The Seven Network has today announced Grant Denyer as host of its upcoming arena-style cooking competition, Iron Chef Australia.
Seven has also confirmed the judging panel for its new programme, with respected restaurant critic Leo Schofield being confirmed as one of the judges, as previously rumoured. His food critiques have featured in publications including Gourmet Traveller, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue.
Schofield will be joined on the judging panel by fellow food critics Larissa Dubecki from The Age, and Simon Thomsen from The Daily Telegraph and the Herald-Sun.
As previously reported in TSR, the trio will taste creations from 'Iron Chefs' Guillaume Brahimi, Guy Grossi, and Neil Perry, who go head-to-head with aspiring professional cooks in the kitchen stadium.
Denyer will be accompanied in the commentary box by award winning food writer and regular food contributor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Richard Cornish.
The Sunrise weatherman said that while he wasn't a food connoisseur, the process would serve as a source of inspiration.
"This is an exciting new challenge for me.
"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."
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