I left Durham for Manhattan and the Next Iron Chef party and what was a reunion of all the chefs who competed. Also good to see the elegant and intense chairman, and the impressive Alton Brown, who, in "real" life is pretty much exactly as he is on the screen, though his sense of humor is, happily, more wicked than parental discretion rules allow on the network. It debuts today, Sunday, October 7 at 9 pm on the food network.
I've always been excited about this show because it does pit eight talented chef-restaurateurs against one another and focuses, more than any other competition shows I've seen, on the food and on the cooking. The "reality" quotient is as high as it can logically be. And frankly, i'm looking forward to seeing how grumpy my fellow judge Andrew Knowlton comes off as.
I'll be here after the debut for Monday morning quarterbacking and to field questions and comments, should there be any.