This is from their website, "Based upon the Japanese cult sensation, Iron Chef America carries on the legend of Kitchen Stadium and the famed "secret ingredient." Each week, world-class chefs battle the legendary Iron Chefs of America: Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora Michael Symon. Alton Brown serves as Commentator and Mark Dacascos is Chairman."
They must make a 5 course meal and the Judges choose "who's cuisine reigns supreme." The Chairman is a martial arts expert, he's always doing back flips and make cheesy facial expressions.
Our favorite part of the show is the introduction of the secret ingredient.
The start of the battle is typically announced by the Chairman in the following manner:
So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you in the words of my uncle: Allez cuisine!