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Iron Chef 

Ryôri no tetsujin (original title)
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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Cast

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

Television Food Network

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Japan

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Japanese

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10 October 1993 (Japan) See more »

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Iron Chef See more »

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Fuji Television Network See more »
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Trivia

During the first month of the show, there were two battles: a preliminary and a final battle. The final battle was originally an hour and a half, but was shortened to an hour after the first show. After a month, the preliminary battles were eliminated altogether. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: Bang a gong, we are on!
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Alternate Versions

North American broadcasts of the series are, as to be expected, dubbed into English. However whenever Chairman Kaga is shown speaking on screen (not narrating) his words are rendered in subtitles with the actor's real voice heard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cardinal: Kevin (2018) See more »

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NASCAR meets Emeril!!! (review refers to the English-language version only)
17 March 2003 | by pete4windsSee all my reviews

I have to agree with pretty much everything in Mark Messina's review, but here's my take on it anyway:

I first got hooked on it when my fiancee turned me onto it long before we moved in together. I spent weekends at her house, and watching "Iron Chef" on Friday nights was a weekly ritual. As a long-time NASCAR fan, my FIRST impresion was that this is what the result would be if Emeril Legasse worked for NASCAR. Why is that, you ask? Anyone who is familiar with both Iron Chef and NASCAR knows exactly what I mean.

The action is fast paced, and the "color commentators" Kenji Fukui and Hattori Yukio in the booth give a flawless play-by-play. However, the real star of the show, in my opinion, is kitchen reporter Shinichirô Ôta. NASCAR fans will recognize him as "Iron Chef's" answer to pit road reporters such as Dr. Jerry Punch and John Kernan. His "right in the middle of the action" perspective adds an up-close and personal element to the show. Without Ôta, much of the action would be lost to viewers, simply by virtue of the program's pacing. Besides, how could you not love the incredibly inappropriate timing of his frequent "Fukui-san!" interjections? Nowhere else in the world would a rude interruption be so welcome!!! Besides, half the fun of the show is watching the competitors try to wave Ôta like a really irritating mosquito.

I mentioned early on that Iron Chef has a NASCAR feel to it. The comparison is clear when talking about the color commentary, but when it comes to the competitors, this is nothing short of a knock-down drag-out brawl. All of the Iron Chefs are great, but Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi is by far the most entertaining...not for his vast talent, but for the fact that he tends to stress WAY too much. Whenever he's on, the near-panicked look on his face as the end of the hour nears...priceless.

Finally, Takeshi Kaga, the chairman of Kitchen Stadium, not a chef at all, but a long-time musician and theater actor. What can I say about Kaga? Well-known for being the first Japanese to portray Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the first japanese to play Jean ValJean in Le Mis, these days he's just another in a long list of reasons to tune in. Above all else, I can't escape the thought that he is Japan's answer to Liberace.


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