Kristen Kish, the host of Iron Chef, discusses the key difference between the two cooking shows

Kristen Kish, the host of Iron Chef, discusses the key difference between the two cooking shows ...

There are a lot of possibilities for folks who love to watch cooking competitions, such as Netflix''s Nailed It, and the highly trained James Beard Award-caliber chefs on Top Chef. The Iron Chef America reboot has added Top Chef champion Kristen Kish as her co-host, and she recently discussed the difference between the two intense shows.

Kristen Kish, best known for her heroics in Last Chance Kitchen to win the top spot in the top chef, appeared on Iron Chef Showdown in Battle Beantown in 2017 but was defeated by Iron Chef Jose Garces in the parmesan cheese battle. Kish explained to Mashed how the two competitions differed from one another:

My competition experience was quite different. Other cooking shows throw these challenges at you... quick-fires and things like that. Iron Chef, in addition to having competed on both, is that production requires practice and it requires preparation in your own kitchen with your team, because once you get into Kitchen Stadium, your kitchen is completely different.

Chefs must think on their feet in quick-fix Challenges, but even the Elimination Challenges seem to give them more than a day to think it over. Iron Chef is basically the opposite. Chefs only have one meal to plan, and they can practice with their sous chefs ahead of time in order to create the most perfect dish for the judges.

De facto, Kristen Kish believes preparation is crucial to the success of Kitchen Stadium as well as choosing the right two chefs:

It''s important to have success, and you''ve got to get to know them with the two sous chefs you choose to bring or whomever you''re choosing to bring to assist, because as much preparation as possible is absolutely critical.

So far, the sous chefs appear to be solitary as the chefs themselves, so I imagine that picking two people who can work quickly and efficiently is pretty important. When the clock ticks, it gets very intense!

Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend is now available for streaming on Netflix as part of its first season of the series, as well as our TV Schedule for the year 2022.