Jehangir Mehta is the chef and owner of Graffiti and Mehtaphor restaurants in New York City. After falling to Iron Chef Jose Garces in the finale of The Next Iron Chef Season 2, it was his goal to finally earn the coveted title this season, but ultimately he was eliminated in the sixth episode.
In the season premiere, Chef Mehta was given a final opportunity to redeem himself with buffalo, the ingredient that cost him the finale win in Season 2. He wrote to himself, "I deserve to win," and although his duo of buffalo offerings wasn't the best dish of the day, he did achieve redemption.
An unsuccessful attempt at representing Chef Spike Mendelsohn on a plate forced Chef Mehta to compete in a four-way cereal Showdown. Lucky for him, his Indian-inspired offering with Kellogg's Rice Krispies and Raisin Bran was strong enough to keep him in the competition for another week.
Challenged to transform everyday canned chicken into an Iron Chef-worthy dish, Chef Mehta paired this preserved meat with green curry and spiced rice, and it was well received by the judges' panel. Donatella complimented him on "extremely juicy and transformative chicken," and Iron Chef Zakarian added that this dish boasts "sheer genius."
Instead of working with many different-flavored fruit candies at once in a culinary marriage with bone marrow, Chef Mehta devised a plan to separate them and cook with only a single color at a time, so as to take advantage of their distinct tastes. He would "simmer orange [candies] in oil" and "grate green" ones to feature in a vinaigrette and salad, respectively.
Despite beautifully roasted bone marrow, Chef Mehta's plate was deemed too fatty, and he was sent to the Secret Ingredient Showdown to face off against Chef Nate Appleman in Battle Shrimp. Both rivals had to cook on Japanese teppanyaki grills — metal flattops — instead of traditional stovetops, but Chef Mehta was nevertheless confident. "You have to just face it, just go very strong. Full force," he said.