On this date seventeen years ago (10/10/1993), the very first episode of Ryori no Tetsujin aired on Japanese television. The only clip of it I have ever seen is in “The Making of Iron Chef America”, believe it or not. While I would love to come to you tonight with a copy of that rarest of Iron Chef episodes, it is not to be. However, I do bring you three new subtitled episodes thanks to the continued efforts of our formerly-anonymous benefactor. (Thanks again for continuing to share your collection with Iron Chef fans around the world.)
- Caviar Battle (433) – You have seen this challenger many, many times. He is one of the challengers featured in Food Network’s opening to the show, but his episode never aired on the network. Now you get a chance to see him in action. The challenger is the head chef at the Brazilian embassy. He is Thierry Houngues, and he is the owner-chef at La Table de Thierry in Kyoto. (WARNING: There are battle spoilers in the link above.)
- Pacific Saury (439) – Iron Chef Japanese Nakamura is not off to a great start as an Iron Chef. His record so far is a very average 7 wins, 4 losses. Of course, Kandagawa is not going to let an opportunity to jab at the Chairman slip by. Kandagawa has a so-called Phantom Warrior ready to take on the embattled Iron Chef. His name is Tokuo Endo, and he is the executive director of Kandagawa Osaka. He was in charge of Kandagawa’s five restaurants.
- Mushroom (444) – Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi could handle the toughest ingredients and find ways to come out on top in any battle. The one thing he couldn’t seem to handle was a woman challenger. This battle features yet another female challenger for Chen, who at the time of this battle had yet to defeat a female. Daniella Ozik is a food researcher who encouraged people to make delicious dishes in their own homes rather than visit expensive restaurants. Can another “home cook” take down an Iron Chef? (Here is a list of her books on Amazon Japan. See her cooking in June 2009 right here.)
I have also finally added the DIVX versions of the previous two episode additions 430, 431.
October 10th will mark 17 years since the debut of Iron Chef in Japan. Most of us here found the show only after it began airing on Food Network in the US. Some people saw the show in all it’s subtitled glory in the early days of its American run in select local markets. And I imagine a lucky few even saw it during its original Japanese airing.
So, what is your Iron Chef story? How did you find the show? What hooked you and made you a fan? Have you ever met an Iron Chef or challenger, or eaten at one of their restaurants? How did you end up here?
On the 10th, I will have some new Japanese language episodes posted. (And maybe even a extra surprise or two.) Until then, let’s fill up the comments with our Iron Chef stories.