Starting Sunday, October 4, one of our local culinary treasures will launch her bid to become the next Iron Chef.

Holly Smith, former Tom Douglas protege who went on to greatness of her own at Kirkland’s stunning Cafe Juanita, goes up against nine top toques from across the country in the nation’s favorite food fight.

Contestants include Amanda Freitag (Executive Chef, The Harrison, New York, NY), Jose Garces (Executive Chef & Owner, Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Philadelphia, PA), Eric Greenspan (Executive Chef & Owner, The Foundry on Melrose, Los Angeles, CA), Jehangir Mehta (Executive Chef & Owner, Graffiti, New York, NY), and more.

Psst: This year contestants will travel to LA, Japan, and New York to show off their global gastronomy. Rumor has it cooking with jellyfish may be involved.

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