Grant Denyer has been announced as host of Seven’s version of Iron Chef Australia, currently filming in Melbourne.
The adaptation of the long-running Japanese cooking show sees aspiring professional cooks in a “kitchen stadium” using wild ingredients such as such as live squid and live large octopi. They will face off against Neil Perry, Guy Grossi and Guillaume Brahimi.
Judging will be Sydney food critic and Ovation channel personality Leo Schofield, plus Fairfax food critic Larissa Dubecki and News Limited’s Simon Thomsen.
Commentating with Denyer is Fairfax writer Richard Cornish.
Iron Chef America‘s “Chairman” Mark Dacascos also repeats his role.
“This is an exciting new challenge for me,” Denyer said. “I’m not a foodie. I’m as green as a capsicum when it comes to food. Living on the road with Sunrise, my cuisine consists of two-minute noodles and chiko rolls. I’m going to enjoy being inspired by great food and talented chefs. It’s a huge honour to be involved.”