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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

THE NEXT IRON CHEF: I GOT ME A JOB





A few days before Sybil and I got married, I received a call from my managing agent (yes, I have a managing agent, get over it) to say that I was being considered for a job. Both Sybil & I were very excited to hear the news. I was excited because, quite frankly I thought I was unemployable at this stage in my life and Sybil was excited because she thought I was exploring the "or for poorer" part of our vows a little too closely.

It turned out that I was up for one of the three postions as judge on the hit Food Network show, The Next Iron Chef. Over a number of weeks, ten of the USA's top knife wielders compete for a place amongst the ranks of seasoned Iron Chefs like Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Morimoto San.

To do this, they must face down various challenges provided by The Chairman and commented on, in his own unique style, by Alton Brown.

I was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to opine for money and, on October 3rd of this year, the onscreen battles will commence. Be sure to tune in and see who makes it to the legendary Kitchen Stadium as myself, Iron Chef Michael Symon and restauranteur Donatella Arpaia pass judgement.

As The Chairman puts it

ALLEZ CUISINE!

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Gastronomer said...

Damn cool, Simon! Congrats!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:57:00 pm  
Blogger Midwest Kitchen said...

Vote for Celine. She will rock your grumpy taste buds into action.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 1:12:00 am  
Blogger Lisa said...

Congrats on the gig!

Just interested, Alton has a well-known disdain for bloggers, so did he treat you well?

Thursday, August 26, 2010 1:42:00 am  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

Lisa

Alton was the very epitome of charm and we got along really well. I have to say it was a real privilege to see him doing his thing. There is NO ONE who can do what he does so well.

Simon

Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:22:00 am  
Anonymous gary marshall said...

congratulations simon!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 10:52:00 am  
Anonymous LornaC said...

Brilliant! Congratulations Simon

Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:16:00 am  
Anonymous Eliza said...

congratulations! Great stuff.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:29:00 pm  
Blogger The knife said...

Congrats Simon. Good show. Inspiring.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 8:22:00 pm  
Anonymous Raj said...

Congrats Simon. Please let us know when it airs on TV so we can see it.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 12:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Michael said...

At last!!!
Now if you could only come back and replace Greg Wallace on Masterchef......

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 1:52:00 pm  
OpenID lonestartolondon said...

That is so cool! Congratulations on the wedding and the gig!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 4:25:00 pm  
Blogger Anu said...

It will be great to see you on the show. (Just glad Donatella doesn't share the same hairstyle as the other two judges.) My dad and I are huge fans of your first book; any plans for a US release of the second?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 7:59:00 pm  
Anonymous Krista said...

Dude! How awesome is that! Sadly I will not be in the US on October 3rd, but I will make sure to record your debut!

Sunday, September 05, 2010 4:01:00 pm  
Anonymous Sassy Fork said...

So,so,so,so,so proud of you Simon!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Food Network's got even better!!!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010 1:15:00 am  

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