Being proclaimed an Iron Chef is one of the highest honors in the culinary world. “Iron Chef America” is a television show on the Food Network. World-class chefs battle one of the current Iron Chefs to win that week’s competition. To be included in the prestigious Iron Chef roster, you have to be one of the most highly regarded chefs in the country and receive enough votes to be awarded the Iron Chef title through a series of rigorous cooking competitions, which air on another Food Network show, “The Next Iron Chef.”
Become a top chef. If you don’t know your way around a kitchen, attend a cooking school. Study cookbooks written by Iron Chefs, watch online cooking videos and experiment with creating your own recipes. Develop your own unique cooking style. Iron Chefs are selected not only for their technical expertise but also for their creativity, innovation and ability to think outside the traditional culinary box.
Become known for your culinary skill. Get a job at a four-star restaurant and work your way up from line cook until you become chef. Start a catering service with innovative recipes that will let the public know about your culinary talent. Become a personal chef to celebrities or people in the media who will help spread the word about your cooking. Sell your food at fairs and street festivals to gain recognition. Contact food writers at your local newspaper and ask them to review the restaurant you’re cooking at or sample some of your catering food.
Write a cookbook. If you are unable to find a publisher, consider self-publishing it and selling it as an e-book through various online marketing sites.
Apply to be on television cooking competition shows, such as “Chopped,” “Top Chef” and “The Next Food Network Star,” which are seen on cable networks such as Food Network and Bravo. You can apply directly on their websites.
References and ResourcesFood Network: Iron Chef America
Food Network: The Next Iron Chef