The behind-the-scenes secret of Iron Chef on Netflix’s hit cooking show

Cooking show Iron Chef has received a Netflix revamp, so let’s dive into the secrets of filmmaking that may or may not spoil the magic for you.

Iron Chef has received its third US adaptation following the premiere of Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend on Netflix on June 15, 2022.

The first, titled Iron Chef USA, failed in 2001 but the Food Network revived it four years later under the name Iron Chef America. After 13 years running, the second remake shuts down its kitchen but it’s clear fans have been pleading for the return of the head-to-head cooking show.

The great Chief Iron Chef America, Mark Dacascos, is reprising his role, although the professionals have been replaced by a number of new, experienced cooks.

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Iron Chefs are as unpredictable as they would like you to think

The show’s premise revolves around a challenger chef competing with the Iron Chef to prepare a dish featuring a secret ingredient revealed by the Chief at the start of the episode. At the end of the season, the challenger with the highest score faces all five Iron Chefs to become the first Iron Legend, winning the Golden Knife.

The secret ingredient is not very secret

Chef Peter Kelly, who beat Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America, disclose that contestants were given hints about unusual materials because they were given several choices before filming. The chef then gives the producer a shopping list for every possible secret ingredient, so depending on what is being bought, the cooks know the secret product.

Iron Chef: Iron Legend Quest. Claudette Zepeda in episode 104 of Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. Cr. Adam Rose/Netflix © 2022

Iron Chef every episode is a stand-in silhouette

Part of the fun is the suspense over who the contestants choose to compete against, but matches take place weeks in advance.

The chefs’ dramatic podium rises are also filmed during the first episode or before cooking. This brings us to the next secret: since the match has been selected, only the selected chef is on location, so the unneeded Iron Chef is actually a substitute. It can be very time consuming for celebrity cooks to attend to unnecessary filming when they have the kitchen to command!

Iron Chef: Iron Legend Quest. Gabriela Camara in Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. Cr. Adam Rose/Netflix © 2022

The chairman is not the nephew of the original Japanese chairman

Don’t believe all the TV’s telling you because the chairman of Quest For An Iron Legend is not related to the chairman of OG Japan Takeshi Kaga. Actor and martial artist Mark Dacascos has been lying for 17 years after taking on the role in 2005.

Although he is best known for his alter ego, he appeared in Hawaii Five-O as Wo Fat, and minor roles in CSI, Lucifer, and John Wick 3 among others.

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The judges might be eating a dish that the chef didn’t even prepare

Even though this was a competition, after all, it was for entertainment, so the crew still needed to capture the perfect shot. The serving of the dish can be recorded up to three times to film all angles, so the assessment can be how are you takes up to 45 minutes.

So yes, the hot food will cool down and the ice cream will melt after an extra hour. The solution? The sous chef will remake the dish, meaning the judges probably won’t be consuming the original creation – the sous chef should not mess it up!

Iron Chef: Iron Legend Quest. Episode 107 of The Iron Chef: The Quest for the Iron Legend. Cr. Adam Rose/Netflix © 2022

Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, albeit one that’s terrible. He is always on social media following the latest news and trends and is a HITC expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV, and fashion – her favorite things to write about.

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