The Next Iron Chef is sizzling
by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 8th 2009 11:26AM
Even though I watch a lot of programming on the Food Network, I have to admit I missed almost all of the The Next Iron Chef in season one. Last Sunday, the second season of The Next Iron Chef blasted off with the best ratings for a series opener in Food Network history. Over two million viewers, a 1.1 rating among adults 25-54.
Why the big jump? Well, I think a lot of other people are like me. On Sunday, before I switched over to watch pro football, I clicked on Food Network where they were showing a marathon rerun of the first season of The Next Iron Chef. It only took half an episode for me to kick myself for not having watched the whole first season when it aired. It was terrific.
Alton Brown, one of my favorite Food Network pros, hosted and if you think Tom Colicchio is tough on Top Chef, you should see Alton. When Aaron Sanchez tried to add a little something to a plate after the timer had sounded on a challenge, I thought Alton was going to slug him. And the challenges were really tough; perhaps even more daunting than some of the Top Chef challenges.
Because I liked what I saw, I DVR'd the second season bow on Sunday night. Obviously, two million other viewers felt like me. I'm hooked for the rest of the season.