An Ode to Kristen Kish’s “Iron Chef” Suits

If you were one of the millions of people cuddled up with Netflix this weekend, you saw the rebooted Iron Chef rocket to the top of the charts. It landed in the streamer’s top ten only a few days after dropping, which makes sense — people all over the world have always loved the high energy Japanese cooking competition. This time, though, there’s an even bigger draw than the world-class food and culinary chaos, and that draw is Top Chef champion and queer icon Kristen Kish, who joins Alton Brown as co-host in Kitchen Stadium in their QUEST FOR THE IRON LEGEND! Kristen brings all her foodie skills to her commentary, and also oodles of charm, that smile, and endless gay suits.

I’m not going to spoil anything about the eight episode series, but I will say it’s an absolute delight watching Kish zoom around Kitchen Stadium, talking up the contestants and judges. In previous seasons, Brown has mostly stayed behind his little host desk, with all his monitors, but Kish is always chomping at the bit to leap over the table and get into the kitchen areas to taste the food and pal around with her buddies (including Top Chef alum Gregory Gourdet and Mei Lin, both also good friends of another queer heartthrob Top Chef, Melissa King, maybe you’ve heard of her).

Even better than discovering the day’s secret ingredient and watching all the dishes come together? Seeing what suit Kristen Kish is wearing to the party. And here is an ode to them, visually.

Kristen Kish in an all-black suit

The All-Black Everything

The White on White Pinstripe


The Vampire Slayer

Kristen Kish in a cardigan and white button up

The Schoolboy

Kristen Kish in a cardigan and white button up

The Schoolboy + Tattoos

Kristen Kish in a white suit with a black button up

The Bold Move

Kristen Kish in a brown plaid suit

The Daddy (Not Dad) Plaid

Kristen Kish in a tan suit with a black zipper shirt

(Not bad!)

Kristen Kish in a tan suit with a black zipper shirt

The Ultra Gay Zip Fit

Kreisten Kish in a blue suit with a white button up

The Destination Wedding Suit

What was YOUR favorite Kristen Kish moment from Iron Chef?

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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