Grant Denyer To Host Iron Chef – I Am A Bit Shocked
Ok I have to admit I was a little disappointed when it was announced that Grant Denyer would be hosting Iron Chef Australia. I was truly hoping for someone flamboyant and theatrical like the original Chairman Kaga.
I am presuming Grant will play it pretty straight.
The disappointing part of it is that he is not particularly into food.
“This is an exciting new challenge for me,” Denyer said. “I’m not a foodie. I’m as green as a capsicum when it comes to food. Living on the road with Sunrise, my cuisine consists of two-minute noodles and chiko rolls. I’m going to enjoy being inspired by great food and talented chefs. It’s a huge honour to be involved.”
In fact when I heard rumours that Leo Schofield may take on the role I thought that was an interesting choice.
However it is not to be, but Leo will be on the judging panel so that should be fun, as I reckon he will have a wicked sense of humour.
Also he will be joined by will be joined by fellow food critics Larissa Dubecki, from The Age, and Simon Thomsen, from the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun.
I love the way they have ensured someone from Fairfax and a judge from News Limited.
However I am disappointed there will be no former politicians or movie starlets on the judging panel as well, which was something that made the Japanese version of the show so hilarious.
Richard Cornish, award winning food writer, and regular food contributor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald will join Grant in the commentary box which discusses what the chefs are cooking during the show.
The Iron Chef’s are Neil Perry, Guy Grossi and Guillaume Brahimi.
No news on a premiere date, but filming has begun.