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Alton Brown Talks 'The Next Iron Chef,' Retiring 'Good Eats' and Why He's Not Cool Until He Appears on 'MythBusters'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 28th 2011 4:30PM
It's hard to imagine the Food Network without thinking of Alton Brown. For 13 years, viewers of all ages invited Brown and his Peabody Award-winning show 'Good Eats' into their homes. After nearly 250 highly entertaining and deliciously appetizing episodes, Brown decided to hang up his apron and retire his popular show.

But the self-described "mastermind" (or at least that's what it says on his business cards) has a few more tricks up his sleeve, including several 'Good Eats' specials, continuing to offer smart commentary on 'Iron Chef America' and returning as host of Season 4 of 'The Next Iron Chef' (premieres Sun., Oct. 30, 9PM ET on Food Network).

We caught up with Brown to talk about the upcoming season, saying goodbye to 'Good Eats' and why you should never call him a chef -- unless you want to insult him.

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Food Network Stars to Compete on 'The Next Iron Chef'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 19th 2011 5:00PM
Food Network is switching up its formula for 'The Next Iron Chef' and pitting its established stars against each other for the title.

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

Anne Burrell, Michael Chiarello, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chuck Hughes, Robert Irvine, Beau MacMillan, Spike Mendelsohn, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian will compete in 'The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs.' Only one will take the title of Iron Chef.

Alton Brown will host the new eight-episode season.

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'The Next Iron Chef' Winner Is Crowned

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 22nd 2010 5:30PM
the_next_iron_chef_food_network_logoAfter weeks of challenges and culinary gymnastics, Food Network's 'The Next Iron Chef' competition came to a rip-roarin' finale. In Kitchen Stadium, the last two chefs, Marco Canora and Marc Forgione, faced off to see who's cuisine reigned supreme.

For the finale, there was no obstacle or last-minute challenge to overcome. No, it was a straight-on battle in Kitchen Stadium. In addition to the three judges who've been there all season long (Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arapaia and Iron Chef Michael Symon), two additional Iron Chefs were included -- Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto.

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Ousted 'Next Iron Chef': 'I Never Wanted to Change My Style'

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 15th 2010 7:00PM
the_next_iron_chef_logo_food_networkIf you watched last night's penultimate episode of Food Network's 'The Next Iron Chef,' you know that the competition was intense.

In fact, it was such a tight race that it surprising to see which two chefs were sent home. Both made just the slightest missteps in their nearly flawless, high-end, luxury dishes.

The theme of the night was seduction, and the final four were asked to make not only their food sexy, but a cocktail, too. The first challenge was creating a seductive cocktail with a snack food to complement the drink.

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The 10 Best Food Network Shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 13th 2010 10:00AM
food_network_logoFor a network that began just 17 years ago, the Food Network has become a cable television fixture and a pop culture sensation. Its cooks and chefs and foodies of Food Network have become celebrities.

Since its debut on Nov. 23, 1993, Food Network has expanded like mad. It launched food products that fill our supermarket shelves. There's media exposure via a website and monthly magazine ... and that doesn't include Rachael Ray's talk show and Guy Fieri's game show and Alton Brown's grape juice commercials. And it launched a secondary outlet in The Cooking Channel.

But the key to all the success is the Food Network itself.

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Ousted 'Next Iron Chef': 'Buffets Are Not My Deal'

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 8th 2010 4:00PM
the_next_iron_chef_logo_food_networkAnother week, another chef bites the dust. Actually, it was very nearly two chefs, as host Alton Brown declared that there would be a double elimination on 'The Next Iron Chef.' However, a twist occurred that kept four chefs still in the running ... and only one sent home.

As we near the end of the competition, the stakes are higher and not just because the show has been transported to Las Vegas. For the five contestants going at it last night, the first challenge was the bane of many chefs -- a pastry challenge.

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Ousted 'Next Iron Chef': 'No More Pineapples in My Repertoire'

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 2nd 2010 10:40AM
the_next_iron_chef_food_network_2010The battle has been joined and after Sunday night's round of Food Network's 'The Next Iron Chef,' there are just five contestants left in the competition. It was an intense episode and the judges made their final decision by the thinnest of margins.

Two challenges were put to the contestants. The theme of the night was respect, and in the first challenge, the secret ingredient was potatoes. For the second challenge, the test was much more daunting: Create four dishes that exemplify the four regions of America -- north, south, east and west -- in just 90 minutes ... keeping in mind that respect is the key.

To learn how the challenge played out and who will not be 'The Next Iron Chef,' read on. Also, we've been fortunate enough to get an exit interview with the chef. Learn how it feels to be so close to your dream, only to learn that you've missed it by so very little.

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Alton Brown On 'The Next Iron Chef' and Jumping Through Flaming Culinary Hoops

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 30th 2010 2:00PM
alton_brown_good_eats_food_networkThere's no more ubiquitous and beloved star of the Food Network than the Peabody-award winning host of 'Good Eats,' Alton Brown. In addition to his 12 years as the host and creator of 'Good Eats,' Brown has also hosted 'Feasting on Asphalt,' 'Feasting on Waves,' is the expert commentator on 'Iron Chef America' and host of 'The Next Iron Chef America.'

'The Next Iron Chef America' begins its third season Sun., Oct. 3 at 9PM on Food Network. In anticipation of the competition, Alton shared his thoughts about the show, as well as a few other revelations. For instance, how did Emmy-winning TV chef Ming Tsai end up in 'The Next Iron Chef'?

What will be different about this season of 'The Next Iron Chef'?

You know what? A lot. It's a happier show, in a lot of ways, than it's been before. Season 3 had a real positive vibe to it, even for a show that's incredibly grueling. And it is more grueling from a competitive standpoint than either season that came before. The tasks are much harder, but for some reason if felt like a friendly shoot.

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Alton Brown calls Top Chef a "sous chef kind of show"... then takes it back

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 8th 2009 1:02PM
Alton BrownGiven the popularity of the second-season opener of The Next Iron Chef, I figured it was a good time to pull out this interview I did with the show's host, Alton Brown, at the network's TCA party in July. It was definitely the tastiest party of the tour, as each Iron Chef contestant plied the critics with delectable morsels of their creativity at various stations.

In a bit of a surprise, one of the contestants, Amanda Freitag, was being assisted by her friend Ariane Duarte, one of the more popular contestants from rival program Top Chef's New York season (I was so flabbergasted by the turn of events, I snapped a pic of the two with my cell phone). When I pointed this tidbit out to Brown, his response was very interesting...

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The Next Iron Chef is sizzling

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 8th 2009 11:26AM
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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.

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VIDEO: Alton Brown Dishes About 'Next Iron Chef,' Kitchen Gadgets & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 2nd 2009 3:00PM
Alton BrownThe title of Iron Chef is not something the Food Network takes lightly, which is why they gather only the best chefs from around the world to compete to become 'The Next Iron Chef.'

As host, commentator and all around cooking guru on 'Iron Chef America,' Alton Brown has seen it all in Kitchen Stadium. Leading the reality competition once again for season 2 (premeires Sun., Oct. 4, 9PM ET on Food Network), Brown opened up exclusively to AOL TV about what it takes to win the title. "We're looking for something very specific," Brown admits. "We're looking for people that can tell stories with their food."

But how does he always know what the chefs are cooking up to tell those stories? (Something about pattern recognition.) And would he ever compete on 'Iron Chef' himself? (This question gets a big laugh out of him.) Lastly, I had to know -- after touting the usefulness of so many kitchen gadgets on his other hit show, 'Good Eats,' what's his favorite multi-tasking tool? (Panini, anyone?)

Click here to watch the full interview ...

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VIDEO The Show Girl: Alton Brown, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'The Naughty Kitchen' & More!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 25th 2009 9:00AM
Curb Your EnthusiasmYou've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

This week, Alton Brown serves up some scoop on 'The Next Iron Chef,' I get pumped for the 'Seinfeld' reunion on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and a reality cooking show heats up on Oxygen. (OK, OK ... so I completely forgot to talk 'Private Practice' as promised this week, but I'll make it up to you with a full video Q&A with Amy Brenneman here.)

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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2009 Food Network Fall TV Premiere Dates

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 18th 2009 1:38PM
Bobby FlayUnpack your knives: Beginning next month, the Food Network will unveil a whole new plate of shows, including returning fare 'The Next Iron Chef,' 'Iron Chef America' and 'Down Home with the Neelys' -- plus new offerings such as 'Alex's Day Off,' featuring network veteran Alex Guarnaschelli.

Here's a taste of what to expect, courtesy of the Food Network.

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'Iron Chef' Vs. 'Top Chef': Whose Cuisine Reigns Supreme?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 31st 2009 3:00PM
One of the best parts of the TV Critics' Press Tour is the over-the-top evening parties thrown by the networks to congratulate us on surviving another day of panels. (OK, and to promote their shows and stars.)

At last night's lavish Food Network event, we were introduced to this year's 'Next Iron Chef' hopefuls and got to sample their delights, but only the (TV) foodies in the crowd noticed that 'Top Chef' alum Ariane Duarte was assisting chef Amanda Freitag.

Here's one anonymous publicist's hilarious reaction:
Iron Chef America's Bobby Flay"A 'Top Chef' contestant assisting an 'Iron Chef'? Seems like the right hierarchy to me! [Laughs]"

-- Food Network publicist,
at the network's chef-studded affair

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