Iron Chef (Japan)

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Iron Chef
Premiere October 10, 1993
Finale September 24, 1999
Host Chairman Kaga
Network Fuji TV
Style 90-minute cooking competition (seasons 1–2)
60-minute cooking competition (seasons 2–7)
Company Fuji Television Network
Seasons 7
Episodes 272 (plus 25 specials)
Origin Japan

Iron Chef is a cooking competition that was broadcast on Fuji TV in Japan. Otherwise known as Ryōri no tetsujin or Ironmen of Cooking, the cult series was hosted by the flamboyant Chairman Takeshi Kaga and follows a simple competitive format. A challenging chef calls out a pronounced expert and the two create several courses based around a secret ingredient. While they cook, like in a sporting event, regular commentators and a correspondent offer information about the food being prepared. After the competitors' hour is up, their food is judged by a panel of guest judges and Kaga.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Takeshi Kaga Chairman Kaga 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Kenji Fukui Announcer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Yukio Hattori Commentator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Shinichiro Ohta Floor Reporter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Chen Kenichi Iron Chef Chinese 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Yutaka Ishinabe Iron Chef French 1
Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French 2 3 4 5 6 7
Masahiko Kobe Iron Chef Italian 5 6 7
Rokusaburo Michiba Iron Chef Japanese 1 2 3 4
Koumei Nakamura Iron Chef Japanese 4 5 6
Masaharu Morimoto Iron Chef Japanese 6 7

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Fuji TV
Season One October 10, 1993 December 19, 1993 10
Season Two January 9, 1994 December 16, 1994 49
Season Three January 6, 1995 December 15, 1995 46
Season Four January 12, 1996 December 20, 1996 46
Season Five January 10, 1997 December 26, 1997 46
Season Six January 9, 1998 December 25, 1998 45
Season Seven January 8, 1999 September 24, 1999 31
Specials December 23, 1994 January 2, 2002 25

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