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(Wall Street Journal)   Fuji TV revives "Iron Chef: Japan" after 13-year hiatus, rebuilds Kitchen Stadium, introduces hunky new Chairman and "Game of Thrones" theme music   (blogs.wsj.com) divider line 80
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2012-11-03 05:23:11 PM
Sorry, but when I watch "Backdraft", I still make the mental cues ("Our secret ingredient is......NATTO!") when I hear the background music.

/firetrucks driving off to the sunset toward Morimoto's
 
2012-11-03 06:03:18 PM
Man I LOVE Iron Chef. The American version is an unwatchable abortion.
 
2012-11-03 06:03:44 PM
Good. The U.S. version is a farking joke except for Morimoto. Cat Cora, token female chef? Please, Sakai or Kenichi would have handed her her ass 10 times out of 10.
 
2012-11-03 06:12:50 PM
I miss Chairman Kaga :(
 
2012-11-03 06:16:36 PM
does anyone else read the article in American narrators voice?
 
2012-11-03 06:23:22 PM
Long Live The Fighter!
 
2012-11-03 06:28:32 PM
I LOVE Iron Chef, but call me when they revive Takeshi's Castle...
 
2012-11-03 06:30:13 PM
Today's secret ingredient..........TESTICLES!!!
 
2012-11-03 06:34:41 PM
No joke, it took me a while before I realized the chairman said "Ala cuisine".
 
paj
2012-11-03 06:37:13 PM

LegacyDL: No joke, it took me a while before I realized the chairman said "Ala cuisine".


Allez.
 
2012-11-03 06:42:00 PM
They didn't answer the most important question...is Fukui-san back?

/sucks they didn't bring Kaga back, but as long as the new guy can put on a show, that's all that matters
 
2012-11-03 06:42:17 PM

drewogatory: Good. The U.S. version is a farking joke except for Morimoto. Cat Cora, token female chef? Please, Sakai or Kenichi would have handed her her ass 10 times out of 10.


Yeah, but she's not on anymore, so no token female anythings.

/love watching Zakarian fight with Guarnaschelli
//also love watching Alton make fun of Kevin
///get rid of Flay
 
2012-11-03 06:43:46 PM

paj: LegacyDL: No joke, it took me a while before I realized the chairman said "Ala cuisine".

Allez.


holy fark im lmao. no farking idea what he ever said.

Link
 
2012-11-03 06:46:10 PM

Dinodork: drewogatory: Good. The U.S. version is a farking joke except for Morimoto. Cat Cora, token female chef? Please, Sakai or Kenichi would have handed her her ass 10 times out of 10.

Yeah, but she's not on anymore, so no token female anythings.

/love watching Zakarian fight with Guarnaschelli
//also love watching Alton make fun of Kevin
///get rid of Flay


Flay needs to be stuffed full of himself and fire roasted to charcoal.
 
2012-11-03 06:47:00 PM
My wife sent me an email saying she watched the first episode of the new version as she knows I'm a huge original Iron Chef fan (our wedding reception was at one of Sakai's restaurants). She said it was really good, but was surprised that one of the challengers actually won, which is a rarity in the original version. I really hope they translate it for a USA release.
 
2012-11-03 06:49:40 PM
No Kaga? Sobs. The Doc, excellent. But the intrepid floor reporter? The obsequious but witty commentator? The inevitable giggling actress out of her depth? NO SAKAI OR CHEN????? Hmm, serving judgement, but hanging out to see:)
 
2012-11-03 06:54:33 PM

timelady: No Kaga? Sobs. The Doc, excellent. But the intrepid floor reporter? The obsequious but witty commentator? The inevitable giggling actress out of her depth? NO SAKAI OR CHEN????? Hmm, serving judgement, but hanging out to see:)


You got to remember that the original was about (har20 years ago and Chen and Sakai weren't young even back then.
 
2012-11-03 06:54:46 PM
I hear that this version has a new thing called zinc saucier.

It comes with double prize money.
 
2012-11-03 07:13:37 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Flay needs to be stuffed full of himself


He already is.
 
2012-11-03 07:15:41 PM
So they are running out of ideas on for TV in Japan as well?
 
2012-11-03 07:22:56 PM

HotWingAgenda: Smeggy Smurf: Flay needs to be stuffed full of himself

He already is.


Now all that is needed is the roasting over an open fire for the next 57 hours
 
2012-11-03 07:37:26 PM

Psycoholic_Slag: Man I LOVE Iron Chef. The American version is an unwatchable abortion.


It's not unwatchable, but it lacks the over the top camp of the Japanese version. Alton Brown serves as a pretty passable alternative to Doctor Hatori and Ken Fuiki.
 
2012-11-03 07:39:44 PM
At least now you can understand it.
 
2012-11-03 08:04:54 PM
"Right you are, Kenny...."
 
2012-11-03 08:22:04 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I miss Chairman Kaga :(


You bastard! I thought he died for a second. DON'T DO THAT.
 
2012-11-03 08:34:27 PM
I fell out of love with Iron Chef when I caught an episode that had 2 chefs with twenty staff persons and the ingredient challenge of "everything". What happened to only allowing the chefs themselves and 1 ingredient?
 
2012-11-03 09:47:37 PM
FUKUI-SAN?!
 
2012-11-03 09:48:38 PM
I lost a lot of respect for Iron Chef once I heard how the format actually works. They don't just stand there, hear the ingredient, and cook.

A week to a month beforehand they are giving a list of 5 ingredients that they can practice with.


I think Chopped is the only show where the Chef's really have no idea and no time to plan, which is why it makes even the pros look like chumps.


Gonad the Ballbarian: I LOVE Iron Chef, but call me when they revive Takeshi's Castle...


Is that the show that MXC was based on?
 
2012-11-03 10:22:00 PM

carnifex2005: timelady: No Kaga? Sobs. The Doc, excellent. But the intrepid floor reporter? The obsequious but witty commentator? The inevitable giggling actress out of her depth? NO SAKAI OR CHEN????? Hmm, serving judgement, but hanging out to see:)

You got to remember that the original was about (har20 years ago and Chen and Sakai weren't young even back then.


Since when has common sense got anything to do with it?;)
 
2012-11-03 10:25:16 PM
This site has the world's largest collection (besides me, don't ask) of Iron Chef Japan eps available - including this latest incarnation.
 
2012-11-03 10:30:11 PM
One of the things I loved about the original Iron Chef was how serious they took their ingredients. Like "this sea salt was made from sea water taken from the Suruga Bay on the night of a full moon in April and blessed by a Shaolin monk" etc...
 
2012-11-03 10:31:29 PM

timelady: This site has the world's largest collection (besides me, don't ask) of Iron Chef Japan eps available - including this latest incarnation.


Awesome find. You rule.
 
2012-11-03 10:31:42 PM

RogermcAllen: I lost a lot of respect for Iron Chef once I heard how the format actually works. They don't just stand there, hear the ingredient, and cook.

A week to a month beforehand they are giving a list of 5 ingredients that they can practice with.

I think Chopped is the only show where the Chef's really have no idea and no time to plan, which is why it makes even the pros look like chumps.


Gonad the Ballbarian: I LOVE Iron Chef, but call me when they revive Takeshi's Castle...

Is that the show that MXC was based on?


Yep.
 
2012-11-03 10:34:55 PM

timelady: This site has the world's largest collection (besides me, don't ask) of Iron Chef Japan eps available - including this latest incarnation.


ps.

My Iron Chef folder is 35 GBs, do you have more?
 
2012-11-03 10:37:12 PM

timelady: This site has the world's largest collection (besides me, don't ask) of Iron Chef Japan eps available - including this latest incarnation.


Heh i think I have all of the English ones.It has always been one of my favorite shows and I can keep watching them over and over for some reason (especially any seafood ones). There is a massive torrent out there with most of them on it if any of you want to save some time.
 
2012-11-03 10:43:50 PM

kyuzokai: timelady: This site has the world's largest collection (besides me, don't ask) of Iron Chef Japan eps available - including this latest incarnation.

ps.

My Iron Chef folder is 35 GBs, do you have more?


Should have most of them. I check that site from time to time and dl any that I'm missing.I haven't checked it in awhile. But I really can't imagine that they have suddenly found a big stash of previously unavailable episodes...dammit now i'm curious. Guess i'm doing that tonight now haha.
 
2012-11-03 11:24:56 PM
As for Sakai not being on, being 70 may have something to do with it.
 
2012-11-03 11:40:02 PM
It will take a lot, and I mean a lot, for me to accept a Chairman who is not Kaga. I am expecting ruffled lace gloves and not one, two, but three cravats, one at his hip, before I believe he is worthy of the name.
 
2012-11-04 12:01:16 AM

Smeggy Smurf: Now all that is needed is the roasting over an open fire for the next 57 hours years


FTFA

/nothing redeeming about that guy
 
2012-11-04 12:03:32 AM

TalenLee: It will take a lot, and I mean a lot, for me to accept a Chairman who is not Kaga. I am expecting ruffled lace gloves and not one, two, but three cravats, one at his hip, before I believe he is worthy of the name.


The Chairman is what I hate most about the show (Japan, US, whatever - he is bad in all). Its an actor. And an over the top one at that ... he adds fake drama that distracts from the real drama between the chefs and the judges.
 
2012-11-04 12:12:20 AM
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2012-11-04 12:49:55 AM

RogermcAllen: I lost a lot of respect for Iron Chef once I heard how the format actually works. They don't just stand there, hear the ingredient, and cook.

A week to a month beforehand they are giving a list of 5 ingredients that they can practice with.

I think Chopped is the only show where the Chef's really have no idea and no time to plan, which is why it makes even the pros look like chumps.


Gonad the Ballbarian: I LOVE Iron Chef, but call me when they revive Takeshi's Castle...

Is that the show that MXC was based on?


I think that is only the American version where they have so much advanced knowledge of what ingredients they might get. I was under the impression that the Japanese version was more of a surprise and they didn't spend quite so much time getting the right shot and such.
 
2012-11-04 12:53:17 AM
Frickin sweet. I enjoyed watching those chef's turn an ingredient like whale sperm into 3 or 4 delicious plates and a dessert.

Gonad the Ballbarian: I LOVE Iron Chef, but call me when they revive Takeshi's Castle...


This! So much more hilarious than that cheap bastardization known as "Wipeout."
 
2012-11-04 01:09:36 AM
Clearly awesome news, but I have to wonder, are there any species of fish they haven't yet cooked on that show? I mean, they even did that big nasty angler fish, which for me rivals some of the stuff Andrew Zimmern eats on the nasty foods show.
 
2012-11-04 01:12:03 AM

RogermcAllen: I lost a lot of respect for Iron Chef once I heard how the format actually works. They don't just stand there, hear the ingredient, and cook.

A week to a month beforehand they are giving a list of 5 ingredients that they can practice with.


Hang on, let me get this straight, you're pissed because you think Iron Chef is fixed?

Hahahahahahahahhahahaha
 
2012-11-04 01:15:03 AM

Farnn: RogermcAllen: I lost a lot of respect for Iron Chef once I heard how the format actually works. They don't just stand there, hear the ingredient, and cook.

A week to a month beforehand they are giving a list of 5 ingredients that they can practice with.

I think Chopped is the only show where the Chef's really have no idea and no time to plan, which is why it makes even the pros look like chumps.


Gonad the Ballbarian: I LOVE Iron Chef, but call me when they revive Takeshi's Castle...

Is that the show that MXC was based on?

I think that is only the American version where they have so much advanced knowledge of what ingredients they might get. I was under the impression that the Japanese version was more of a surprise and they didn't spend quite so much time getting the right shot and such.


If I remember correctly:

* On the original show, the secret ingredient was always a surprise, but the chefs were given 15 minutes to plan their courses before the countdown started. This was never shown on TV.

* On "Iron Chef America", the chefs are given a list of five ingredients in advance, knowing that the secret ingredient would be one of those five, but were given no time to plan between the reveal and the countdown.
 
2012-11-04 01:58:19 AM
ALLEZ CUISINE!
 
2012-11-04 02:02:07 AM
Iron cookaroo! On my phone or I'd post a picture
 
2012-11-04 03:57:25 AM
Has Flay ever lost a challenge on Iron Chef America? I don't think he has- absurd. And I love Tex-Mex, chiles and avocado as much as anyone... but does he even know how to cook anything otherwise?
 
2012-11-04 03:59:10 AM

gingerjet: The Chairman is what I hate most about the show (Japan, US, whatever - he is bad in all). Its an actor. And an over the top one at that ... he adds fake drama that distracts from the real drama between the chefs and the judges.


The thing is, I love that camp goofiness. I just adore how pointedly silly he is. It's part of the set pieces and the fiction around the show. It's what makes the series feel so right to me - I could find a pure cooking show, but a pure cooking show wouldn't be farking timed. I'm the son of a goddamn chef - but it's the glorious silliness of the series with its overt seriousness and its string quartets and its riding carts into the stadium that I so love.

I'm probably just classless.
 
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