Australia serves up Iron Chef

By Peter Allott

Aug 19, 2010

Seven is to follow in the footsteps of the Japanese cult-classic cooking show, Iron Chef, by producing a home-grown version.

Continuing the popular trend for everything MasterChef, Seven’s new show will be hoping to tap into the current obsession for on-screen cooking, which has produced mind-blowing ratings for channel TEN.

Helming the new show are three of Australia’s most highly regarded chefs: Guy Grossi, Rockpool’s Neil Perry and Bennelong’s Guillaume Brahimi.

Production starts in Melbourne next month, with producers hoping to avoid the lack of success that has plagued other international versions that sought to replicate the cult edge of the original, which ran for 300 episodes in the '90s.

In the competition, the chefs are put through a culinary challenge where they must create four original dishes that incorporate a "secret ingredient". The contestants have one hour of cooking time and will go head-to-head with one of the professional chefs.

In the words of Seven publicity: "The kitchen stadium is where the battle will take place, and viewers will have front-row seats to the pressure-cooker environment that is a commercial kitchen. Whose cuisine will reign supreme?"

If the Australian version does not live up to expectations, you can always watch the original show, which is rerun frequently on SBS. Watch the video below for the ridiculous brilliance of the original dubbed version...

Will you be watching?

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  • abba321 Aug 24, 2010

    Iron Chef Japan is the king of all chef shows. It didn't cross over into American culture without losing that certain je ne sais quoi. If anyone can do it justice, though, the Aussies can. I for one can't wait to watch them try.