Art Smith is the first Iron Chef judge to later appear as a Challenger, as opposed to challengers returning as judges after their battles.
Cheddar Cheeses provided for this challenge are:
Devon Cheddar from England
American Cheddar from Pennsylvania Amish Country
Kevin Brauch: I have a new found appreciation for cutting cheese.
Alton Brown: Did you ever know that you needed such a big knife to cut cheese?
Kevin Brauch: Well, we've actually seen fish go down more easily than the cheddar.
Alton Brown: Live fish!
Alton Brown: They're cleaning a really big fish, that is a striped bass, as sous chef Ryan is on fish-cleaning detail. You know, the Chairman has a saying here, "you gotta gut 'em, before you can cut 'em." Or at least I think he does.
Alton Brown: (as Cat Cora grates cheese) That's funny, that box grater would be demolished if she just dropped that cheese onto it. She's got a fifteen pound block of farmhouse cheddar going into an eight dollar box grater!
Alton Brown: To the victor I offer this cautionary proverb, "remember, the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
Chairman: You have been here as a judge, but today you will be judged. Are you ready for a trial by fire here in Kitchen Stadium?
Chef Smith: Yes.
Chairman: Very good, and now our pleasant chatter will cease. Tell me, which Iron Chef will feel the burning steam from your high tech stove?
Chef Smith: I share a common thread with one of the Iron Chefs. I choose Iron Chef Cat Cora.
The challenger, Art Smith, has been personal chef to Oprah Winfrey for ten years, has been a judge on Iron Chef America numerous times and just fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening his first restaurant, Table 52, in Chicago.