About the Show
It's time, once again, to answer life's most savory question: whose cuisine reigns supreme? Iron Chef Showdown begins by pitting two of the most formidable chefs in the country against each other in the Chairman's Challenge, where they must create their best dish based upon a secret ingredient. Host Alton Brown serves as the sole judge to determine which chef will earn the right to face a legendary Iron Chef in the Secret Ingredient Showdown. Then, it's "Allez Cuisine!" as Japanese tradition comes back to life in Kitchen Stadium with Alton, the Chairman, floor reporter Jaymee Sire and a notable pantheon of culinary experts who sit in judgment over the epic battles.
Alton Brown’s flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother, who nurtured his budding culinary talent, and which he skillfully used later “as a way to get dates” in college. Switching gears as an adult, Alton spent a decade working as a cinematographer and video director, but realized that he spent all his time between shoots watching cooking shows, which he found to be dull and uninformative. Convinced that he could do better, Alton left the film business and moved to Vermont to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. Soon after, Alton tapped all of his training to create Good Eats, a smart and entertaining food show that blended wit with wisdom, history with pop culture and science with common cooking sense. Alton not only wrote and produced the shows but also starred in each offbeat episode on Food Network; the series premiered in 1999.Read More