The heat is on for Chef Celina Tio this Sunday at 8 p.m. when The Next Iron Chef debuts on the Food Network. She's competing against nine other chefs in the show's third season.
The weekly food competition involves two separate battles (challenges). The first is based on a secret ingredient, while the second is an elimination challenge. The finale winner earns the title of Iron Chef and the right to defend that title against up-and-coming chefs in subsequent episodes in the aptly named Kitchen Stadium.
Tio, who won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest in 2007, is not the only accomplished chef in the field. Marc Forgione was recently awarded a Michelin star for his New York City restaurant, Marc Forgione. Ming Tsai starred on his own cooking program, Simply Ming, and his restaurant, Blue Ginger, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, earned him a James Beard Award in 2002.
Tio's restaurant, Julian, is hosting a watch party on Sunday. The kitchen will be making the food she made while competing on Next Iron Chef. While the watch party is sold out, she added a second seating at 5:30 p.m. Call 816-214-8454 to find out if there are available tables. The dinner is $35 per person. You can also grab a glass of wine and watch the show on the patio where Tio will have a television set up.
The good news is that the show's trailer suggests we'll be seeing her on subsequent Sundays. If that's true, make a reservation for next week.
The third season of The Next Iron Chef runs on Sundays at 8 p.m for the next 10 weeks, beginning on October 3.
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