Chef Chris Cosentino enters Kitchen Stadium for the first time and challenges Iron Chef Mario Batali to a culinary showdown. Will Chef Cosentino's creativity best Iron Chef Batali?
Challenger stats: Chef Cosentino
From: Rhode Island
Interests: Cycling, hanging out with my family, reading cookbooks
Ideal secret ingredient: Offal of any type
Culinary inspirations: Jean Louis Palladin, Mark Miller, historical recipes and cooking techniques
Ideal judge: Jeffrey Steingarten
Culinary secret weapon: Single varietal extra virgin olive oils. Each one has a distinct flavor.
Favorite restaurant: St. John in London
Favorite food: I can't say I have a favorite food, but for my last meal I'd choose a really good blood sausage with sizzled farm eggs.
Food you won't go near: I'll try anything once.
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Balut, a Filipino embryonic duck egg. It had a formed bird with feathers and all inside and it was crunchy.
Favorite food destination: A farmer's market anywhere in the world
Alternative dream job: Professional cyclist
Iron Chef Cat Cora is challenged to a culinary battle by Chef David Myers who is hoping to steal a victory.
Challenger stats: Chef Myers
From: Los Angeles
Restaurants: Sona, Boule
Cuisine: Modern French/Seasonally Spontaneous
Interests: Surfing, and traveling
Ideal secret ingredient: It would be a fun challenge to do anything.
Ideal judge: Jeffrey Steingarten
Culinary secret weapon: My team
Favorite restaurant: Sushi Nozawa
Favorite food: Sushi
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Fugu sperm sack
Favorite food destination: Tokyo, Singapore, and all over Europe
Alternative dream job: Architect
Chicago Chef Graham Bowles challenges Iron Chef Flay to a sweet battle. Can he hold his own in Kitchen Stadium, or will Chef Flay walk home the winner?
Challenger stats: Chef Bowles
Restaurant: Avenues at The Peninsula Chicago
Ideal secret ingredient: Foie gras
Interests: Politics, government
Culinary inspirations: Music, art, poetry, traveling
Ideal judge: Mathias Merges, Frank Bruni
Culinary secret weapon: Touch/finesse
Favorite restaurant: Cafe Salamera, Alinea, Hot Doug's
Favorite food: Laughing Cow cheese, macaroni & cheese, ramen noodles
Food you won't go near: Black licorice
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Dog
Favorite food destination: I'm living in it! Chicago is on top right now.
Alternative dream job: President of the United States of America
Chef Lynn Crawford from Toronto challenges Iron Chef Bobby Flay to a battle of international proportions. Will this Canadian chef return home a victor, or will Iron Chef Flay take home the win?
D.C. Chef Jose Andres enters Kitchen Stadium to challenge Bobby Flay to a succulent battle. Will Chef Andres take home the title of Winner, or will Chef Bobby Flay prove too much culinary prowess? Tune in to see whose cuisine reigns supreme!
Challenger stats: Chef Andres
From: Mieres, Asturias, Spain
Restaurants: Cafe Atlantico, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Minibar by Jose Andres, Oyamel
Cuisine: Spanish cooking! Also, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese and Mexican. Minibar is where I let my imagination go free.
Interests: Barca, my family, good food and wine, technology and travel
Ideal secret ingredient: Cigalas, centollo or lobster
Culinary inspirations: Ferran Adria, Juan Mari Arzak, Martin Berasategui, Thomas Keller and all the guys who work with me.
Ideal judge: Ferran. It would be an honor to have my friend and mentor there.
Culinary secret weapon: Mortar and pestle, microplane, iSi bottle, Spanish olive oil
Favorite restaurant: Depends on my mood! Some days it would be French Laundry or El Bulli. Another day it would be Rompeolas or Rafas, or maybe something at La Boqueria in Barcelona.
Favorite food: Again, depends on the day! Sometimes jamon Iberico or fabada asturiana or soft shell crab. Other days I want centollo and sidra or cigalas a la plancha or watermelon and tomato or sea urchin or sashimi. Other days, nothing is better than pancakes and maple syrup with my girls. And sometimes you can't beat a good hamburger.
Food you won't go near: I can't think of any!
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: I don't know! This depends on perspective, no? What is weird to me is normal to you! And visa versa. I guess people might think percebes (gooseneck barnacles) are weird. They look like something from the movie Beetlejuice.
Favorite food destination: Casa Gerardo in Asturias for fabada, Chesapeake Bay for blue crab, El Bulli for anything.
Alternative dream job: Soccer player, actor, playwright, astronaut or sailor
The heat is on in Kitchen Stadium as Chef Peter Kelly challenges Iron Chef Bobby Flay to a grilling extravaganza!
Challenger stats: Chef Kelly
Restaurants: Xaviars at Piermont, Freelance Café & Wine Bar, Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar, X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Interests: Food, wine and basketball
Ideal secret ingredient: Crab
Culinary inspirations: The Earth, the seas and Alain Chapel
Ideal judge: Mom
Culinary secret weapon: There are no secrets
Favorite restaurant: Galitoires N.O.
Favorite food: Crab
Food you won't go near: Lima beans
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Spam Parmesean (with Velveeta)
Favorite food destination: Beaune, France
Alternative dream job: Political operative
The Chairman has spiced up this competition by inviting Mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim and Bridget Albert to compete with the Chefs. Chef Robert Gadsby paired with Bridget Albert challenge Iron Chef Mario Batali paired with Tony Abou-Ganim. While the Chefs compete to outdo each other with their succulent variations, the Mixologists must prepare five drinks to go with each dish that also highlight the secret ingredient. Which team's cuisine will reign supreme?
Challenger stats: Chef Gadsby, Mixologists Abou-Ganim and Albert
Chef Robert Gadsby
From: Great Britain via Italy, France, Singapore and Thailand
Restaurants: Noe Restaurant & Bar (Los Angeles) & Noe Restaurant & Bar (Houston), 676 Restaurant & Bar (Chicago)
Cuisine: Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Progressive American
Interests: Spending time with family, travel, wine collecting
Ideal secret ingredient: Seafood
Culinary inspirations: David Burke, Alfred Portale, Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Gray Kuntz, Evelyn (my mom)
Ideal judge: Drew Nieporent, Slim - my fiance (two of my heroes)
Culinary secret weapon: Magic Spoon
Favorite restaurant: Matsuhisa (Los Angeles), Alinea, Babbo, French Laundry/Per Se, Cafe Gray
Favorite food: Anything with seafood or vegetables and Indian cuisine
Food you won't go near: Durian
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Alligator
Favorite food destination: New York, Japan and Spain
Alternative dream job: Special Forces
Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim
From: Las Vegas
Restaurants: Brass Rail Bar
Cuisine: Cocktails, fizzes, collins, flips, juleps and smashes
Interests: Cooking, motorcycles, eating, cycling
Ideal secret ingredient: Apple
Culinary inspirations: Helen David and Dale DeGroff
Ideal judge: Harry Denton
Culinary secret weapon: Handheld lime press
Favorite restaurant: Babbo, Lupa, Coney Island, Bouchan, Le Central
Favorite food: Fried pickrel, streak pomme frites, mint love letters
Food you won't go near: Celery
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Pigs knuckles in chocolate sauce
Favorite food destination: Paris
Alternative dream job: Surfer
Mixologist Bridget Albert
From: Shorewood, Ill.
Restaurants: Bellagio Casino and Resort, Southern Wine & Spirits of Ill.
Cuisine: Classic cocktails
Interests: Family, friends, travel
Ideal secret ingredient: Mint
Culinary inspirations: Rachel Ray, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Robert Gadsby
Ideal judge: Dale Degroff
Culinary secret weapon: Fresh lime juice - this brings a cocktail to life!
Favorite restaurant: Any place in Chicago!
Favorite food: Anything my mom makes
Food you won't go near: Fast food in an airport
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Dandelion flowers
Favorite food destination: Mom's kitchen
Alternative dream job: A rock star - if only I could sing!
Chef Marc Murphy challenges Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Whose cuisine will reign supreme?
Challenger stats: Chef Murphy
From: Grew up all over, now I live in New York City
Restaurants: Landmarc, Ditch Plains and Landmarc at Time Warner Center
Cuisine: French bistro, rustic Italian
Interests: Family, surfing, cooking, art, ballet and opera, motorcycle riding
Ideal secret ingredient: Bacon
Culinary inspirations: Traveling. I grew up all over Europe and each city I lived in (Rome, Genoa, Paris before I was 10) provided inspiration.
Ideal judge: Gale Greene, Ruth Reichl, Melissa Clark
Culinary secret weapon: My team
Favorite restaurant: Crispo, Extra-Virgin, A Voce
Favorite food: Grits with blood sausage and a fried egg
Food you won't go near: Coffee, okra
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Goat eyeballs
Favorite food destination: Italy
Alternative dream job: Racecar driver, architect