To most Japanese, Spanish cooking = Paella. The challenger wants to show the possibilities of Modern Spanish cuisine. Iron Chef Wakiya Yuji tries to remain perfect in Kitchen Stadium. It’s Modern Spanish vs. Modern Chinese.
Who’s cuisine will reign supreme? (Oops. Wrong iteration of this show.) The theme ingredient is Jagaimo (Potatoes).
Note: Sorry I didn’t get this posted earlier. The video and audio on the first version I found was not up to the quality level we had come to expect since the show returned to air. AND they cut off the announcement of the winner. So, I continued to check my other sources for a better quality/complete version of this episode. (One good thing about that version (to me, anyway) is that the commercials appear to have been left in this video, so you can experience it just as it aired on Japanese TV, breaks and all. If you are interested in seeing that version, send me an e-mail and I’ll send you a link to it.)
Iron Chef Yomigaeru – S1E05 – Potato (Jagaimo) – Iron Chef Chinese Wakiya vs. Honda Seiichi – 11/30/2012
After no episode last week, we are given a 2 hour special this week.
Battle #1 – The first battle features a challenger nominated by Akimoto and Kenjo. The challenger works every day in a “mini Kitchen Stadium” as his family’s restaurant has no set menu and the dishes are decided by his father after talking with the customers. The restaurant, Banraien, is located 20 minutes from Oimachi Station in Tokyo. I couldn’t find a website for the restaurant, but I did find a couple of videos on Youtube the restaurant. (Video 1 – The father tells the diners their menu. Video 2 – Poor quality video of the challenger in action.)
He will be taking on the man who appears to be the strongest of the new Iron Chefs, Iron Chef French Yosuke Suga. The theme is Tofu, an ingredient that you would think presents a huge advantage to the challenger.
Battle #2 – The second battle features a challenger nominated by Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai. The nominee works for Iron Chef Sakai at his La Rochelle restaurant. The challenger has worked for Sakai for many years, and obviously has great respect for him. He will take on an Iron Chef that faced his master as a challenger 18 years ago (223 – Sea Urchin – 6/17/1994). We also see an old familiar face with the return of frequent judge Asako Kishi.
Iron Chef Yomigaeru S1E04 – 2 Hour Special
Battle #1 – Tofu – Iron Chef French Yosuke Suga vs. Hayato Nakano – 11/23/2012
Battle #2 – Madara (Cod) – Iron Chef French Yuji Wakiya vs. Toshiyuki Kudo – 11/23/2012
Since there was no new episode this week, I thought I’d put up a couple of classic episodes for everyone to enjoy. Today, I am happy to present two battles featuring Iron Chef Italian Masahiko Kobe.
The challenger is a chef from Kanazawa, home of the great Rosanjin and Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba. He is skilled in creating Kaga cuisine. The Iron Chef is riding a 3-battle winning streak into this challenge. The theme is Shirako (Cod Soft Roe), not exactly a staple of Italian cuisine. Can the young Iron Chef overcome this obstacle to continue his winning ways?
Well, we don’t know quite yet. One battle is not enough to decided the winner between these two chefs and we are going to Overtime!! Both battle were very close, with the judges split 2-2 both times. In the overtime battle, only 2 points separated the scores. Who will end this challenging day with a victory?
544sub – Shirako (Cod Soft Roe) Battle – Masahiko Kobe vs. Kazunari Takada – 11/28/1997
545sub – Botanebi (Pink Prawn) Battle – Masahiko Kobe vs. Kazunari Takada – 12/5/1997
Just wanted to remind everyone that there is no new episode this week. There will be a two hour special next Friday with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and classic judge Asako Kishi. Look for it here next weekend.
I’ll do my best to post a few “new” subtitled episodes this weekend. And maybe the next installment in my vacation diary. (I know how much everyone looks forward to that. )
The challenger is an Italian chef who didn’t start cooking seriously until the age of 28. He prefers traditional Italian food, the kind that ordinary Italians grew up eating. The theme is 5 types of Kinoko (mushroom).
Iron Chef Yomigaeru S1E3 – Kinoko – Iron Chef French vs. Mitsuaki Okamura – 11/9/12
Make sure you comment and send links with any translations or observations you have while watching this episode. I’ll be away from the site most of this weekend, but I will get the comments posted as soon as I’m able.
You can see the dishes HERE, but be careful not to scroll down too far if you don’t want to see the results yet.
This week’s battle is Italian vs French. The Iron Chef French boldly proclaims that French will not lose to a Japanese Italian chef. The theme ingredient is Kinoko (mushroom). After last week’s loss, will the Iron Chef be able to get Kitchen Stadium’s vanguards back on the right track?
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