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Oct 17, 2007 02:53 PM

The Next Iron Chef: Did NY Times Spoil the Season?

I noticed today that the NY Times reported that Gavin Baysen is moving from San Diego to chef at Cafe Boulud (details might not be exact, read it this am). But could this possibly so that he is available to shoot his Iron Chef appearences with out having to fly across the country?

Just a thought.

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  1. I doubt it! I hear they shoot like 3 Iron Chef episodes per day of filming, so it probably isn't more than a 3-4 day commitment per year for any of the Iron Chefs. Plus I'm sure they know in advance if they'll be cooking, it would be a total waste to fly cross country to not get picked to cook.

    1. Last week in the Toronto Star, there is a report on a local chef competing on Iron Chef America. That episode is scheduled to air in the New Year. And our local chef is competing against the winner of the Next Iron Chef - which was named in the article. So I can tell you that it is not Gavin Baysen.

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      1. re: cecilia

        his last name is kaysen, not baysen.

        he also cancelled an appearance/event at the upcoming san diego bay food & wine festival in november. chances are he was simply offered an excellent opportunity to learn from a master, and wisely chose to accept it. a 28-year-old chef would have to be insane not to jump at the chance to work with daniel boulud. plus, there's really no better place for a chef to make a name for yourself than nyc. ok, maybe chicago...but still, it sure beats san diego in terms of exposure and potential.

        [to any san diegans reading this: please don't attack me for 'hating' on the local dining scene. i used to live there, and i love the city...but it's not a culinary mecca.]

        btw, cecilia:

        i'm much too curious for my own good, so even though i didn't want to spoil the rest of the season for myself, i had to look up that toronto star article. for the record, it was waaaay too easy to find for something that really might reveal the secret ending and basically ruin an entire show. and the article clearly states that the battle was against a certain "PROSPECTIVE iron chef."

        so i hope they really weren't stupid enough to give away the ending...but at least if they were, i happen to like the choice :)

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I didn't mean to spell the chef's name wrong. I just followed the OP's spelling. But thanks for the correction.

          As for the article, I just read it again. When I read it the first time, I had inferred that since this prospective iron chef is still there. Then the prospective is very highly likely / expected to happen. I wouldn't be surprised if the Toronto Star gave away the ending. Our Canadian Food Network is slightly different from the US one. I am not sure that ours has even started showing The Next Iron Chef yet. I just checked the website and episode 1 is scheduled for next week.

          1. re: cecilia

            well, if he is the winner, i'm happy about the result...and the spoiler is my own fault for being so incorrigibly curious!

            1. re: cecilia


              Who's the Toronto chef? I've seen Rob (Feenie) and "did you just call me babe?" Lynn Crawford compete - so I'd love to know who is next.


              1. re: maisonbistro

                I think it is Guy Rubino, from Rain in Toronto.

                1. re: askher

                  Thanks. Wow - I never thought he would be capable of doing an iron chef - and I certainly don't mean talent wise - I just thought he was one of those chefs who put as much time into the planning and thinking through of all those amazing dishes he prepares, that he wouldn't be suited to the Iron Chef format.
                  I can't wait to see that episode!

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Ruhlman's blog quote:

              Josh, re toronto star article: i'm not exactly sure what the food network execs are up to, and i am not allowed to offer any additional information directly. but the article was not an exposé, and so the chefs obviously knew there was an article being written and are forbidden by contract to divulge compromising information let alone offer it to the media. while i'm also not allowed to OFFER information i AM allowed to remove information from my blog if i want to. I read that post shortly after it came in and saw no reason to delete it.

              1. re: AMFM

                thank you so much for posting this! i really thought i read thru all the comments but never saw this one. and now i understand what "dagoose" meant about being leery after reading it...almost strikes me as a cryptic confirmation that the chef in the article is NOT the winner.

                whatever. i need to just stop obsessing and enjoy watching the rest of the season. :)

                again, appreciate the info.

            3. re: cecilia

              Yeah I read that article, I also read Ruhlman's response to it, so I'm a bit leary.

              1. re: dagoose

                where is ruhlman's response? i'd like to read it. i checked his blog, but didn't find anything where HE personally addresses the issue directly...just some reader comments posted about the potential spoiler.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  it is in here somewhere. Someone comments on it, and he responds to all the comments.

                  1. re: dagoose

                    i scrolled through every one of those comments, and i just can't find his response that actually pertains to the article/spoiler.

                    oh well. thanks for the help anyway!