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31 :05x01 - Resourcefulness

Nov/04/2012
In this episode, the remaining 8 chefs grapple with the Chairman’s charge of RESOURCEFULNESS. For the Secret Ingredient Challenge, the secret ingredient is all kinds of pickles. The chefs have 30 minutes to be resourceful in turning pickles into a snack for a field trip. The reason the chefs made portable pickle snacks is that they are going on a fishing field trip. Back in the kitchen with their catch, the Chairman’s Challenge is to cook two fish dishes in 60 minutes using the fish they so resourcefully caught. They can also use the bait from the boat – fresh sardines.

Source: Food Network

32 :05x02 - Innovation

Nov/11/2012
Host Alton Brown explains that Innovation is one of the most important traits of an Iron Chef and both challenges in this episode must embody that trait. First, the chefs disperse to four of the best Asian eateries in Los Angeles where they quickly taste and then attempt to recreate the house specialty from each restaurant. The chefs are armed only with their discerning palates to figure out how the dish is made. Next, the chefs are tasked with innovating and creating a new dish that is a hybrid of Asian flavors and American culinary sensibilities. The next chef is eliminated.

Source: Food Network

33 :05x03 - Simplicity

Nov/18/2012
Photographs that capture the personalities of each of the remaining chefs are used as the inspiration in a challenge, which is to create a simple bite that perfectly represents a challenger.

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34 :05x04 - Transformation

Nov/25/2012
In this episode, the remaining 7 chefs undertake the Chairman’s charge of TRANSFORMATION. In the Secret Ingredient challenge, the secret ingredients are American condiments and sauces like ketchup, ranch dressing and mayonnaise. The chefs have 30 minutes to transform these condiments into a dish of their choosing. The Chairman ups the ante by sending the chefs to the San Diego County Fair where they must gather ingredients from the concession stands in a mad dash and transform fair food (1 fried item, 1 grilled item, 1 item on a stick) into Iron Chef level dishes in 60 minutes. Their cook station: the world’s largest grill “The Outlaw Grill” weighing 27 tons and covering nearly 100 feet of turf this massive piece of equipment can cook 1,000 sausages at once. At one point during this difficult battle, the grill becomes a FIERY INFERNO that torches all the food on it.

Source: Food Network

35 :05x05 - Risk

Dec/02/2012
Cooking time is the currency used as the six remaining chefs bid on ingredients that are so large that they arrive in freight trucks.

Source: Food Network

36 :05x06 - Fusion

Dec/09/2012
The chefs arrive in Las Vegas for the challenge of fusion. As in many a past classic NIC challenges, the chefs are asked to bring together and fuse unusual ingredients into something new and Iron Chef worthy. In this challenge, odd ingredients are randomly paired and the chefs must prove that opposites do attract ... even in the kitchen.

Source: Food Network

37 :05x07 - Transcendence

Dec/16/2012
The four remaining chefs have dazzled the judges with their culinary magic and now, they meet with legendary Las Vegas magician David Copperfield. Through a little sleight of hand, Copperfield "magically" produces an ingredient that must be used by the chefs as they tackle one of the Chairman's classic challenges from the past — the re-invention of the Las Vegas buffet. The chefs cook in teams and must create a buffet that is Iron Chef worthy and transcendent in both flavor and presentation.

Source: Food Network

38 :05x08 - Passion / Respect

Dec/23/2012
The end of Season 5 begins with the three remaining chefs cooking with ingredients that the judges are passionate about. The two who survive elimination move on to Kitchen Stadium, where they must prepare food that pays respect to the culinary heritages of Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto, each of whom help decide the ultimate winner of the competition.

Source: Food Network
Classification: Reality
Genre: Cooking/Food
Status: Returning Series
Network: food network ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: October 07, 2007
Episode Order: 8
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