The first battle between these two chefs was declared a no contest by Chairman Kaga because of the poor quality of some of the dishes. (It featured one of the “worst 3 dishes” as announced by the Chairman during the 2000th Dish Special.)
The theme for this battle is Shiroshita Karei. It literally means “Flounder at the foot of the castle.”
Nakamura made sure to turn on the rice cooker very early in this battle to avoid the mistake he made during the first battle. I think Sakai is hanging out in Kitchen Stadium because he admires how often this challenger uses circle molds.
I didn’t have much time to watch this one and look up the dishes. Sorry about that.
This time, we get a clear winner. You’ll have to watch to see who.
New in the database this week: 534OA
New episode review coming later this week.
It has been two and a half years since we had a challenger from Kyushu. The challenger is one of the top French chefs in Kyushu. He runs his own French restaurant, which he opened at only 26 years of age. He recently opened a location at a department store.
It has the commercial with Ninety-nine at the beach and the cute younger sister and an Ichiro commercial.
For some reason, the chairman starts laughing as soon as he says Allez Cuisine.
Sakai is in Kitchen Stadium to watch the battle today. I’m pretty sure that the Iron Chefs who were not doing battle that day were not usually in Kitchen Stadium to watch. Perhaps he was there to tape another episode later. The challenger has some guests as well. We see his wife, son, and daughter watching from the royal box.
Nakamura’s side seemed to make a major mistake by not pushing the switch on the rice cooker to turn it on until 15 minutes remained in the battle. Did they catch their mistake in time? Near the end of the battle, Nakamura tells Ohta that the rice should be ok, but it was a close call. I think it ended up not being ready, but I’m not positive.
Both sides have the ice cream makers running. The challenger seems to be having some trouble turning his off so he can get the ice cream out.
The Challenger’s dishes include: Jagaimo and Motsu soup (Potato and Offal soup), Mash Potato Hairtail Roll, Beef Filet under Hakata-method Galette, Vichyssoise (During the tasting of the final dish, the challenger is standing in a spot that makes it look like his head is on fire. )
Nakamura’s dishes include: Potato and Truffle Dumpling with Mentaiko Sauce, Potato Manjuu (steamed bun) Something, Potato and Salmon Grill, Meat and Potato Croquette and Sujebi (a Korean soup)(Maybe? I’m not sure.), Curry Ice Cream with Potato Sauce (I really hope I have that wrong!)
Oops. I have been corrected regarding this battle. Apparently, they had a rematch because the dishes weren’t good enough to be evaluated. I guess that’s why the next battle was a full 60 minutes.
The second battle between these two chefs will be posted tomorrow. It isn’t a normal 30 minute overtime battle.
Also this week, I’d like to let everyone know about a contest being run by the fine folks at Foodtvfans.com. Go to the thread linked and follow the instructions. You could win a free microwave. And while you are there, join in the conversations. The people that run the site are very friendly and knowledgeable. Unlike some food sites, they encourage open discussions about any topic. Help them grow their new forum.
Over the years, there were several Valentine’s Day dessert battles held in Kitchen Stadium. Today, we turn your attention to three of them.
- Chocolate and Apple Dessert Battle (305) – Sakai vs. Kondo
- Chocolate and Pear Dessert Battle (407) – Sakai vs. Yanagi
- Banana Dessert Battle (706) – Kobe vs. Tsujiguchi
Enjoy these special episodes of Iron Chef with the one you love.
New Japanese language episodes will be posted no later than Thursday of next week. Look for them.
Today, we bring to you the second half of the 1997 Iron Chef World Cup. (Part 1 is here.)
Alain Passard vs. Koumei Nakamura in the final of the 1997 Iron Chef World Cup.
It starts with Michiba going on a visit with Nakamura. Michiba says, “Iron Chef Nakamura has lost his way.” It even sounded like he said something about his dishes not tasting good. Was he really knocking Nakamura that much? They visit a farmer who has been farming eggplants for 30 years. They cut a round eggplant off the stalk and take a bite from it while still out in the field.
Nakamura looks on as Michiba gives him a demonstration, concluding with a lesson about finding good flavors from different ingredient combinations. (Although it almost looked like Nakamura was just adding things for the sake of adding them.) Perhaps Michiba agrees because he tells him there is too much flavor. (or too many flavors?)
The last thing we see before the battle is the presentation of a hand-made knife to Nakamura. His name is carved into it by the knife maker himself. We know that Michiba personally chose Nakamura to be his replacement, but we really see the way he mentors him in this episode.
Today, we present the first half of the 1997 Iron Chef World Cup.
If memory serves me right, it was exactly two years ago that Chairman Kaga last held a World Cup cooking battle. Rokusaburo Michiba was the winner back then. The chairman decides that he wants to see new chefs do battle. He gets his list of the best chefs in the world. He knows he has to choose very carefully. He will choose only genius chefs.
Where to have such a special battle? Arashiyama, Kyoto. He builds Arashiyama Kitchen Stadium outdoors. It appears to be a windy, drizzly day. (During the first battle, an appearance by the sun even draws a round of applause.) Here, we see a very interesting opening that shows a yellow pepper floating in the river.
The guests with the commentators for the first part of the program are Kitaoji Kinya (who says the set is wonderful) and Ishiki Sae. The chairman rises into the outdoor Kitchen Stadium. He calls for the six Iron Chefs. They walk into the Kitchen Stadium one-by-one.
Today is the one year anniversary of the launch of the Iron Chef Collection. Thank you to everyone who has visited, downloaded, commented, and contributed to the site. I know the updates have slowed down a lot since we reached the end of the Food Network episodes. I’ll do my best to get back on a regular posting schedule with the Japanese language episodes.
Here are what I consider to be the highlights from our first year:
- We completed the entire collection of episodes that aired on Food Network. (We’re the only place to see some of them on the internet.)
- We acquired 30 Japanese episodes that did not air on Food Network. (We’re still adding them. Be patient.)
- We acquired/shared several Japanese specials that did not air on Food Network. (Millennium Special, Japan Cup 2002, Indonesia Expedition, Morimoto Retrospective)
- We helped the families of two challengers get copies of the episodes featuring their family members. Michael Noble’s daughter wrote to us asking if we had a copy of her father’s episode. And according to Mark at nylon.net, “10 July 2008 – I finally have the Ostrich Episode (in Japanese, not dubbed). In 2008 I sent a copy of the episode to Gillian who had never seen it. Her children were amazed!”
- Over 50,000 videos watched/downloaded.
What you can expect in the months ahead:
- The continued addition of the Japanese language episodes from 1997.
- More BKS videos, commercials, Japanese TV shows
- The videos from the Iron Chef Sega Saturn video game.
Coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week: 1997 Iron Chef World Cup.