Cooking shows are all the rage these days, especially on Netflix. So it’s no surprise that the rebooted version of Iron Chef, which itself was an incredibly popular show in its day, ended up in Netflix’s top ten.
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend was released on Netflix last week and currently ranks 7th in Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows. That means he joins the likes of Peaky Blinders, Melissa McCarthy God’s Favorite Idiotand the Stranger Things that continually dominate.
What is Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend?
The original Iron Chef was a Japanese show, which aired from 1993 to 2002, and spawned a series of spin-offs around the world. The long-running American spinoff ran from 2005 to 2018 on the Food Network.
It’s unclear why the show stopped airing and if it was ever canceled in the traditional sense, but it’s now back on Netflix.
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend brings back both co-host Alton Brown and chairman Mark Dacascos, with Kristen Kish joining Brown in hosting duties. The show also features five resident Iron Chefs and, as before, the competition revolves around a kitchen featuring a secret ingredient.
If this all sounds familiar, that’s because it’s all very similar to the original premise. The main difference is that the challenger with the highest score returns in the season finale. Here they battle against the five Iron Chefs in hopes of becoming the new “Iron Legend” and coming away with a golden knife.
We won’t offer any spoilers on what happens, only that you can watch the entire eight-episode first season right now, in true Netflix style.
What do reviewers think of Iron Chef: Quest for a New Iron Legend?
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend currently has a 60% grades on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in a new tab)based on five reviews, audience scores are not yet available, but the show has a score of 7.2/10 on IMDB (opens in a new tab).
Joel Keller (opens in a new tab) at Decider says, “If you’re a fan, you’ll find this new season to be comfort food on TV” while Common Sense Media’s Melissa Camacho (opens in a new tab) gave the series 3.5 and described it as “a fun energetic reboot [that] features all the fast-paced competitive cooking action the series is known for.
That said, Wenley Ma (opens in a new tab)of News.com.au called the show “worldly” and “not worthy of the Iron Chef name”. Andy Dehnart (opens in a new tab) of Reality Blurred was equally critical, giving the show a C- grade and calling it “an average showcase for talented chefs that has been overshadowed by getter competitions”.
So, from the sounds of things, fans of the original show will either be enthralled by the return of the Iron Chef format, or appalled at what the classic cooking show has become.
Should we watch Iron Chef: Quest for a New Iron Legend?
If you’re a fan of cooking shows and the original Iron Chef series, you’ll probably want to add this to your watch list. However, with only eight episodes to binge, and each of them running between 46 and 50 minutes, the entire season is just over six hours long.
In other words, it won’t take you long to go through everything and you might want to pace yourself.
But the short runtime also means that Iron Chef doesn’t require a particularly high commitment. It’s not a show like Stranger Things season 4, which promises to immerse you waist-deep in a two-and-a-half-hour finale, after all.
Plus, aside from the finale, each episode is self-contained, so you don’t have to try to watch everything in one sitting. So, at the very least, it’ll be something you can stick on the TV, if you need something quick and no-commitment to watch for 45 minutes.
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