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Food Network favorite 'Iron Chef America' to return in 2017

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 (Courtesy Food Network)

Get your DVRs ready, “Iron Chef” fans. 

The Food Network plans to reboot its “Iron Chef America” series with a fresh update called “Iron Chef Gauntlet," according to a press release from the cable channel. 

The new version is expected to begin production in 2017 with a debut set for sometime in the second quarter. 

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The cooking competition show, which pits notable chefs against a series of challengers in a bid to earn or retain the title of “Iron Chef,” will once again be hosted by Food Network regular Alton Brown. Food Network did not release specifics on the new show but  says it will include new twists to the traditional cooking-competition format. "Iron Chef" is arguably one of the first cooking competition programs to make it mainstream. 

The original “Iron Chef" debuted in Japan in 1993. The U.S. version aired for 12 seasons, helping to boost the profiles of now household food names like Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, Marc Forgione, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli.

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“Gauntlet,” however, will be based on the “Iron Chef” format owned by Japan’s Fuji Television Network.

“Iron Chef America” premiered on Food Network in 2005 and was followed by “Next Iron Chef” in 2007. The series was a staple on the Food Network up until 2014 before it moved to the Cooking Channel for another year in 2015.