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 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 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 5, Episode 1

Resourcefulness

Ten great chefs arrive on "redemption beach" to find that they must cook with the ingredient that sent them packing from previous Next Iron Chef competitions. The chefs must re-write their unpleasant histories with these ingredients and get a jumpstart on the road to redemption. Who will fail to redeem themselves and go down in flames?

Friday
May 19
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 5

Risk

The six remaining chefs arrive at an airplane hangar to discover an ingredient auction. In this auction, the currency to win is the chef's cooking time. These aren't just any ingredients, the Chairman has given the chefs ingredients so large; they're transported in freight trucks. Can each chef risk their cooking-time to make their bids, and still have enough time left to cook these giant ingredients?

Friday
May 19
8pm | 7c
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.

Friday
May 19
10pm | 9c
Season 5, Episode 5

Risk

The six remaining chefs arrive at an airplane hangar to discover an ingredient auction. In this auction, the currency to win is the chef's cooking time. These aren't just any ingredients, the Chairman has given the chefs ingredients so large; they're transported in freight trucks. Can each chef risk their cooking-time to make their bids, and still have enough time left to cook these giant ingredients?

Saturday
May 20
12am | 11c
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
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
May 12
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
May 12
7pm | 6c
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?

Saturday
May 12
8pm | 7c
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
May 13
2am | 1c
Season 4, Episode 8

Finale

The remaining two chefs walk into Kitchen Stadium to complete their final test: pressure. With the Chairman looking on and host Alton Brown commentating from the sidelines, the final challenge is themed around the winter holidays. Enduring the unpredictability and pressure of Kitchen Stadium will determine who will become the Next Iron Chef.

Sunday
May 13
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.