The Next Iron Chef Preview
The Food Network is set to begin the second season of â€œThe Next Iron Chefâ€ and Phillyâ€™s own Jose Garces is among the 10 chefs vying for his own hydraulic lift in Kitchen Stadium. Anya Fernald, Donatella Arpaia, and Jeffrey Steingarten are the judges while Alton Brown hosts. Hereâ€™s a rundown of the contestants, some odds, speculation and predictions for the upcoming season.
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Chef and Owner, Budatai- San Juan, PR
Culinary Focus – Modern Latin
Iron Chef Record – Lost to Mario Batali in Battle Catfish
Why heâ€™ll win – Iron Chef is due for a great Latin Chef.
Why he wonâ€™t win – Not close to NYC, Jose Garces is in this competition.
Odds- 18 1
Chef and Owner-Cafe Juanita and Poco Carreto Gelato, Kirkland, WA
Culinary Focus – Northern Italian
Why sheâ€™ll win – One of the pioneers of the Pacific Northwestern food scene.
Why she wonâ€™t win – Located nowhere near NYC, Mario Batali is the resident Italian.
Chef and Partner, Boqueria, Flatiron and Boqueria Soho-New York, NY
Culinary Focus – Modern Spanish
Why heâ€™ll win – New York super-chef who would bring instant Spanish flair to ICA.
Why he wonâ€™t win – Untested in Kitchen Stadium.
Executive Chef, The Harrison – New York NY
Culinary Focus -Â Contemporary American
Iron Chef Record – Lost to Bobby Flay in Battle Alaskan King Crab
Why sheâ€™ll win – Already on the Food Network payroll as a judge on Chopped.
Why she wonâ€™t win – Not exactly the biggest personality in the room.
Executive Chef and Owner, Graffiti-New York, NY
Culinary Focus – Contemporary Indian
Iron Chef Record – Won against Morimoto in Battle Coconut
Why heâ€™ll win – Was very strong in his win over Morimoto.
Why he wonâ€™t win – Indian food has never fared well on televison.
Executive Chef and Owner, The Foundry on Melrose-Los Angeles , CA
Culinary Focus – French inspired American
Why heâ€™ll win – Pushes the envelope and would make for a very entertaining Iron Chef.
Why he wonâ€™t win – His personality may take center stage over his food.
Executive Chef, Double Crown, Madam Geneva, PUBLIC, The Monday Room-New York, New York
Culinary Focus – Asian/European
Why heâ€™ll win – Impressive resume includes only Michelin Star in the competition.
Why he wonâ€™t win – See: Freitag, Amanda.
Executive Chef and Partner, Pulinoâ€™s Bar and Pizzeria, New York, (formerly of A16 and SPQR, San Francisco )
Culinary Focus -Rustic Italian
Iron Chef Record – Lost to Michael Symon in Battle Suckling Pig
Why heâ€™ll win – Spontaneously left highly acclaimed A16 to come to New York to be a â€œbutcherâ€. James Beard Rising Star Chef. Seems destined for Food Network.
Why he wonâ€™t win – Kitchen Stadium doesnâ€™t have a pizza oven.
Chef de Cuisine, Luce at InterContinental- San Francisco
Culinary Focus -Farm to Table French
Why sheâ€™ll win – Esquireâ€™s Best Chef in America 2008.
Why she wonâ€™t win -Morimoto ( 10-9-1 career record) is proof that foreign born Iron Chefs donâ€™t always translate.
Executive Chef and Owner, Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Villiage Whiskey- Philadelphia, PA. Mercat a la Planxa- Chicago, IL.
Culinary Focus – Pan-Latin
Iron Chef Record – Victorious over Bobby Flay in Battle Melon/Brain Freeze
Why heâ€™ll win – One of the hottest chefs in the country. Close enough to New York to still appease the Food Network. Extremely successful win over Bobby Flay. Kinda looks like Emeril for old-times sake.
Why he wonâ€™t win – Seamus Mullen comes slinging small plates of his own.
Nate Appleman vs Jose Garces in a real David vs. Goliath culinary showdown. But this time Goliath is packing Pork Belly Buns, Shortrib Flatbread, and JamÃ³n ibÃ©rico. Next Iron Chef: Jose Garces.