This week in Iron Chef History, June 21-June 27:
- 224 (6/24/1994) – Milk – Chen vs. Masahiko Miyamoto
- 325 (6/23/1995) – Sardine – Chen vs. Yukihiro Noda
- 426 (6/21/1996) – Bacon – Sakai vs. Phillipe Baton
- 524OA (6/27/1997) – Blacktip Grouper – Chen vs. Chow Kuen Chung
- 622 (6/26/1998) – Kamo Eggplant – Kobe vs. Yasuhiro Sasajima
- 723 (6/25/1999) – Black Pork – Sakai vs. Isao Makio
TWICH Notes: The milk battle features a challenger who trained under two of the top five chefs in France. Chen’s Sardine battle comes after two straight Iron Chef losses and a trip to the hospital for Michiba. You have seen the challenger from this week’s ICC Exclusive episode many times. When? You see him in every Food Network opening. He is the chef who enters behind the Hong Kong Colonial Flag and is wearing several medals around his neck. Now you finally get to see him in the Blacktip Grouper battle. Kobe takes on a chef known as “The Innovator.” Finally, we get to see Sakai make a visit to his hometown and cook for some of his school friends.
New in the database this week: 524OA – Blacktip Grouper – Chen vs. Chow Kuen Chung
The movie Backdraft was on television tonight. I always find myself watching it whenever I see it in the listings because so much of the music from Iron Chef comes from the Backdraft Soundtrack. I thought this might be a good night to share an a cappella version of the song “Show Me Your Firetruck.” You might know it better as the opening and closing theme song to Iron Chef. Enjoy.
A Cappella Iron Chef Theme
This week in Iron Chef History, June 14 – June 20:
- 223 (6/17/1994) – Sea Urchin – Sakai vs. Yuji Wakiya
- 324 (6/16/1995) – Blue Crab – Michiba vs. Zeng Mingxing
- 425 (6/14/1996) – Pomfret – Nakamura vs. Son Kangi (This battle did not air on Food Network. We don’t have a copy of it.)
- 523OA (6/20/1997) – Amberjack – Sakai vs. Kunio Sato (This battle did not air on Food Network. We DO have a copy of it.)
- 621 (6/19/1998) – New Potato – Chen vs. Kentaro
- 722 (6/18/1999) – Sushi – Morimoto vs. Keiji Nakazawa
- 722OA (6/18/1999) – Original Japanese language version of episode 722 (Sushi)
TWICH Notes: The Sea Urchin battle sees Sakai battling a chef who was eventually selected to be an Iron Chef. (He never did battle as an Iron Chef.) Michiba takes on an apprentice of the “Mother of Chinese cooking in Japan.” Our ICC Exclusives episode this week features a chef from the Izu Peninsula. New Potato sees the return of the Kobayashi family. Can the son be half as entertaining as his mother was? Finally this week, we have the first official Sushi battle in Kitchen Stadium. Remember that Morimoto started his career as a sushi chef. Does he still have what it takes to win a sushi battle?
New in the database this week: 523OA, 722OA
See you next week.
The site has been down a lot this week. The hosting company says that they can’t duplicate the problem. (Of course, once I asked them about it, the problem seems to have stopped. Coincidence? Maybe.) If the problems do persist, I will look at other hosting alternatives to help prevent them from continuing. I plan to have a new TWICH post (and maybe a BKS post) later this week. Thank you for your patience and continued support.
This week in Iron Chef History, June 7 – June 13:
- 222 (6/10/1994) – Sweetfish – Michba vs. Katsumi Hanato
- 323 (6/9/1995) – Lamb – Sakai vs. Kazutaka Okabe
- 424 (6/7/1996) – Salmon Roe – Sakai vs. Yoshinobu Sonobe
- 522OA (6/13/1997) – Short Pasta – Kobe vs. Masahiko Hagiwara
- 620 (6/12/1998) – Sweetfish – Morimoto vs. Kenichi Miyanaga
- 721 (6/11/1999) – Giant Lobster – Kobe vs. Makoto Osada
TWICH Notes: The sweetfish battle pits Michiba against a challenger sent by Kandagawa. Sakai’s lamb battle is against a chef from Club Mistral. The Salmon Roe battle never aired on Food Network. (Unfortunately, we have not been able to find a copy of it.) Our ICC Exclusive episode is Kobe’s debut battle. The Iron Chef Collection is the only place you can see it. Morimoto takes on a chef who was a former Michiba assistant. He knows Kitchen Stadium better than the then new Iron Chef Japanese Morimoto. Finally, Kobe gets to use giant lobsters that cost up to $400 each. Enjoy.
This week in Iron Chef history, May 31 – June 6:
- 221 (6/3/1994) – Natto – Michiba vs. Kuniyuki Ishikawa
- 322 (6/2/1995) – Onion – Sakai vs. Katsuo Omiya
- 423 (5/31/1996) – Cuttlefish – Chen vs. Ichio Goto
- 521OA (6/6/1997) – Conger Eel – Nakamura vs. Hisato Sakane
- 619 (6/5/1998) – Mishima Beef – Sakai vs. Kumiko Kobayashi
- 720bOA - (6/4/1999) – Indonesia Special (Part 2) – Michiba and Morimoto travel to Indonesia
TWICH Notes: The Natto battle features a match up of two certified Maestros of a Japanese chef’s association with more than 20,000 member. (Michiba was the head of the organization.) The challenger in the Onion battle is the owner of one of the top three diners in Japan and the first diner cook to do battle in Kitchen Stadium. Chen takes on a chef responsible for the menus at three of the top Italian restaurants in Japan. Our ICC Exclusive episode this week is a battle between Nakamura and the number two man at Kandagawa’s main restaurant. Sakai gets the privilege of using the best beef that Japan produces. Only 20 heads a year are available and cost $12,000 each. And we get part 2 of the Indonesia Special.
New in the video database this week: 521OA – Conger Eel