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Quiz: The Untold Truth Of Iron Chef
By JAKE VIGLIOTTI
and ANDREW SHELDON

“Iron Chef” is back, with the premiere of Netflix’s “Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend” in June 2022. The show has been a huge hit in both Japan and the United States, but there might be some things you don’t know about the cooking contest. Answer these questions about the untold truth of “Iron Chef,” and see how you stack up against other players.

Sometimes, the chefs on “Iron Chef America” will be told something as blunt as “It's either buffalo or bass,” and other times, the chefs will even decide themselves. In addition, chefs make various shopping lists for each potential secret ingredient, so knowing the secret ingredient is as easy as seeing which ingredients the producers bought them.

Rather than a quiet, subdued atmosphere, "Iron Chef USA" was filmed in Las Vegas, and judging by the sounds from the audience, there was a five-drink minimum. It felt like an outright joke to many, with Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, playing the chairman — but thankfully, the next U.S. iteration was better.

The longtime feud between Flay and Morimoto began during Flay’s first appearance on “Iron Chef,” when he jumped up on a cutting board to encourage the crowd. This led to Morimoto saying he was "not a chef,” and although Flay lost that match, he would win the rematch against Morimoto.

“Show Me Your Firetruck” from the “Backdraft” soundtrack was the de facto theme song of the original “Iron Chef,” and it has become known as the “Iron Chef March.” In addition, “Burn It All” was played when challengers entered Kitchen Stadium, and “Fahrenheit 451” would play towards the end of the competition, during presentation, and when a winner was announced.

On Netflix’s new iteration, challengers will face off against Iron Chefs in individual challenges, as per usual, but at the end of the season, the highest-scoring challenger competes against all five Iron Chefs. If they beat the all-star team, they are awarded a new golden trophy.