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Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
Bobby Flay says Food Network wasn't thrilled that he dramatically quit Iron Chef, but "I thought it would be good TV"
Flay says Food Network had to black out his shirt reading “THIS IS MY LAST IRON CHEF BATTLE EVER," and executives weren't happy that they weren't given a head's up. “I’ve done over 100 Iron Chef competitions, and frankly they are exhausting,” Flay said of his decision to quit. “They are exhausting physically but, even moreso, they are exhausting emotionally.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Food Network edits out accused sexual harasser John Besh from a second show
Celebrity chef Besh, whom Top Chef announced would be removed from an episode later this season, was also taken out of this week’s Iron Chef Showdown episode.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 3:36AM EDT
Was Bobby Flay serious when he quit Iron Chef mid-show?
Vanity Fair’s Allen Salkin reports of an Iron Chef Showdown taping over the summer where a frustrated Flay tore off his apron mid-battle to reveal a T-shirt that read: “THIS IS MY LAST IRON CHEF BATTLE EVER.” When producers told him they wouldn’t be able to edit out the incident, Flay reportedly responded: “That’s the point.” Salkin explains that Flay’s move “reveals a larger set of tensions,” and that he has lacked interest in remaining on Iron Chef. In a statement to E!, however, Flay explained: “I wore a t-shirt to have a little fun during my last battle this season. In hindsight, it was probably not the best decision because it's just creating confusion. Food Network has been part of my family for over 20 years and will absolutely continue to be, and though there is a talented bench of Iron Chefs to tap, if I were asked, I'd be excited to return to Kitchen Stadium, whenever my schedule allows.”
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 4:44AM EDT
Alton Brown will host an Iron Chef retrospective series
Iron Chef: Behind the Battle will air after each new episode of Iron Chef Showdown, starting Nov. 8.