges from the past -- the re-invention of the Las Vegas buffet. The chefs cook in teams and must create a buffet that is Iron Chef worthy and transcendent in both flavor and presentation.

Thursday
Dec 20
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 4

Transformation

The seven remaining chefs have reached the half-way point in this competition and now they must not only battle for their own redemption, but they must prove they can redeem and transform ingredients that some would think are unworthy for Kitchen Stadium, into Iron Chef-worthy fare.

Friday
Dec 27
1pm | 12c

Iron Chef Judges

The Road to Redemption's rival chefs were challenged to impress returning judges Simon Majumdar and Donatella Arpaia, last season's winner Geoffrey Zakarian and host Alton Brown.

About the Show

Ten of the country's best chefs test their speed, artistry and creativity as they compete to join the most elite culinary society: the Iron Chefs.