Chatting With the Latest ‘Next Iron Chef: Super Chef’ Exile

by in Shows, November 7th, 2011

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The fourth season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs is in full swing with 10 new chefs fighting it out for a grand prize that so many would-be chefs covet: joining the ranks of Iron Chefs Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces and Michael Symon. Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Super Chef to get the boot.

This week, Robert Irvine won the judges over with his hotburg, but still found himself battling it out with Michael Chiarello in a sudden-death challenge.

FN Dish: The creation of the hotburg (hot dog and burger in one) was a complete success. Are you using that great concept somewhere else now?

RI: I have not used nor am I currently using the hotburg in any area. It was a great creation for a spur-of-the-moment challenge.

FN Dish: The deconstructed fish taco, however, was not a success and led you to the sudden-death challenge with Michael. After watching Spike and Marcus battle it out the week before, what were you thinking?

RI: The deconstructed taco was an awesome invention, too. There were problems beyond my control, like going last, which put me in the bottom two.

FN Dish: It looks like you used mascarpone cheese instead of tahini for your hummus. Did you do that on purpose? Tell us why you did that.

RI: I was making humus without chickpeas or tahini as they were unavailable and the secret ingredient was peanuts. I used mascarpone on purpose, as I thought that was a good substitute.

FN Dish: If anyone knows how to work under the pressure of a clock, it’s you. What are some additional lessons you’ve taken away from this experience?

RI: The lessons that I took away from the competition are really simple: Always remain true to yourself, have fun and every day is an adventure. Food is also like wine: Everyone has a different opinion. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.



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Comments (819)

  1. Dale says:

    I know the show is over, but I had to get this out…After the travesty that was Robert Irvine leaving for his hummus being 'too thick', but Chef Chiarello got to stay without using all of the 'secret' ingredients on his food, we stopped watching NIC, only checking back in for the final two episodes teh see who else would be run out of the kitchen. The fact that one or more of the competitors noted that Chef Chiarello had omitted some of the needed ingredients was totally missed by the judges. I agree that it appears that Michael Symon had it out for Robert. This was pretty obvious to my family, and apparently others. I also agree with others that Chef Symon needs to be rotated out as a judge for any competition…

  2. farprof says:

    Symon, Forgione and now Zacarian? Boring. Why even watch Iron chef anymore? And does anyone else notice there is clearly still a lot of prejudice against women chefs?

  3. Susan says:

    I really can't believe these people are so stupid. Nobody can be that lame and that clueless.

  4. P_Fagioli says:

    You have a strange idea of what sponsorship is. Product placement is a revenue source but a different concept.. And usually done a bit more subtly than this.

    For most people, sponsorship is what happens every 15 mins. or so between scenes. That's more than enough to cover the ten grand.

  5. MattfromWA says:

    According to the post from Sandy, yet another restaurant fails to keep using Roberts menu!
    I wonder why they never use the same designer for two makeovers in a row anymore. In earlier seasons, Taniya once did four or five in a row. Maybe they don't want the designers creativity to get burned out from overuse. Liked how this one turned out though.

    • 1Dishy says:

      Oh I so agree with you about Chef Zakarian. He is a great chef, but he didn't get the challenge at all!! He was supposed to transform existing ball park food into iron chef worthy ball park food. He was clueless!! And I don't care if he's never been to a ball game or not. You MUST know that ball park food doesn't require utensils!! And even though Chef Robert's humus was a little too thick, he used the peanuts three ways on one dish. I think that should have been successful. Love Robert Irvine!!

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