An “Iron Chef” reboot premieres on Netflix on Wednesday, June 15, featuring one of Boston’s best-known chefs: Ming Tsai.
“Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend” features Tsai competing alongside diverse and well-established chefs, including Gabriela Cámara, Dominique Crenn, Marcus Samuelsson, and Curtis Stone. They’ll face off against upstart “Challenger Chefs” in a Kitchen Stadium, hoping to be named an “Iron Legend.” In another Boston twist, former Menton chef Kristen Kish will appear as a host.
The original competitions aired on the Food Network from 2005 until 2018.
“This season is a global representation of the series, and viewers get to see international cuisines from world-class chefs from different countries and backgrounds,” Tsai said in an e-mail. “I’m proud to represent the [Asian American and Pacific Islander] community and Boston.”
Tsai is no stranger to TV: His “Simply Ming” is PBS’s longest-running cooking show, and his “East Meets West” aired on the Food Network from 1998 until 2003, winning a Daytime Emmy along the way.
Lately, Tsai has spent just as much time in supermarkets as on TV. In 2020, he launched MingsBings, plant-based, flatbread-style pockets sold at Target and Whole Foods, with proceeds benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Tsai was named a Best Chef: Northeast at the 2002 James Beard Awards.
His mainstay Wellesley restaurant, Blue Ginger, closed in 2017. His Seaport spot, Blue Dragon, closed in 2020.