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Iron Chef Australia – Chris Badenoch V Neil Perry


In programming gold Chris Badenoch, from Masterchef Australia Series One will appear as a competitor on Channel Seven’s Iron Chef.

I am sure the production company and SEVEN will be canny enough to put him up against Neil Perry, Iron Chef Australia/Asia after the snaffu that Neil got himself earlier this year about the Masterchef contestants. The uber-chef  said (see previous blog post here) that the Masterchef contestants would struggle to survive in a real kitchen, and that it was a “game show”.  Neil later said he had been misquoted.

It will be interesting to see if Chris will be able to produce four dishes in an hour as his food philosophy is very meaty, slow cooking. But he will have his partner in life and of his new restaurant, Julie Jenkins, to be his sous chef. I will just be watching the show for that dynamic.

The Herald Sun states:

Badenoch and Jenkins are now business, as well as romantic, partners. Josie Bones will be a beer bar with matching food.

“All the doubters out there have been proven wrong,” Badenoch says.

“We’re doing the restaurant together and it will be a combination of our ideas.”

Badenoch says he relished the chance to return to television.

“It (Iron Chef) was the opportunity to push myself,” Badenoch says.

“It’s one thing cooking against other amateurs (on MasterChef). Going up against guys of this calibre (Perry/Grossi/Brahimi) is a rare opportunity.”

Victoria’s Sacha Meier, Head Chef and manager of Lorne’s Ba Ba Lu Restaurant and Bar, will also be one of the challengers onIron Chef.

Other challengers are Sydney’s Dan Hong (Head Chef, Lotus Bar and Bistro), Adelaide’s Judyta Slupnick (Head Chef and owner of Phore Seasons), as well as Perth’s Matt Stone (Head Chef, Greenhouse Restaurant) and Herb Faust (Head Chef, Scotch College).

Iron Chef will screen on Channel 7 in mid-October.


1 Shelsta78 { 10.05.10 at 11:26 am }

Oh man they’re putting him back on Telly again? I hope he gets smacked down – and I don’t even like Neil Perry!

2 PinkPatentMaryJanes { 10.05.10 at 11:40 am }

First smart move they’ve made – THIS I want to watch…

3 Culinary Boner { 10.05.10 at 12:02 pm }

Yah…can’t wait for the marrow and horsemeat challenge!!!

4 Culinary Boner { 10.05.10 at 12:48 pm }

What will they call this match-up?
Challenger Mr Hat v Iron Chef Ponytail??

5 brain dead dave { 10.05.10 at 1:54 pm }

Should be a great night. One wears ponytails,the other eats them.

Seven might as well throw Kochie for a guest spot to give Chri$ some tips on keeping the business afloat.

6 ball&chain { 10.05.10 at 1:58 pm }

I wonder how ‘all the doubters have been proven wrong’ quotes Mr Badenoch.
He actually hasn’t done anything yet.
He’s a failed businessman yet to show success in the restaurant industry (known to be one of the hardest to succeed in), although this gig should get him some good publicity.

His book is apparently eerily similar to chef’s from OS. I think a drinking game is starting where you have to find the sentence he changed or ingredient from other chef’s recipes and then skull!

All we know about this fat guy so far is that he lies alot. This website has discussed it, we’ve seen him try to rewrite history. Trouble is many people have good memories and haven’t forgotten what this fat guy has done to them.
It’s sad that he’s still getting airplay

7 Culinary Boner { 10.05.10 at 2:41 pm }

Will Julie be allowed on set to wipe Chris’s brow??

8 lostmylunch { 10.05.10 at 2:53 pm }

Julia was one of the more interesting and talented contestants of MC 1&2. She was totally robbed – you’d be pissed winning a prize that turned out to be a massive set back. Now she is playing shadow to the hat man – who she could probably cook the pants off – (sorry for that mental image) Thought she was doing really well with hosting Delish and had my money on her being the one to watch to slowly emerge with a real career as a foodie. Strange strategy that she has chosen to hook up her cart to this pony-eater (though she also likes eating pony according to her blog) Hope she knows what she is doing and hope she doesn’t get robbed a second time around – he has a knack for that according to the comments on this website.

9 Reality Raver { 10.05.10 at 4:20 pm }

Brain Dead Dave -” Should be a great night. One wears ponytails,the other eats them”, that is hilarious.

Ball & Chain – It is a win/win for everyone involved – he gets publicity for his up and coming book, and restaurant, and Iron Chef attract the Masterchef viewers. God I hope he is against Perry that would be superb.

Culinary Boner – a horse meat challenge would be fantastic.

Shelsta78 – I wonder if he will be on the first episode

PinkPatentMaryJanes – Should be fantastic.

Lost my lunch – I agree she has come out of this second best, and I hope that it is not a metaphor for their relationship. I hope she is not the one stuck behind the pans in the kitchen while he takes all the glory in their restaurant.
I think if the food is good their restaurant should make money.

10 Culinary Boner { 10.05.10 at 5:08 pm }

Raver, I can picture the unveiling of the theme ingredient a la Iron Chef Japan style – the Chairman dramatically flips back a covering cloth made out of colourful racing silk to reveal a horse carcass, sans head (the bit left over from that scene from The Godfather). This’d get the punters barfing.

11 Culinary Boner { 10.05.10 at 5:13 pm }

Oh. And surely Herb Faust from Scotch College is a fictional character from Dickens, eh? What’s the theme gonna be that night? Spotted dick with hogwarts??

12 Pollywaffle { 10.05.10 at 7:38 pm }

Josie Bones ….. Sure to receive 3 ‘greasy hats’ in the 2010 good food guide

13 brain dead dave { 10.05.10 at 7:49 pm }

Soon to be Josie Bones Of It’s Arse….

14 Jaime { 10.06.10 at 5:13 pm }

Neil Perry is a massive tool.

15 Annon { 10.07.10 at 11:20 am }

It’s interesting that Badenock keeps on saying (in paid interviews) that he dosen’t like how he was portrayed in the media and that he thinks he was unfairly edited on Masterchef. But he then pops up on tv and gives interviews when he needs the publicity. On one hand he says he wants to be left alone and out of the lime light, and on the other hand he puts his hand up for repeat performances. It appears he has worked out how to have his cake and eat it as well

16 Annon { 10.07.10 at 11:20 am }

Neil Perry IS a massive tool

17 Reality Raver { 10.07.10 at 5:08 pm }

Well fingers crossed it is Neil and Chris going head to head.

18 Culinary Boner { 10.07.10 at 5:51 pm }

They’ll probably put Badenuff in a equal weight/height division, which means he’s up against Grossi.

19 Pollywaffle { 10.07.10 at 6:43 pm }

That’ll be Grose vs Grossi then

20 Culinary Boner { 10.08.10 at 3:51 pm }

“Judyta Slupnick (Head Chef and owner of Phore Seasons)”
Perhaps on this night they should run a spelling challenge on the side. I’d much prefer to eat a restaurant called “Phoar”, blimey.

21 AnonyMousse { 10.16.10 at 8:41 pm }

Finally saw the tv ad for the show, and it seems to have missed the point of the original with it’s “ordinary aussies battling iron chefs” theme. In the original, the challenging chefs were supposed to be good at whatever speciality they had, which made the Iron Chef’s mythos increase when they won a lot.