Midseason Review: The Craziest Moments So Far of The Next Iron Chef

by in Shows, December 2nd, 2012

Chef Amanda FreitagWe’re only halfway through this unprecedented season of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, and it’s already proven to be one for the ages. In just four short weeks, we’ve witnessed the first Chairman’s Challenge in which the rivals have cooked with their secret ingredients before, Kitchen Stadium’s very first food fight and an unparalleled chef alliance that left the judges’ panel a bit miffed and two rivals on the brink of elimination. When it comes to battling for redemption, nothing is predictable.

With all of the drama unfolding week after week, you can be sure that we’ve collected a now-overflowing batch of images that captures the most-memorable unfoldings from these unforgettable episodes. Want to relive the craziest moments of Next Iron Chef so far? Check out this season-in-review photo gallery and see just what this year’s group of rivals has been up to in the competition.

Watch this exclusive preview of tonight’s episode and tune in at 9pm/8c to find out which rivals survive to cook another day.

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Comments (20)

  1. hOOtersfan says:

    When are Sandra Lee's twins going to make a guest appearance?

  2. Kate says:

    I watched Chef Marcel Vigneron in Top Chef, and he is a force to be reckoned with. So, it is disgusting to see how the rest of the competitors (and Alton Brown) are treating him like a nobody. Sure, he's had his shortcomings, but he is very talented. Treat him with respect just as you would like to be treated. The way everybody in this show treats Marcel (and Spike) is deplorable. And you all want to be respected? WHo are you all to cast a stone? Appleman…you may be a James Beard winner, but do you think your behavior in this show is model behavior? I think not.

    • FanFare59 says:

      I completely agree with you. I actually feel sorry for him and hope he does well, overall. Marcel has been targeted from day one. I also found it egregious that Simon told him that he is not respected by the rest of the cooks in the cast. Fortunately, he believes in himself more.

      • Episode says:

        I hope Marcel does good too. I think all the tampering is just to get to him but he's really holding himself up. Just remember cheating says more about the individual who cheats than the person being cheated.

  3. Eld says:

    Tonight was a second example of Zacharian being basis to Alex. She did not complete the challenge, there was no risk……..she should have been in the bottom. They are sending some home for not taking as risk in the bottom two, yet it was not part of the judging…. For shame

  4. Carolyn says:


  5. FanFare59 says:

    You forgot to mention the following for crazy:
    1. The Chairman doesn't bother to show up anymore and it's supposedly HIS gig!
    2. Alton seems to get to comment loudly and vote too.
    3. Everyone has ganged up against one cheftestant: Marcel. Even a judge told him that he is disliked by the rest of the cast. (Was that to psych him out?)
    4. Zakarian has blatantly pushed his gal-pal (Alex) along even when she serves junk.
    5. Cheating has been pervasive and unending. Mehta turned burners off. Appleman shoved Marcel. Alex stole an ingredient from Marcel and laughed about it.

  6. Episode says:

    Why do you need a key to open canned corned beef? Perhaps to give you an opportunity to think about what you're really opening?

  7. Maria Smith says:

    I think last nights show was the most disgusting example of cheating. Falkner deserved to win. Math will tell you that she only had one mistake. The other chef had two. His main ing. could not be tasted in two of his dishes. I think Zakarian does not want to face Falkner in the Iron chef arena, later down the road. If it is not do fairly, you will have one less viewer. And i bet this is the last season for this show.

    • Susan says:

      I totally agree with you….a true miscarriage of justice! She should have beaten Zakarian last time around. I wonder what will happen with the remaining women???

  8. Ken Dallman says:

    I know this has nothing to do with the food or the competition, but why do they keep pronouncing Amanda's last name the way they do? Freitag is German for Friday and phonetically it should be pronounced FyrTock.

  9. Fly Army says:

    This season is clearly fixed, Chef Zakarian praises every dish made by Guarnaschelli, so obvious how much he favors her! How annoying is Guarnaschelli with all of her corny commentary! Guarnaschelli would tarnish the Iron Chef name!

  10. burçlar says:

    great review and program…. but I want Falkner back too

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