Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Watch Iron Chef Gauntlet Wednesdays on Food Network (DStv Channel 175) and on DStv Now at 21:00.

From heart-stopping competition show Iron Chef comes to Iron Chef Gauntlet. Seven chefs battle it out for the opportunity to make it to the final, where they must defeat the three Iron Chefs in order to win the title.

Watch Iron Chef Gauntlet Wednesdays on Food Network (DStv Channel 175) and on DStv Now at 21:00.

Chairman Alton Brown serves up the weekly challenges, beginning with an array of wild ingredients before going the whole hog in a nose-to-tail challenge, and testing adaptability with sweet and savoury dishes. With renowned guest judges such as Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Forgione and Giada De Laurentiis, there’s no room for the competitors to be less than amazing if they want to get their shot on Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Meet the Chefs

Chef Dady: Fennel

I am a big fan of fennel. I think it’s extremely versatile. You can do a lot with it and use a lot of different techniques. It can be sweet or savoury, so to me it’s the underlying flavor — onion and fennel go in every dish I do almost, so I think that Battle Fennel would be pretty interesting.

Chef Sawyer: Artichokes or Offal

I feel like those two things I have an extreme advantage on. No. 1, I just understand offal meat probably better than anybody else — definitely better than anybody else in this competition but mostly better than anyone else in the country. Spleens and livers and gonads and lungs and everything. It’s those offcuts that we really embrace, because they’re affordable. Artichokes, that’s just kind of therapy for me. I can turn artichokes like a b—–.

Chef Gulotta: Lime Leaf

If they took the altar up and it was lime leaf, then I think I could have a lot of fun with that, because I use lime leaf in everything that I do in my restaurants. Could be something different tomorrow, but today we’ll say lime leaf.

Chef Arrington: Bone-In Rib Eye

You can do so many things with it. Take the bones off and make a killer broth or stock or sauce. Take the eye, do something with that. I think that’d be a fun ingredient.

Chef Gruenberg: Eggs

I feel like eggs would be really challenging but also so versatile that you could really do a lot of things with them.

Chef Nakajima: Some Kind of Dry Fish

Seafood’s my strength.

Chef Izard: Goat

Although that would be really hard in an hour depending on what parts they give us.

Catch Iron Chef Gauntlet Wednesdays on Food Network (DStv Channel 175) and DStv Now at 21:00.