Gird yer loins – pork loins that is – Iron Chef UK is coming to a TV near you.

4 People who know how to poach an egg

Described as cross between Mastermind and Gladiators Iron Chef UK  will hit our screens in April 2010 with muggins here as one of the judges!

Food? Eating? Talking?  Me? Can it be true?
Sworn to secrecy until now, I can reveal the new show that will be talk of the steamie and will whip all our foodie aspirations into a frenzy as the biggest food program to come out of Japan and USA – in fact Michelle Obama has appeared on the US version.
It’s mad, it’s bad and  it’s seriously entertaining. Filmed at Film City in Glasgow the set was home to 4 iron chefs Tom Aikens, Martin Blunos, Sanjay Dwivedi and Judy Joo
Aikens had two Michelin stars by the 26 – HELLO!
Blunos is the founder of the famous Restaurant Lettonie.
Delhi-born Dwivedi has toured with the Rolling Stones

Judy Joo would make yer average supermodel feel like a sack of tatties.

It will run Monday-Friday 5pm on Channel 4, yes it’s the Come Dine With Me Slot starting in April.

During filming I had my camera to hand at all times as fellow judges Richard Johnson, Kate Spicer, Gizzi  and Joanna Blythman amongst others tasted and judged some wonderful and some frankly not so wonderful dishes.  Can it really be called a job sitting watching the preparation of world class food then being called upon to taste it? Well on this occasion yes. Thank you God.

Presenter Olly Smith is touted as being the next big thing. Warm, hilarious and with an energy that comes second only to a 50,000 gallon vat of Red Bull he and Nick Nairn present and commentate on what is going on in the gladiatorial arena that is the kitchen.  One Iron Chef is pitted against 4 contenders. They must prepare a starter or main course, or in the Iron Chef’s case 2 of each using a mystery ingredient, within the alloted time.

Recorded as live the pressure is such that there is no room for error or the faint hearted. 

Clearly this woman couldn't take the pressure

 You see the crux of the matter is until all cooks, Iron or otherwise get into the kitchen  they have no idea  what the secret ingredient is so they cannot plan ahead. It could be duck, mince, eggs, snails or dung they just don’t know.

Ooooh the mystery ingredient. What will it be?

 So it really is a test of  culinary knowledge, creative skills and speed of thought. Riveting to watch up close and riveting to watch on screen. April is the date when it will arrive like soda syphon in the face on your TV screen. Watch this space. (Cadet).

More behind the scenes exclusives to follow.



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