All-star cast of TV chefs slated to compete for next Iron Chef title

They're hoping to become the next "culinary titan," the next world-class cook to join the pantheon of chefs who battle it out in kitchen stadium for culinary supremacy. And for the most part, the next Iron Chef is likely to be a familiar face.

The Food Network announced the contestants for Season Four of The Next Iron Chef this week, and in a move that breaks with seasons past, they've dipped into their own pool of TV talent. Previous series featured contestants who were mostly TV unknowns.

The elite cast includes a roster of 10 chefs who either have their own show or have made TV appearances on The Food Network of The Cooking Channel.

They include:

Anne Burrell - Host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Worst Cooks in America; was also a sous-chef for Mario Batali on Iron Chef America

Michael Chiarello - Owner of Bottega Restaurant (Napa Valley), host of Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, runner-up of Top Chef Masters, first season

Elizabeth Faulkner - Owner of Citizen Cake, Orson (San Francisco), Challenger on Iron Chef America

Alex Guarnaschelli - Owner of Butter, The Darby (New York), host of Alex's Day Off, appears on Chopped. She's also played both a guest judge and challenger on Iron Chef America

Chuck Hughes - Owner of Garde Manger (Montreal), host of Chuck's Day Off, Challenger on Iron Chef America. Hughes is only the second Canadian to win an Iron Chef America duel. He beat Iron Chef Bobby Flay in battle lobster last month. Vancouver's Rob Feenie defeat Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in 2005.

Robert Irvine - Owner of Robert Irvine's eat! (South Carolina), Host of Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America

Beau MacMillan - Owner of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Phoenix), Challenger on Iron Chef America

Spike Mendelsohn - Owner of Good Stuff Eatery (Washington D.C.), Host of Kelsey & Spike Cook

Marcus Samuelsson -Owner of Red Rooster Harlem (New York), competitor on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Judge on Chopped , winner of Top Chef Masters, Season Two

Geoffrey Zakarian - Owner of The National, The Lambs Club (New York), competitor on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, judge on Chopped

The winner will get to don the Iron Chef's coat and join an elite rank of culinary masters that includes Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces and Masaharu Morimoto.

Judges include the original "Next Iron Chef" Michael Symon, food journalist Simon Majumdar and UK Iron Chef Judy Joo.

The series will premiere in the US and Canada October 30 at 9 pm ET/PT, with Alton Brown returning to host the 8-episode series.

The Food Network has programming in 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa.

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