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Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown (2001)

William Shatner is chairman for a US version of Japan's popular Iron Chef cooking competition television show. Two separate challenges are provided using holiday theme ingredients.

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Jay Falk
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Credited cast:
William Shatner ... Chairman
Alessandro Stratta Alessandro Stratta ... Himself - Iron Chef French
Todd English ... Himself - Iron Chef American
Jean Francois Meteigner Jean Francois Meteigner ... Himself - Iron Chef French
Roy Yamaguchi ... Himself - Iron Chef Asian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Burger Michael Burger ... Himself - Announcer
Mark Famiglietti ... Himself - Judge
Elise Neal ... Herself - Judge
Brande Roderick ... Herself - Judge
Bruce Vilanch ... Himself - Judge
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William Shatner is chairman for a US version of Japan's popular Iron Chef cooking competition television show. Two separate challenges are provided using holiday theme ingredients.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Follows Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas (2001) See more »

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Who will reign supreme?
6 December 2003 | by jfg1-1See all my reviews

If you've never seen the original Iron Chef, this version will keep you happy. But, having seen the original, one and only Chairman Kaga and his Invincible Iron Chefs, I can't quite grasp the idea of William Shatner as Chairman. He just doesn't have the class and dignity Kaga does. Mr. Shatner is a bit too hammy. Plus, Kaga has the flair to carry off the wonderful costumes, where Shatner just looks stuffed into his.

As to the show itself, part of the charm of the original show is the campy voiceovers. Then there's Ota, Fukui-san, and Dr. Hattori, plus the panel of tasters, some new, some regulars. Watching them taste the dishes offered and hearing their comments is always amusing. And, of course, the chefs and competitors. We learned the quirks of the chefs and watched the competitors try to keep up.

Finally, there is the marvelous theme music. There is just something about a Japanese gong orchestra that sends chills up the spine.

All in all, the US version is not bad, but it will never quite measure up to the original. Chairman Kaga and his Iron Chefs will always reign supreme.


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