Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Japan. The show was later redone in the United States.
Morimoto Masaharu. His restaurant is called 'Nobu' in New York City. He also planned a Nobu restaurant in San Francisco and opened a restaurant called Pauli Motos in a suburb of Washington, DC.
Ishinabe Yutake. He wore the green outfit and earned the nickname 'The Artist.'
Chen Kenichi. His father is also a chef famous for his sauces.
Ota Shinichiro. Fukui-san is a term of respect towards the announcer.
Kobe Masahiko. Kobe wasn't on the first four seasons because Kaga felt he was too wild and undisciplined back then!
Kaga Takeshi. Kaga is a big actor in Japan, having been in such shows as 'Les MIserables' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'
|Floor announcer Ota Shinichiro, in order to get the attention of the head commentator and the other guests, always shouts a short phrase. What phrase does he use?||The Iron Chef!
Fukui-san!. All of these are phrases from the show. When the floor commentator, Ohta, calls the head commentator, Fukui, he of course says 'Fukui-san!', meaning 'friend Fukui'. 'Watakushi no kioku ga tashika naraba!' means 'If my memory serves me correctly...', said by Kaga near the beginning of the show to introduce the challenger. 'Kyoo no tema wa kore desu!' means 'Today's theme ingredient is...', introducing the ingredient of the day that each chef must use in each dish they prepare. 'Yomigaeru Aiyan Sheffu!' means 'Be resurrected Iron Chefs!', the dramatic phrase Kaga uses to 'summon' his Iron Chefs into kitchen stadium. You have to see it to believe it!
|Some of the judges on the show are semi-regular guests, often artists and actors. Other judges are considered regulars. One of the regulars is a lady of relatively advanced age who is a well-known food critic in Japan, and consequently is quite stern in her judgements. What is her name?||The Iron Chef!
Kishi Asako. Kurimoto is a member of the lower house in Japan, and also a regular judge. Kazuko, a fortune teller, sometimes replaced Kishi when she was out. Chai Lam was a VP of Golden Harvest, a Chinese film company, and a semi-regular judge.
|Hiroyuki Sakai, the second Iron Chef French (after Ishinabe Yutake), has been given the nickname, the '_________ of French Cuisine'. Which artist's name belongs in the blank?||The Iron Chef!
Delacroix. Sakai was trained in France. When he was 38, Sakai opened his own restaurant--La Rochelle--in Aoyama, Japan.
|Chen Kenichi was the Iron Chef of which cuisine for the complete run of the program?||The Iron Chef!
Chinese. The name 'Chen' should have given that one away!
|In two episodes, Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto took on a fellow Food Network denizen. Who was this daring individual?||The Iron Chef!
Bobby Flay. Morimoto defeated Bobby Flay, much to Flay's chagrin. Flay offended Morimoto by hopping onto the cooking counter following the match to pump up the audience...a big no-no in kitchen stadium! The second battle was won by Flay, though I must say I have a hard time believing that he could ever outdo Morimoto, especially with lobster.
|The third Iron Chef Japanese, Masaharu Morimoto, has recently opened up a restaurant in Philadelphia, and is well-known in the United States as the former head chef of the restaurant 'Nobu' located in which city?||The Iron Chef!
New York. Masaharu Morimoto was a controversial choice as the third Iron Chef Japanese due to the fact that his style mixes Japanese cuisine with those of other nations, and is very modern in form. His style is daring, to say the least, but his food always tantalizes!
Masahiko Kobe. Kobe dubbed himself the 'Prince of Pasta' and has a particularly cocky attitude. My wife finds him annoying as a result!
|At the beginning of each show there are scenes involving a very flamboyantly dressed individual. He is the 'chairman' of the show, and the show's creator...what is his name?||The Iron Chef!
Kaga. Takeshi Kaga was an actor of the Japanese stage, playing the starring role in the Japanese version of 'Jesus Christ, Superstar', for instance. The theme of the show has it that Kaga, with his Iron Chefs (the greatest in their respective culinary fields) lives in a great castle and each week he invites a new challenger to take on one of his chefs in battle. Kaga takes the show very seriously, at one time he did not appear on the show, citing the fact that his Iron Chefs had lost several battles, shaming their chairman!
|The Iron Chef debuted on Japanese Fuji TV in 1993. Who was the first Iron Chef Japanese to grace the screen?||The Iron Chef!
Rokusaburo Michiba. Rokusaburo Michiba, aka 'the god of Japanese cuisine' was the first Iron Chef Japanese for this show known in Japan as 'Ryori no Tetsujin' (Cooking Iron Man). The show was extraordinarily popular during its 6 year run of weekly shows in Japan, which included nearly 300 episodes!
|At the Millennium Cup, how many Iron Chefs were there?||Iron Chef
Nine. A new Iron Chef French and Iron Chef Chinese were introduced as the 'Shin' Iron Chefs.
|Which Iron Chef won the Strongest Iron Chef Tournament?||Iron Chef
Sakai. He eventually went on to face Alan Passart. He won this battle.
|In what year was the rules changed to let 4 judges taste?||Iron Chef
1995. Also changing from this was the introduction of the overtime battle.
|Where was the first overseas battle fought?||Iron Chef
Hong Kong. Michiba, Chen, and China's best chef participate. Movie star Jackie Chan was there as a judge.
|Who was the second Iron Chef Japanese?||Iron Chef
Koumei Nakamura. Michiba reccomended him to the position after his retirement in January 1996.
|In which suburb of Tokyo was 'Iron Chef' taped?||Iron Chef
Odaiba. It was filmed in the V4 studio of Fuji TV in Odaiba.
|What is Kaga's famous catchphrase that he says near the beginning of each episode?||Iron Chef
If my memory serves me correctly . In Japanese, it is 'Watashi no kioku ga tashika naraba'.
|In judging, 10 points are given for what attribute?||Iron Chef
Taste. The three attributes are Taste (10 pts), Originality (5 pts), and Presentation (5 pts).
|Who was the first challenger in Kitchen Stadium?||Iron Chef
Go Maruyama. Go Maruyama, the first challenger in Kitchen Stadium, chose to battle Iron Chef French Yutake Ishinabe.
|How many Iron Chefs, honorary or then current, participated in the 2000th Dish Battle?||Iron Chef
Three. Sakai and Ishinabe battled on the All French Team, Chen was with the All Chinese Team.
"I bid you good eating.". Part of the mystique, drama, and cult appeal of "ICA" lies in its (admittedly slightly cheeseball) formulaic "incantations" that are heard in every episode. Devoted fans of the show should be able to speak along with the Chairman, Alton Brown, and Kevin Brauch such lines as: "Whose cuisine reigns supreme?", "The cooking continues as the competition reaches a boiling point.", "We have been graced with the establishment of our very own Kitchen Stadium ...", "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Konbanwa. Here come the judges.", "Today, two champions met in battle [name of secret ingredient] ...", etc. etc.
Of course, the sound effects, lighting, editing, and stirring, dramatic music also contribute to the atmosphere.
Jeffrey Steingarten. A panel of three judges, after sampling and commenting on all the dishes presented by the Iron Chef and the challenger, determine the battle's winner. The rotating panel is made up of various food critics, authors, restaurateurs, and celebrities from outside the world of food.
Regularly introduced as the author of "The Man Who Ate Everything," Mr. Steingarten is a frequently appearing judge. His fellow judges sometimes perceive him as combative, contrary, petulant, and exasperating in general, but his honest, informed opinions and wise judgments (or perhaps it's just the audience's thirst for drama and contention) have brought him back to Kitchen Stadium time and time again.