Jose Garces is going to be one of the competitors in the upcoming round of Next Iron Chef.
Unfortunately, Food Network isn’t just going to crown him champ, so let’s look at the competitors:
The ten contestants include:
Nate Appleman (Chef/Butcher, New York, NY)
Dominique Crenn (Chef de Cuisine, Luce at InterContinental San Francisco, San Francisco, CA)
Brad Farmerie (Executive Chef, Double Crown, Madam Geneva, PUBLIC and The Monday Room, New York, NY)
Amanda Freitag (Executive Chef, The Harrison, New York, NY)
Jose Garces (Executive Chef & Owner, Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Philadelphia, PA)
Eric Greenspan (Executive Chef & Owner, The Foundry on Melrose, Los Angeles, CA)
Jehangir Mehta (Executive Chef & Owner, Graffiti, New York, NY)
Seamus Mullen (Executive Chef & Partner, Boqueria Flatiron and Boqueria Soho, New York, NY)
Holly Smith (Chef & Owner, Cafe Juanita and Poco Carretto Gelato, Kirkland, WA)
Roberto Treviño (Executive Chef & Owner, Budatai, San Juan, PR)
The NYC-heavy roster features ten contestants, two more than the last edition of the show which produced winner Michael Symon, but which also resulted in exposure for Chris Cosentino Aarón Sanchez, who ended up with an upcoming show on Food Network. So the folks taking part may not come home with the title, but it’s a nice way to get your food (and your face) in front of a wider audience.
Sure, the show doesn’t quite have the pedigree or the cache of the currently running Top Chef Masters, but JOSE GARCESOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!
And dudes, have you all suddenly become Iron Chefs in the kitchen. ES thinks not. Send us your Friday Fuck Ups! STAT! firstname.lastname@example.org