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Meet the Challengers Competing on Iron Chef Gauntlet, Season 2

This crew is setting out to claim culinary glory.

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Host Alton Brown with the Contestants, as seen on Iron Chef Gauntlet, Season 2.

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Dale Mackay (Saskatoon, Canada)

Although he hails from a small town in Canada, Dale Mackay's career has taken him to some of the best kitchens in the world. He was the Executive Chef at Gordon Ramsay's Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Tokyo and New York, as well as Daniel Boulud's Lumiere in Vancouver. Now he owns four restaurants in his native Saskatoon, where he experiments with global cuisine and is single-handedly responsible for reinvigorating the city's food scene. Mackay's accolades include Maclean's Magazine's "Top 100 Restaurants in Canada" 2013-1017, Western Living "Foodie of the Year" 2014, Vacay.ca "Top Ten Best Restaurants" 2013, EnRoute Magazine "Best New Restaurant in Canada" 2013, AAA Five Diamond Award 2007, Traditions et Qualite Highest Honors 2007 and youngest chef to win Relais & Chateau Grand Chef in 2007. He is also the winner of Top Chef Canada's first season.

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David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, California)

David LeFevre is the chef-owner behind the critically acclaimed Southern California restaurants Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J. Educated at the renowned Culinary Institute of America, the Wisconsin native's expertise has been nurtured by time spent in the world's best kitchens, including ten years at Charlie Trotter's celebrated restaurants in Chicago and Las Vegas, and seven years at Water Grill in Los Angeles, where he received accolades for his mastery of seafood and earned a prized Michelin Star. LeFevre has traveled the globe immersing himself in diverse food cultures and amassing a library of techniques attained from experiences ranging from stages at La Cote d'Or and Restaurant Jean Bardet in France, to a two-year trek through Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and the Caribbean. Since opening M.B. Post in 2011, LeFevre is a three-time James Beard "Best Chef" semi-finalist. M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and The Arthur J are a true reflection of LeFevre's roots, his travels, and his passion for preparing bold and playful, ingredient-driven dishes that are artisanal, soulful, and handcrafted.

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Hong Thaimee (New York)

Originally from Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chef Hong Thaimee is one of the most visible faces of Thai food in the US. As chef/owner of three NYC restaurants, she brings her True Thai flavors to a broad New York audience. She is a celebrity chef/entrepreneur, humanitarian activist, inspirational speaker and ambassador for Thai food. Hong put aside a successful career as a model and corporate executive in Bangkok to come to New York with the goal of starting a Thai food company. With a business degree but little kitchen experience, she talked her way into cooking jobs at Jean-Georges' Spice Market and Perry Street restaurants, where she mastered classic technique for five years. She left Jean-Georges in 2012 to open Ngam and focus on the Thai flavors of her childhood. The place, now known as Thaimee Table, quickly caught on, and was ranked as the "Best Thai Food in NYC" by The Village Voice in 2013. With her own restaurant as a base, Hong grew substantial catering and education presences, all driven by her desire to serve people and spread the word about real Thai flavors. "True Thai," her 2015 cookbook with Rizzoli, captures many of those flavors. In 2017, she opened Thaimee Box, a fast-casual spot, and Thaimee Magic, a kiosk in Gansevoort Market, serving the Magic Noodles that took over social media and topped Zagat's "12 Instagram Dishes of the Year" list. Hong appears regularly in media and events around the world and competed against Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. In 2018, she'll cook at James Beard House and the Culinary Institute of America.

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