Popular Calgary chef Nicole Gomes has made it a little closer to becoming the winner of Iron Chef Gauntlet, which airs on the U.S.-based Food Network, and it could be a first.
"I've been watching Iron Chef since I was a kid, when it was still in Japanese with English subtitles," Gomes told The Homestretch on Tuesday.
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"They asked me, and I was like, 'Oh my goodness, is this really happening?'"
Gomes runs a catering company and is co-owner of fried chicken destination Cluck N Cleaver.
She recently made the cut of top seven chefs on the show and the enormity of the experience is starting to settle in.
"Iron Chef out of all of them is … I felt a lot of pressure on this one. It's stressful. Top Chef Canada was stressful but this is a lot different. Everything moves a lot faster. You have no time to think," Gomes said.
"I wasn't really trying to focus on anybody else, but the pressure was there because it was so unknown. It moves so fast."
And she says being picked as a Canadian, could be a first.
"If I do become an Iron Chef, I could be the first Canadian Iron Chef, so that's the pressure. I'd like to do my country proud, I'd like to do Calgary proud and let's see what happens."
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With files from CBC's Ellis Choe and The Homestretch