The Chairman has had a culinary epiphany - he would like to add a new Iron Chef to his roster of gifted and adventurous culinarians. The Chairman invites 8 of the best Chefs in America to engage in culinary combat. The winner of this first-ever series of extraordinary cooking challenges will be elevated to the status of Iron Chef and "his/her name will be known throughout the land." Alton Brown, the Chairman's trusted assistant and culinary commentator will oversee the proceedings and administer the challenges.
Season 4, Episode 2

Take Me out to the Ballgame

The chefs are brought to Petco Park in San Diego, where host Alton Brown presents their next test: transformation. The chefs are asked to use ingredients they source at the ballpark concession stands to prepare two Iron Chef-worthy interpretations of stadium classics. Transformation is the goal: Which chef takes ballpark foods and transforms them into dishes worthy of Kitchen Stadium?

Saturday
Apr 15
5pm | 4c
Season 4, Episode 3

Let's All go to the Lobby

An Iron Chef has the ingenuity to see the extraordinary culinary potential in ordinary circumstances and ingredients. In this challenge, the chefs are brought to the Orpheum Theater, where Alton reveals the raw material for the Chairman's Challenge: iconic movie snack bar goodies, including popcorn and all the candy classics. The chefs have 60 minutes to create two dishes that show off their movie snack bar ingredient in the most ingenious way.

Saturday
Apr 15
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 4

Food is Funny

An Iron Chef's ability to improvise is a key to success in Kitchen Stadium. When ingredients on the altar are revealed, combatants in Kitchen Stadium must respond quickly to what the Chairman has thrown at them. Guest comedian Kevin Nealon and the audience at the Improv comedy club in Hollywood throw ingredient suggestions at the chefs -- everything from octopus to marshmallows, perhaps a coconut? Kevin selects a disparate list of ingredients to cook with and the chefs have 45 minutes to improvise an Iron Chef-worthy dish.

Saturday
Apr 15
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 7

Hamptons Beach Cookout

In this challenge, the chefs must create food for a Hamptons event that reflects the rich seafood bounty of the area. Double-elimination looms while the chefs must focus on finding their "passion" to take a traditional beach cookout to Iron Chef-worthy heights.

Saturday
Apr 15
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 5

New York On a Plate

The remaining chefs are brought to Charlie Palmer in New York's Grand Central Terminal for their next test: storytelling. Alton reveals six postcards and hidden on the back of the cards are six iconic New York locations and each chef is assigned a different location. The mission is to create a culinary story based on one of these iconic sites and present how they have each put New York on a plate. Will they incorporate iconic foods like the beloved New York bagel?

Sunday
Apr 16
12am | 11c
Season 4, Episode 6

Food Auction

In Kitchen Stadium, chefs must take culinary risks if they are to create the spectacular dishes that dazzle the judges. Alton and the Chairman welcome the five remaining chefs at an empty auction house. In this challenge the chefs bid on ingredients with time; a winning bid comes from the chef who claims they can cook an interesting dish in the least amount of time. Taking a calculated risk and acting on instincts may be more beneficial than playing it safe.

Sunday
Apr 16
1am | 12c
Season 4, Episode 7

Hamptons Beach Cookout

In this challenge, the chefs must create food for a Hamptons event that reflects the rich seafood bounty of the area. Double-elimination looms while the chefs must focus on finding their "passion" to take a traditional beach cookout to Iron Chef-worthy heights.

Sunday
Apr 16
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 3

Simplicity

The chefs arrive at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, where renowned photographer, Todd Selby, captures each chef's unique personality in a single snapshot. The Chefs return to the kitchen and must use these photos as inspiration for putting one of their opponents' personalities on a plate, in just one simple, tasty and delightful bite.

Friday
May 19
6pm | 5c
Season 5, Episode 4

Transformation

The seven remaining chefs have reached the half-way point in this competition and now they must not only battle for their own redemption, but they must prove they can redeem and transform ingredients that some would think are unworthy for Kitchen Stadium, into Iron Chef-worthy fare.

Friday
May 19
7pm | 6c
Season 5, Episode 6

Fusion

The chefs arrive in Las Vegas for the challenge of fusion. As in many a past classic NIC challenges, the chefs are asked to bring together and fuse unusual ingredients into something new and Iron Chef worthy. In this challenge, odd ingredients are randomly paired and the chefs must prove that opposites do attract ... even in the kitchen.

Friday
May 19
9pm | 8c
Season 5, Episode 6

Fusion

The chefs arrive in Las Vegas for the challenge of fusion. As in many a past classic NIC challenges, the chefs are asked to bring together and fuse unusual ingredients into something new and Iron Chef worthy. In this challenge, odd ingredients are randomly paired and the chefs must prove that opposites do attract ... even in the kitchen.

Saturday
May 20
1am | 12c
Season 5, Episode 7

Transcendence

The four remaining chefs have dazzled the judges with their culinary magic and now, they meet with legendary Las Vegas magician David Copperfield. Through a little sleight of hand, Copperfield "magically" produces an ingredient that must be used by the chefs as they tackle one of the Chairman's classic challenges from the past -- the re-invention of the Las Vegas buffet. The chefs cook in teams and must create a buffet that is Iron Chef worthy and transcendent in both flavor and presentation.

Saturday
May 20
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 8

Passion/Respect

For the final cooking challenge in Las Vegas, the three remaining Chefs must demonstrate their passion for cooking ... and their passion to become the Next Iron Chef. Each Judge selects an ingredient that stirs his/her own culinary passion which will shape the chefs' "last supper" in Las Vegas. One chef's Next Iron Chef dream will end after this meal and the final two will move on to Kitchen Stadium -- who will be "The Next Iron Chef?"

Saturday
May 20
3am | 2c

ABOUT THE HOST

Alton Brown

Alton Brown's flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother, a budding culinary talent he skillfully used later "as a way to get dates" in college.