The Search for a New Iron Chef

Get ready for a new Food Network reality series—The Next Iron Chef premieres Sunday, October 7, at 9 p.m. After combing the country for new “culinary stars,” Bob Tuschman, senior vice president of programming and production at the Food Network, announced the following list of competitors who’ll be vying for the Iron Chef title:

John Besh (New Orleans) Executive Chef, Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Lüke, and La Provence
Chris Cosentino (San Francisco) Executive Chef, Incanto

Jill Davie (Santa Monica) Chef de Cuisine, Josie

Traci Des Jardins (San Francisco) Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Jardinière, Mijita, and Acme Chophouse

Gavin Kaysen (San Diego) Chef de Cuisine, El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Morou Ouattara (Washington, DC) Executive Chef and Owner, Farrah Olivia

Aarón Sánchez (New York) Executive Chef and Owner, Centrico and Paladar

Michael Symon (Cleveland) Executive Chef and Owner, Lola and Lolita

The judges for the show will include cookbook author and food writer Michael Ruhlman, Bon Appétit Associate Editor Andrew Knowlton, and the glamorous New York City restaurateur Donatella Arpaia. At the end of the series, the last chef standing will be cooking with Mario, Bobby, Morimoto, and Cat in the Kitchen Stadium. Anybody feel like placing an early bet on the winner?

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