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Food Network just jazzed out one of its greatest competitions after a three year hiatus. Remember Iron Chef? Well, its big brother, Iron Chef Gauntlet, is premiering tonight at 9 p.m., and it sounds more challenging than ever. We’ve certainly missed watching some of the most talented chefs in the world duke it out in the kitchen. And according to the show’s creator Alton Brown, its upgrade will make it almost impossible to crown a winner.

One of its upgrades places Brown as a “chairman” for the comp. We’re used to having him host the competition. But, this time around, Brown will judge one challenge per episode and introduce ingredients to the cast.

Oh, and speaking of challenges, Brown is also introducing a whole new format. Seven chefs will compete in the first half, including a Secret Ingredient Challenge and a Chairman’s Challenge. The winner from this half will go on to the “gauntlet” round where things really heat up!

In order to get the ultimate title, the competitor has to take down O.G.’s Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, and Bobby Flay in this round. That’s right. All three of them.

Which means that actually producing a new Iron Chef, however, may not happen. And Brown is OK with this.

But, the changes don’t just stop there. As for the angle of the new competition, Brown also told Fast Company that he wanted it to be less about kitchen drama and more about the food.

Sounds like it’s going to be one heck of a competition, but will anyone actually win?? We can’t wait to find out!