Iron Chef (1993–1999)
"Ryôri no tetsujin" (original title)

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Chefs from all over the world come to Kitchen Stadium to do culinary battle with one of Chairman Kaga's "Iron Chefs." Both the challenger and the Iron Chef have one hour to prepare a meal ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Chen Kenichi
(91 episodes, 1993-2002)
Hiroyuki Sakai
(86 episodes, 1994-2001)
Rokusaburo Michiba
(41 episodes, 1993-2000)


Chefs from all over the world come to Kitchen Stadium to do culinary battle with one of Chairman Kaga's "Iron Chefs." Both the challenger and the Iron Chef have one hour to prepare a meal in which each course must prominently include the featured ingredient for that day's show. After the meals are prepared, a panel of judges samples both meals and determines who has made the better meal. Throughout the cook-off, running commentary is made by two "sports-casters" in a booth and one floor reporter. Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Good show, but a bit melodramatic
24 January 2000 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

This show is a bit on the melodramatic side, but still is one of the best cooking shows I've ever seen. It is dubbed, and aired on the Food Network Channel on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm. It also airs on the Japanese Channel, but I don't know what time.

There are four chefs (sometimes there are three, the other one just doesn't have a platform) called "Iron Chefs." There is the Iron Chef of Japan, Iron Chef of Italy, Iron Chef of China, and I forgot what country was the other Iron Chef who wasn't usually there. Anyway, a challenger chooses who he (I've never seen a female yet) wants to "battle" with, and then Chairman Kaga, the boss, selects an ingredient, ranging from sea animals to herbs, as the theme of what the chefs have to cook up in one hour. Usually, four to six dishes are made. After the hour is up, four judges (two being guest judges, who, usually, are celebrities) give their scores to determine the winner. The best part is hearing the judges' comments (there was once an actress who commented on the Iron Chef of Japan and just said, "I hate it!" I was LOL!)

The one thing that is not so hot is the dubbed English on the Food Network. It's just the floor reporters' voice. He is running out there and yells the host's name "Fukui-san!" It gets irritating after a while.

Avoid the dubbed voice of the floor reporter, and you'll enjoy a whole hour of cooking. By the way, you may be tempted to get something to eat afterwards.

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