To binge Iron Chef or not to binge, that is the question.
Netflix recently released an eight-episode extremely competitive culinary series titled Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. The show is a reboot of the 1993 Japanese and 2004 American shows of the same name.
Despite only being eight-episodes long, fans loved the quick-paced concept. Alton Brown's ready wit was enjoyable, as was also Mark Dacascos’s martial arts skills in the first episode and his overall dramatic approach to the series.
The new format of the show, where food was to be made with specific ingredients given by The Chairman, was a hit with the audience.
The 2022 version, much like the previous ones, only has a few funny moments but is pumped with thrills that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The series is very competitive and features extremely well-trained culinary genuises and Challenger Chefs, all of whom are expected to get creative with their dishes.
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Season recap of Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend
Season 1 of the culinary battle show featured seven Challenger Chefs:
- Claudette Zepeda
- Curtis Duffy
- Esther Choi
- Gregory Gourdet
- Mason Hereford
- Mei Lin
- Yia Vang
To win the title of 'Iron Legend', the Challenger chefs are required to battle against five renowned chefs - Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Gabriela Camara, Marcus Samuelsson and Ming Tsai - who are all considered to be culinary geniuses.
Here are some highlights from the show:
Warning: Spoilers ahead
In Episode 1, chef Mason Hereford fought against chef Curtis Stone by cooking five street food dishes using lamb. They were also asked to present the final course of the meal with fire.
Esther Choi won the tailgating challenge in Episode 2 and proceeded to the finale. She went against Marcus Samuelsson and beat him in the round, which involved using ribs to make their dishes.
Challenger Curtis Duffy could not defeat famous French chef Dominique Crenn in Episode 3, where they were asked to use milk and a pastry element in five dishes.
In Episode 7, Challenger Gregory Gourdet and Mei Lin battled against Ming Tsai to prepare five dishes using white sturgeon, which was alive and caught by the chefs.
Eventually, Esther Choi went on to become a finalist with her Korean dishes.
While Choi did reach the finale, she was defeated by the Iron Chefs by one point. She cooked five dishes while each of the culinary giants cooked one. The dishes were all meant to represent food that changed their lives.
Choi prepared Golden Tomato Tteokbokki with Pork and Shrimp Dumplings, Hanabi Crudo, Ssam Story (Langoustine Shawarma with Hummus), Lobster Ramen and Crab Bibimbap.
Chef Crenn, Chef Ming Tsai, Chef Camara, Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Chef Curtis Stone prepared Langoustine Tarte, Truffled Shrimp Shumai, King Crab Tostada, Lobster Bird with Chicken and Curried Dungeness Crab respectively.
Esther scored 82 points, while the Iron Chefs scored 83, thus winning by a narrow margin.
All episodes of Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, Season 1 series are available on Netflix.