Originally coming from Japan, Iron Chef Thailand) is a cooking game show, broadcasted every Wednesday at 23.00. – 01.00. The host is the flamboyant Takeshi Kaga, known on the show as Chairman Kaga who is famous for the words from Arthur Rimbaud “If memory serves me right… and “Allez cuisine!” (“Go cook!”).
The supposed “story” behind Iron Chef is recounted at the beginning of every episode. It is said that Kaga had “realized his dream in a form never seen before” and specially constructed a cooking arena called
“Kitchen Stadium” in his castle. There, visiting chefs from “around the world” would compete against his Gourmet Academy, led by his three (later four) Iron Chefs. Chairman Kaga himself is a showpiece, dressed in outlandish examples of men’s formal attire.
The English name Iron Chef comes from the show itself: Kaga would use this translation of the Japanese title when summoning his chefs at the beginning of the battle. Kaga theatrically announced the start of each battle with Allez, cuisine
On January 25, 2012, the first episode of Iron Chef Thailand broadcast on BBTV channel 7. The chairman is Mr. Santi Sawatwimol. In this version of Iron Chef, there are four Iron Chefs: Chumpol Chaengprai (Thai cuisine); Boontham Pakpo (Japanese cuisine); Pongtawat “Ian” Chareomkittichai (Western cuisine); and Chaitep “Mr. Lee” Pattarapornpaisarn (Chinese cuisine). The program is hosted by Chakrit Yamnarn and the field reporter is DJ Pong (Nattapong Taengkasem).
The format is different, in that in the first half of the program, there are three challengers who compete with each other to find out who is the best chef. The winner will compete against the Iron Chef on the second half of the program. This format was used for only 3 episodes.
On February 22, 2012 the format of Iron Chef Thailand has been changed to: the first 30 minutes of the program is where the Challenger Chef will present his/her “Signature Dish with a Special Ingredient” to the guests. Then followed by the actual “Iron Chef Battle”, similar to Iron Chef Japan where the host will ask the Challenger Chef to select the Iron Chef he/she wants to challenge.
After the Challenger Chef has selected the Iron Chef the Chairman will reveal the “Secret Ingredient” and once the Chairman says “Allez Cuisine” the battle begins. The battle time is 60 minutes where they will need to complete at least 4 dishes. The order in which Chefs present to the Judges will be determined by a coin toss conducted by the Host. The last 30 minutes of the program is “Cooking with Iron Chef”. Guests learn how to cook from the Iron Chef and win the “Best Student” at the end of the program.
In each episode, chefs have one hour to cook and improvise a multi-course meal around a theme ingredient that must be present in each dish. Before the actual taping, the chefs are given a short list of possible themes, allowing the producers of the show to get any ingredients that may be needed. Judges’ primary goal was said to be determining which chef was able to “best express the unique qualities of the theme ingredient.
Iron Chef Thailand – Phuket Contestants
Chef Ronald Macuja
Find your passion and make a difference!
That is the best way to describe this New Zealand Celebrity Chef.
He is an award winning, passionate celebrity Executive Chef with efficient accomplishments and recognized gastronomic expertise in different Western and Asian cuisines. His extensive accomplishments, exposures and advancements combined with the award winning leadership for a future success. In addition, he offers a level of versatility that can lead to excellence with impacts to a company’s bottom line.
He enjoys challenges and works efficiently achieving common goals.
If you’re seeking the most qualified productive Gastronomic Professional who naturally develop and maturely grow, then Chef Ronnie is the right guy.
Globally competent with over 31 years of international culinary experience with Hotels likes Hyatt and Hilton to name just a few.
Ronnie was competing in the Iron Chef Thailand Western Section and lost by just one point in the grand finale.
Actually, Iron Chef did not change me much; my personality will always remain the same. The only influence is that it seems I am gaining more admirers if you call it that way or friends!
I got my one hour of Iron Chef’s fame and meet celebrities that one can only dream off.
I wouldn’t do anything differently on that particular show, I only wish that the judges could understand my concept completely.
The toughest part is to let them deliver the complete message of my concept to the judges and to the 27million audience who witness the show. But for any of them they thought I should have won. And for me, in the paper I lost but I capture many hearts. To make it short I lost the battle but I won the war!
How did I get selected? They probably heard something about me or they did their research. I think my qualification and my personality backs me up with help of many people.
Chef Alessandro Frau
Over his 10 years living in Phuket he has seen it all.
This is one of the reason why he lives here, Phuket has something special, lifestyle, people and natural environment, it’s very relaxing, but on the other side sometimes he likes to change for few days to the city, with the opening of the sister restaurant in Singapore “Alba 1836” he has the chance to switch to the city once a month, they are also looking to expand Acqua in Bangkok so this will be a nice triangle for Chef Alessandro.
Born in 1977 in Sardinia, he has grown up with the Colors and Flavors of the Mediterranean and traveled around the World learning the secrets of the World’s Cuisine. He has started his career in the City of “All Nations” London, worked in 5* luxury Hotels such as Le Meridien, continued in Italy, France, Mexico,Sweden,Finland as Chef de Cuisine, to finally settle in Thailand, firstly working at the Sheraton Grande Laguna as an Executive Chef and in 2009 has opened his own Italian Restaurant” Acqua” a true delight for the gourmat.
It did much change me. What you do at Iron Chef in some cases it is not the same things you do in the restaurant. On TV you have to be more a show man and you have to play the way they ask you to play. The only difference is that people stop me and ask me what I am doing, or ask me a photo and sometimes for an autograph.
I would do it all the same again, as we were the winner and I was 100% satisfy with all the performance.
The timing is very challenging. You have to create, cook and present the dish in one hour, 4 courses for 7 people, in my kitchen I have enough time but at the TV kitchen where you do not have all your tools it’s quiet different.
How did I get selected ? I’m not sure but as far as I know, they search for Chefs in all of Thailand which offer something special to attract them to choose you.
I was invited again this year for a rematch with Chef Ian Kittichai, but since I was busy, it’s postponed to a later date this year.
Chef YI- Fan Dusit D2
Executive Chef. Yi-Fan is originally from Taiwan, but was raised in America by his mother who inspired him with her beautiful cooking skills. Yi-Fan has been passionate about culinary arts since he was a teenager and frequently assisted his mother in the kitchen oftentimes creating his own concoctions along the way.
Later, Yi-Fan was one of the successful students who graduated from the prestigious culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu in California where he fulfilled his dream of studying culinary arts. With great support from family, cooking instructors and friends, Yi-Fan advanced his gastronomic cooking abilities quickly. He joined Germany’s Michelin Chef Marcus Lübke in Heringsdorf and gained real life experience in the restaurant business.
The abilities of a chef are a never ending learning process and can always be improved. With that in mind, Yi-Fan travelled to Phuket, Thailand to explore new methods of combining traditional Siam recipes with Western favourites. His career in Phuket began at the Climax Restaurant by Absolute Bangla Suites and the Brush Restaurant & Lounge. After that he was promoted to Executive Sous Chef at Angsana Laguna Phuket where he assisted the Executive Chef in maintaining superior standards for 7 food and beverage outlets.
Being on Iron Chef was one of my dreams. It really changed me for being a Chef. What I am trying to say is there are many Chefs all over the world and of course different attitude too. As for me it make me want to share my skill to everyone.
What would I do in different way? On the rematch, I will totally block the camera out and I just focus on my team and my cooking and the most important aspect is to have fun. Cooking should be about having fun and relax, when I am relax I always create good food.
The toughest part was Timing. We only have one hour and I always think in the back of my head if we have enough time or not and concentrating to make sure I don’t miss or forget anything.
I was selected when I was working in Angsana Laguna. The Iron Chef asked my Chefs to join and none of them wanted to. So I asked to join and I am glad I did and stepped up, brave and show the world what I can do.