Seven announces Australian Iron Chef

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 19th August 2010

Channel 7 has announced an Australian version of the international hit TV show Iron Chef, featuring Neil Perry, Guillaume Brahimi and Guy Grossi, to begin filming in a new Melbourne Kitchen Stadium in September.

The original Japanese cult favourite Iron Chef (which screens on SBS on Saturdays) and its successful American spin-off feature well-known restaurant chefs competing against their choice of one of three Iron Chefs, to create a meal using a secret special ingredient.

In Channel 7’s version, the Iron Chefs will “compete against aspiring professional cooks in a battle against the clock to produce the best menu, as judged by the most discerning food critics in the country.” Each chef will produce four dishes in one hour

The Iron Chefs:

Neil Perry – One of Australia’s leading and most influential chefs, Neil has managed several of Sydney’s top restaurants, including the award-winning Rockpool. This landmark establishment celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009, and since its inception has been consistently lauded by food critics world-wide. Among Rockpool’s many achievements is winning the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year Award for the third time in 2004 – the only restaurant ever to have achieved this distinction.

Guillaume Brahimi – Born in France, Guillaume worked at three-star Michelin restaurants, La Tour D’argent and Jamin in Paris, before moving to Australia. Within six months of opening his first restaurant Pond, he earned Two Chef Hats before joining Bilsons at Circular Quay. By 1998 he achieved the highest accolade of Three Chef Hats. In late 2001, he took over the flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong. By early 2002, Guillaume at Bennelong was named by Conde Naste Traveller as one of the top 50 new restaurants in the world and has gained Three Chef’s Hats.

Guy Grossi – A leading Australian chef, presenter and food media personality, Guy is owner and head chef of Melbourne’s iconic Grossi Florentino, the colourful Mirka at Tolarno Hotel in St Kilda, Grossi Trattoria, Bangkok and the soon to be opened The Merchant restaurant to be located in the Rialto Towers forecourt.

Timeslot, sponsorship and host are still in the works for the production, which may hit screens late this year, or early next year.