In the season premiere of Next Iron Chef: All Stars, 10 chefs are brought to the middle of nowhere and their primal instincts are put to the test. Split into five teams, the chefs are given the most basic tools to build their own cooking stations before creating their Iron Chef-worthy dishes.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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