Next Iron Chef Vietnam launched in city
By Kieu Giang in HCMC
Reality show The Next Iron Chef Vietnam (Tim kiem Sieu Dau Bep) was launched on Tuesday at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon in District 1.
The show, organized by VTV and TVPlus, will be aired every Sunday at 11 a.m. on VTV3 with the first episode on November 18.
The Next Iron Chef is a series of TV cooking competitions between professional chefs with the goal to find the winner who will join the resident Iron Chefs for the next season who will then compete with other guest chefs in a timed cooking battle built around a specific themed ingredient.
Since its debut in October, 2007 on Food Network in the U.S., The Next Iron Chef has received great support from audiences and has been held for four seasons.
The Vietnamese version will combine culinary and tourism and will be filmed at some well-known resorts like Muibe Bay, The Cliff, Pandanus and Victoria Phan Thiet in the beautiful coastal city of Phan Thiet, Mui Ne in Binh Thuan Province for the first series while the second will be filmed in HCMC.
Each series will feature the battles of ten chefs in eight episodes where they are challenged to find ingredients for their food and finish their creations in a regulated time. The chef with the lowest rank will be eliminated each week with two chefs eliminated in the first episode.
Those who enter the final round battle are allowed to have two assistants to create five courses in one hour with a mystery ingredient. The winner will bring home a cash prize of VND50 million, a medal and appear on Iron Chef 2013 as resident chef.
The judging panel consists of Duong Huy Khai, a Vietnamese-American chef who won the gold prize at the International Beijing Culinary Competition in 2012 and is the first Vietnamese chef to get a star on Cordon Bleu Boulevard in France; David Thai, a Vietnamese French who was Chef de Cuisine for Indochine-Vietnamese Cuisine and Sous Chef at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.
The third member will be a celebrity with an extensive food background, including Didier Corlou, executive chef of the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi and Kim Oanh, Miss Sport Vietnam 1993 owner of Wrap&Roll restaurant chain.