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'Next Iron Chef': The Foundry's Eric Greenspan is in the hunt

July 31, 2009 | 11:52 am


Is Eric Greenspan your new "culinary warrior?"

Kitchen Stadium is back. The new season of Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" starts Oct. 4. It's hosted by Alton Brown, and the competitors were announced this week: The Foundry's chef-owner Eric Greenspan is among them, as is Nate Appleman, formerly of San Francisco's A16. (That guy is having quite the year -- he nabbed the James Beard award for rising star, as well as similar honors from Food & Wine magazine.) Another note of L.A. interest -- the sleek, well-stocked kitchen viewers will see is located on a set outside downtown L.A.

These chefs wanted for nothing: Each station was decked out with, among other things, a sous vide water bath. Also going head to head with Greenspan and Appleman is a face that will be familiar to fans of "Chopped." It's Chef Amanda Freitag. Guess this is one judge who doesn't mind having the tables turned.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Eric Greenspan at the Foundry