Kitchen Stadium Heats Up With the First-Ever Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 10th, 2013

May Madness hits Food Network this spring as Iron Chefs battle it out — one-on-one — in the first-ever Iron Chef America: Tournament of Champions. With five episodes and a panel of revolving judges, the tournament features high-stakes, bracket-style battles between the best of the best in the culinary world. The tournament begins Sunday, May 5 at 10pm/9c with a face-off between the two newest Iron Chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Get the full schedule:

Episode One: Alex Guarnaschelli vs. Geoffrey Zakarian
Premieres Sunday, May 5 at 10pm/9c
Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli battles Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, with the winner moving on to face Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Episode Two: Marc Forgione vs. Jose Garces
Premieres Sunday, May 12 at 9pm/8c
Iron Chef Marc Forgione and Iron Chef Jose Garces go head-to-head, with the winner progressing to cook against Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Episode Three: Winner of Episode One vs. Symon Premieres
Sunday, May 19 at 9pm/8c
Iron Chef Michael Symon cooks against the winner of the Guarnaschelli vs. Zakarian battle. The judges for this battle are Ree Drummond, Aaron Sanchez and Trisha Yearwood.

Episode Four: Winner of Episode Two vs. Masaharu Morimoto
Premieres Sunday, May 26 at 9pm/8c
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto battles the winner of Forgione vs. Garces, in front of judges G. Garvin, Candice Kumai and Jeffrey Steingarten.

Episode Five: Finale
Premieres Sunday, June 2 at 10pm/9c
The winning Iron Chefs battle for the tournament championship. Judges Donatella Arpaia, Karine Bakhoum and Iron Chef Bobby Flay determine who will become Grand Champion.

Get to know the Iron Chefs better:

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Comments (42)

  1. Judy in WA says:

    Why isn't Bobby Flay in the mix? He should NOT be a judge! This should be GREAT FUN !!

  2. RSM says:

    Did I hit a FN nerve?

  3. Kathy says:

    I am disappointed no Bobby flay.

  4. nicole says:

    Anyone else find it a cop out that the " fish master" almost ALWAYS gets fish! Seriously..look it up! Lost some cred with me

  5. sam says:

    Bobby Flay rocks, I just feel the reason he's not in the tourney is because he's trying to not be so stressed out. Has anybody else noticed that, or is it just me?

  6. Jeannette says:

    I wish Mario and Cat would return and dump Jose; trade Alex for Amanda (since it's very obvious that Geoffrey mainly pulled for Alex for the win, no matter how much denial there is I don't buy it).

    But Mario and Cat need to return. Not only do I miss them but the show isn't what it used to be. Mario rarely lost a battle! And Cat is the original first female Iron Chef, she shouldn't have been replaced or anything.

  7. Ian says:

    Where the heck is Bobby Flay. He is always a judge and a critic for other people. He needs to be competing in this challenge too.

  8. Robert Phlay says:

    Garces got a bullshit decision win over Morimoto.

  9. Leah says:

    Well after watching the recent Tournament of Morimoto vs "OverSalting" Garces, My family will no longer be watching Iron Chef again! The show clearly has rig the Tournament to allow Garces to win even when his food and plating look like a four year old made it.

    If the Food Network is so hard looking for any ethnic chef they at least could not cheat to make other far better Chefs like Morimoto lose by looking the other way on things that any other chef would get chewed out for.

    • Guest1 says:

      Honestly, Morimoto usually needs as the ingredient fish to win. I think Garces is more versatile with different ingredients. He also has a better overall record of winning.

      • Bob Crist says:

        Morimoto has been doing Iron Chef in Japan or US for at least the last 12 years- Garces hadn't even gone to culinary school yet…. Morimoto was robbed, or he did a show for his Food Network contract and didn't want to waste his time away from his restaurants. BTW- WHERE IS MARIO????

  10. John D says:

    The secret ingredient made this a biased match-up. Liver gave Garces the advantage as it's not really used in Japanese cuisine. Morimoto was at a disadvantage from the start. The choice of secret ingredient should not give an advantage to one chef over the other because of their cuisine specialty. In the original line-up, each chef had their specialty. Morimoto did Japanese, Batali did Italian and so on. The newest chefs serve pretty much the same cuisine with a different face cooking the food. Symon, Zakarian, Guarneschelli, and Forgione are the ones in that group. Garces is the exception as his specialty is Spanish/Latin American.

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