Episode 1: The Premiere (Ingenuity)
Chef Caswell on seeing Chef Tsai: "Ming Tsai? Come on, is that fair?"
The theme this season is "American Cuisine" as 10 esteemed chefs arrive in Los Angeles ready to prove to the Chairman they have what it takes to become The Next Iron Chef. The Chairman's charge for this episode is ingenuity and for the Secret Ingredient Challenge, the secret ingredient is bread. The chefs must make a sandwich that represents their personality in 30 minutes. Ingenuity is vital in the Chairman's Challenge, because the threat of elimination looms as the chefs find themselves on a beach cooking with the one ingredient they said they would want if stranded on a desert island.
Chef Andrew Kirschner is the first to hear those dreaded words: "You will not be The Next Iron Chef." See the plan behind his fateful duck dish.
Whose desert island dish reigns supreme? Judge Donatella Arpaia calls Chef Tsai's trio "beautifully composed."
Get personal with Chef Andrew Kirschner and judge Simon Majumdar on the FN Dish.