Ten contestants are faced with a tough challenge early on the show, which is to create a dish from unthinkable ingredients.
Coming to Food Network this Sunday, October 4, the second season of "The Next Iron Chef" shares two minutes of intensity and personal words from "the 10 world's best chefs". For the first time they are given a look to the sophisticated workplace where they will cook, create and vie for the title to be the new Iron Chef.
"The Chairman" makes his appearance in the beginning of the show, encouraging the chefs to present him the best delicacies. As the first challenge, they will be told to cook a dish which represents their cultural background. Also, they are asked to make dishes made from some uncommon ingredients such as jellyfish, sea cucumbers, crickets, unlaid chicken eggs, and duck tongues.
Some chefs take the challenge rather positively. Jose Graces from Philadelphia said, "I'm a lover of all kinds of foods and styles of cuisine, so I take every ingredient as a welcome challenge. The challenge is to make everything taste good, not just the things that you like or the things that everyone has tried before."
This season's line-up only consists of two female chefs, Dominique Crenn and Amanda Freitag. On how she feels toward the male domination, she told Monster and Critics, "I just look to complete my work as best I can in all situations."