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Top Texas chef throws down the gauntlet on new Iron Chef show

Top Texas chef throws down the gauntlet on new Iron Chef show

Chef Jason Dady
Chef Jason Dady from San Antonio will appear on Iron Chef Gauntlet. Photo courtesy of Jason Dady

Iron Chef America is back — with a twist. The Food Network show, which last aired in 2013, returns for a new season with a slightly different setup. Iron Chef Gauntlet pits seven chefs against each other in an intense cooking competition.

The best part? A Texas chef is in the mix. Jason Dady — chef and owner of San Antonio favorites Tre Trattoria, Tre Enoteca, Two Bros BBQ Market, The DUK Truck, B&D Ice House, Shuck Shack, and The Bin Tapas Bar — will compete on the show. Over the years, Dady has received an array of awards and honors in the culinary industry, including being named San Antonio Chef of the Year in our CultureMap Tastemaker Awards in 2016. He's the only Texas chef on the show.

Iron Chef Gauntlet promises to be even more grueling than previous iterations. Here's a breakdown from Food Network:

"After five weeks of Chairman's Challenges, judged by Kitchen Stadium guru Alton Brown, and all-or-nothing Secret Ingredient Showdowns, the last chef standing will enter a three-ringed gauntlet. It's in that pressure-packed finale that the remaining challenger will put his or her culinary skills on the line and battle not one, not two, but three Iron Chefs — Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, and Michael Symon — with as many secret ingredients."

Root for Dady in the season premiere on April 16.