‘Next Iron Chef’ cast announced: Not an L.A. chef in the bunch

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We know this much: Your ‘Next Iron Chef’ will not be from Los Angeles. Seasons 2 and 3 of ‘The Next Iron Chef’ both included L.A. chefs. And both of them -- Andrew Kirschner and Eric Greenspan -- were eliminated in the very first episodes. OUCH!

So is it a coincidence that Season 4 of ‘The Next Iron Chef’ doesn’t include a single L.A. cheftestant? Food Network isn’t saying.


But Tuesday’s announcement that the new season begins shooting in Los Angeles and New York and is slated to debut Oct. 30 sets the stage for another celebrity death match between Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine. This rivalry could reach epic proportions if the recently ‘Chopped All-Stars’ showdown was any indication. (Someone might have to put Irvine on suicide watch if he doesn’t beat Burrell in this thing. He’d probably happily pass on winning ‘TNIC’ as long as he outlasts Burrell.)

There’s more in store for ‘Chopped’ fans, too. We’ll finally -- finally! -- get to see Alex Guarnaschelli on the hot seat. Visit our entertainment blog, Show Tracker, for a look at the rest of the lineup, which also includes a former ‘Top Chef’ favorite.

-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch