Next Iron Chef: Inside the Rivals' Journals, Episode 1

Peek inside an eliminated chef's top-secret journal from The Next Iron Chef Season 3.

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The Next Iron Chef Journals

Upon arrival on set in Los Angeles, each rival received a red journal to use for dish planning and reflection.

First To Go

Eliminated week one, Chef Kirschner didn't get much time to fill the pages.

Sandwich Inspiration

Chef Kirschner plans for the first secret ingredient challenge. He's going for a "spring vegetable bruschetta."

Surveying the Pantry

In The Next Iron Chef kitchen, Chef Kirschner checks out what ingredients are available to make his dish come to life.

Finished Product

Chef Kirschner's ideas materialized into this sandwich: Prosciutto and Wild Mushroom Bruschetta With Black Truffle, Tomato, Asparagus and Fontina.

Recipes On the Fly

Chef Kirschner writes out recipes from memory for different components he might be able to use in future dishes.

Lots of Lists

Staying organized is an important skill in any kitchen. Chef Kirschner plans out prep lists in advance for marinades, lemongrass risotto and a curry broth.

Unlucky Duck

Check out an ingredient list for the fateful duck dish that sent Chef Kirschner home in the Chairman's Challenge. On the opposite page, he lists the essential tools he'll need for the dish.

Visualizing the Dish

A revised version of Chef Kirschner's prep list and the "island" ingredients available


Chef Kirschner grabs the ingredients he'll need for the desert island dish.

From Page to Plate

The dish that ultimately sent Chef Kirschner packing: Duck Salad with Green Papaya, Mango and Sea Bean. Chef Arpaia said the whole hot pepper burned her palate, and Chef Symon was unhappy with the way the fat was rendered. In Alton's words: "All great chefs have bad days."

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