Kitchen Stadium Heats Up With the First-Ever Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions by Sarah De Heer in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 10th, 2013
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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.