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'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend': Who is Claudette Zepeda? Chef is known for her Mexican cuisine

Each week, one of the five iron chefs – Marcus Samuelsson, Dominique Crenn, Ming Tsai, Curtis Stone, and Gabriela Cámara – will compete against a rising culinary talent on the show
Chef Claudette Zepeda (Instagram @claudetteazepeda)
Chef Claudette Zepeda (Instagram @claudetteazepeda)

'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' is Netflix's new reboot of the long-running American version of the show, which previously aired on Food Network from 2005 to 2018. In the new show, each week, one of the five iron chefs – Marcus Samuelsson, Dominique Crenn, Ming Tsai, Curtis Stone, and Gabriela Cámara – competes against a rising culinary talent. The challenger with the highest score at the end of the eight-episode series will compete against all five iron chefs for the golden knife and the title of "Iron Legend."

As per the synopsis of the series -- "The legendary Iron Chef series is reborn with a supersized approach to the ground-breaking culinary competition that started it all. It's been called the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience. This is where world-class cuisine meets high-octane sports. Five new trailblazing Iron Chefs will welcome brave Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium, where they'll face off and be pushed to the limits of endurance and creativity, as they cook up extraordinary culinary creations. The competition's most successful Challenger will return to battle in a grand finale for the chance to be named the first ever "Iron Legend."


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Who is Claudette Zepeda?

Claudette Zepeda is a San Diego-based chef noted for her strong approach to regional Mexican cuisine and daring culinary flair. Zepeda supervises the creative vision of VAGA, situated in San Diego's North County, as Consulting Chef, composing a love letter to her homeland with a cuisine that highlights local tastes and inspirations. Zepeda has received national praise as the chief chef and partner of El Jardin, a regional Mexican restaurant in the area. El Jardin earned a fantastic review from the New York Times, was named one of Esquire's 2018 Best New Restaurants, and was named to Michelin's 2019 Bib Gourmand list during her stay.


El Jardin is an expression of her culinary journey as a chef, inspired by regional cuisine in Mexico, where her passion for food was originally fostered. She cites the convergence of flavors and ingredients she was exposed to while spending time with relatives in Tijuana and Guadalajara, although she was born in the United States and brought up between Tijuana and San Diego. She also spent time with her aunt Lorenza, who operated her own restaurant, and credits this with preparing her for her future job.


In 2018, Zepeda was nominated Chef of the Year by both Eater San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and she was a James Beard Best Chef West semifinalist in 2019. Prior to joining El Jardn, Zepeda worked as chef de cuisine at Javier Plascencia's famous Bracero and appeared on 'Top Chef Season 15' and 'Top Chef Mexico Season 2.'


In 2019, Zepeda founded Viva La Vida, LLC, establishing micro businesses with single mothers throughout Mexico's seven regions to import heirloom ingredients that were not available in the United States, all while assisting Mexican women in moving their families forward without sacrificing their safety. The organization, which takes its name from a famous Frida Kahlo quote, celebrates the colorful life and death that Mexicans lead, with plans to grow into a multi-unit concept centered on assisting women to break out from generational poverty.

Who is Claudette Zepeda's Husband?

Zepeda is a single mother . However, her ex-name husband is not in the public eye. The couple had two children. She is now single.


What is Claudette Zepeda net worth?

Claudette was able to build a restaurant in San Diego after appearing on several reality series. As a result, we can conclude that becoming a chef has undoubtedly paid her well. She has gone a long way from looking for work to being able to provide work for others. As a result, this restaurant owner is expected to have a good net worth. However, the precise amount of her net worth is still being assessed.



Catch Claudette Zepeda on 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' premieres on June 15, 2022 only on Netflix.