Iron Chef: Brazil season 1 review – it’s back with a Brazilian taste and perspective

By Romey Norton
Published: August 10, 2022 (Last updated: December 16, 2022)
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Brazilian culinary enthusiasts take on the biggest challenge of their lives with hopes of winning the title of Iron Legend.  

Netflix reality series Iron Chef: Brazil season 1 was released on the streaming service on August 10, 2022.

Netflix has released the reality TV game show Iron Chef: Brazil, where we watch rising culinary talents taking on the biggest challenges of their lives, cooking against Brazil’s best chefs to be named Iron Legend. This exciting competition is hosted by Fernanda Souza and Andressa Cabral, and the food is judged by Rosa Moraes and Laurent Suaudeau and one special guest changing each episode. 

Here we have another television show about cooking — will we ever get bored of these? I don’t think so. Iron Chef was originally shown on Japanese television, and later aired across the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Thailand. The show is known for the challenges of creating original dishes in a short period of time, making it one of the most intense and highly critiqued series out there. Their ability and technique is put to the test as, in the same way as in the original show, chefs are required to cook dishes that contain the “secret ingredient”. From coffee to goat, each episode has something new and interesting to show. Definitely inspired me to try some of these dishes; not make them, but try them. As the series continues, eventually the greatest champion will be regarded as the “Iron Legend”. It’s definitely the title and the honor you want to win here.

Alongside watching them cook, we get short interviews with the chefs and contestants, allowing us to pick our favourites and make alliances. There is something special about the pride the contestants have about being from Brazil and how they want to showcase and save traditional dishes. You can tell that some of the chefs were as nervous as the contestants when the challenges were announced — their reputation is also on the line. A little piece of me wanted the professionals to fail, just to make me feel better about myself and my cooking skills. The judges also talk us through the ingredients, explaining nutritional value and ideas as to what they can do with them. 

A clean, eye-catching arena, a great mix between serious and cheesy. The hosts do a great job of taking us through each episode, both have a warm yet cheeky flare, and are easy to watch. The judges give clear critiques, all sitting around a round table, it feels very serious and regal. 

Intensity builds throughout the eight episodes, and it doesn’t lose that fire. With a series like this I don’t mind who wins as I feel everyone is incredibly talented, and they have to rely on their creativity and culpability. Each episode is under an hour, and a lot is packed into this hour, so you won’t be left wondering or bored. 

Overall this series is a good watch. Whilst it’s similar to a lot of reality cooking shows, this one has a fire and intensity that will make your mouth water and emotions run high. I recommend watching if you’re a fan of cooking programs and reality shows, such as any of the previous Iron Chef series, Hell’s Kitchen and Chopped.

What did you think of the Netflix reality series Iron Chef: Brazil season 1? Comment below.

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix.

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