Iron Chef News

17 Oct 2016 - Donald Trump appears on Iron Chef. Threatens to arrest Chairman Kaga! (Kidding)

25 June 2016 - No feedback so far about the new episode download method, so I'll assume it works. The old download folder will be phased out when it's empty.

17 June 2016 - I'm exploring a new way to share Iron Chef via I'll phase it in and see how it goes.

9 May 2016 - Mandy, at the Flamola Kitchen Stadium Forum reported that Iron Chef Japan featured in USA TV's Jeopardy on 8 March 2016 - a $600 question! There is no information about whether Watson or any human got the answer right. But WE DID! Didn't we? Allez cuisine!

12 May 2016 - In the most recent Masterchef Australia elimination round, a contestant failed to guess that an ingredient whose name began with "U" was Umeboshi. Of course we who have studied Pickled-Plum (Umeboshi) [ep092@19950811] Michiba&Kaji laughed into the sleeves of our kimonos at his ignorance! You poor pickled plum fool! Bwaahahaha! All the more reason to study at the university of Iron Chef! Also, it is not until now that I have realised that leaping to one's feet, thrusting an accusatory index finger at the TV and yelling "It's ume-bloody-boshi you bastard!" tends to disturb cats, fellow residents, and neighbours.

11 May 2016 - You can now access the Iron Chef Exchange via the URL Yay!

10 May 2016 - Contributor Dugan has requested some vegetarian episodes, so we'll be serving up some mango and other treats in future weeks. 2 May 2016 - SBS Australia is occasionally showing 2 ICJ episodes a week, but sadly there is no new or better content in them.

12 March 2016 - I've been looking into more generous web hosting plans, but they are double the cost of my current host.

23 Feb 2016 - Well, that didn't last long. After about 2 or 3 (recently-repeated) episodes, the SBS supply of ICJ has stopped once more.

10 Feb 2016 - I bet you missed this event! As usual, Kobe looks like the other chefs are poking him with chopsticks out of frame. Bad junior Chen. Bad!

"The culinary genius of the legendary Iron Chefs Hiroyuki Sakai, Katsuhiko Kobe and the eldest son of renowned Iron Chef Kenichi Chen, Kentaro Chen, who all have frequently demonstrated their presences in the "Iron Chef" - a Japanese Cooking Program with extremely high rating are back in Australia for another extravagant event. This time in Melbourne hosted in the RACV Melbourne Grand Ballroom. Don't miss a chance to meet the worlds famous Original Japanese Iron Chefs in person!
Enjoy this magnificent event with A SPECIAL FULL COURSE DINNER provided by The Iron Chefs with specially selected matching premium wine and sake by Executive Sommelier Masahiko Iga. At Iron Lounge, you will also be able to relish KIRIN BEER BAR and SAKE BAR, drinks plus seasonable canapés by Mark Normoyle (RACV Executive Chef) and Ikuei Arakane (Executive Japanese Chef). You can also experience various Japanese cultural entertainment with great performances by the professional Japanese calligrapher (Shodo) Junko Azukawa, the Koto player Brandon Lee and more during the event.

2 Feb 2016 - I've been uploading Iron Chef episodes for a long time at my own expense for years. I think it's time for the international ICJ community to help out. From now on, I'll upload one episode every time someone donates $US1 to the cause (with a limit of about 6 episodes at any given time - unless someone is really generous and I can afford a hosting plan with more storage space). If you really like IC - as many people have said - $1 is not a lot to prove it.

24 Jan 2016 - SBS Australia is broadcasting Iron Chef again, on Sundays! I doubt there will be any new episodes on offer, but it's nice to see it back.

5 Sept 2015 - I don't want people to panic, but SBS Australia has stopped broadcasting Iron Chef. They do this from time to time, but this has been going on for several weeks. Fear not, because none of their recent broadcasts have been new or interesting: the same shows repeated every 6 months or so.

8 July 2015 - Found an appearance by Morimoto on Hell's Kitchen in 2010. See Morimoto's sushi appearance (19MB, MKV)

9 May 2015 - I'm introducing a new system to cope with inexplicable upload failures every 2 hours.

8 May 2015 - Time marches on, and DivX/AVI has had its day. From now on I'll be encoding Iron Chef episodes as H.264 video in MKV containers.

3 May 2015 - UPLOADING PROBLEMS CONTINUE - every 2 hours my FTP connection dies and uploads restart from the beginning. Soon, I'll have to upload files in small chunks (RARed) so they will each transmit within the cutoff window. You will have to go to the upload folder and grab the several parts and reassemble them. More details soon.

10 March 2015 - Morimoto was born in May 1955 - he's nearly 60! Dammit to hell.

23 August 2012

Newsflash! Iron Chef Show Returns to Japanese TV - posted on 2012-08-23 14:55 AEST

The Japanese television station Fuji TV has revealed that as part of a strategy to boost ratings, it will broadcast a remake of the Iron Chef television program on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. The original Iron Chef aired on the station from 1993 to 1999.

12 June 2011 - See Morimoto-san on Hawaii 50 doing karaoke and fish forensics

22 March 2011 - Australian Iron Chef Gets the Chop! - The Daily Telegraph March 22, 2011
It was pitted as Seven's big player in the food TV wars but it seems Iron Chef Australia is set for the scrapheap after one season.

Lifted from the super-popular Iron Chef America, the show debuted last October to a lacklustre 1.129 million despite Seven's huge outlay for the franchise which was rumoured to have cost about $20 million.

Pricey, too, was Seven's trio of high-profile chefs who headlined the show - Neil Perry, Guy Grossi and Guillaume Brahimi - along with imported American "chairman" Mark Dacascos, additional commentator Richard Cornish and local host Grant Denyer.

Going up against Nine's Top Gear Australia on Tuesday nights, Iron Chef Australia cracked the million-viewer mark just once during its six-week season before whimpering out in November with just 768,000 viewers.

Brahimi, owner and head chef of Sydney's Guillaume at Bennelong, admitted he struggled to adapt to the show's format.

"As a chef on the show, it's a no-win situation," he told Confidential.

"As a professional I am expected to win the challenges but if I'm beaten by a challenger then he is the hero. So either way, I lose."

A Seven spokesman yesterday stated that "no decision has yet been made" on the future of the show.

Allez rubbish bin! - Ed.

19 September 2010 - JTB is offering Australians gourmet tours of Japan, including visits to Sakai's and Chen's restaurants.

Grant Denyer to host Iron Chef Australia

September 13, 2010

Sunrise weatherman and self-confessed non-foodie Grant Denyer has been announced as the host of the Australian incarnation of the worldwide cooking show sensation Iron Chef.

Last month the Seven Network announced that chefs Neil Perry, Guy Grossi and Guillaume Brahimi have signed up for Iron Chef Australia, which begins production in Melbourne this month.

The arena-style competition cooking show, already a worldwide hit, will see these chefs pitted against aspiring professional cooks in a battle against the clock.

Food critics Larissa Dubecki, from The Age, and Simon Thomsen, from News Limited, will be joined by well-known restaurant critic Leo Schofield to form the three-strong judging panel on the show.

Denyer will be joined in the commentary box by award-winning food writer Richard Cornish.

Let's just hope it's better than the "Top Gear Australia" abortion - Mark

Iron Chef comes to Australia

Larissa Dubecki

10 August 2010 - Sydney Morning Herald

CASTING has begun in earnest for Iron Chef Australia, the local answer to the international stadium-cooking-on-steroids phenomenon. Producer Shine, the company behind MasterChef, is casting its net wide and approaching a slew of renowned chefs and local food media identities in a pretty tight time frame — the series is due to be filmed in Melbourne next month. The format will be faithful to the Japanese, British and American versions, with chefs competing in a "kitchen arena" and judged by a panel of three.


20 July 2010 - Iron Chef Sakai on Australian Masterchef.

Click the pic for edited highlights (20M, DivX)

Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai on Australian Masterchef

From the SBS website... 23rd April 2010

Win a double pass to the 2010 Iron Chef Event in Sydney!

Experience a unique culinary event organised by JTB Australia featuring world famous Iron Chefs, Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai and Iron Chef Chinese Kenichi Chen.

The competition begins Thursday, 29 April 2010 and gives you the chance to enjoy premium seating in the front row, a six course degustation menu with matching wines and overnight accommodation at the Sydney Hilton.

The menu is the creation of the Iron Chefs, in collaboration with acclaimed local chefs:

  • Harunobu Inukai, Blancharu
  • Hideki Okazaki, Rise
  • Saeko Nemoto, Ten
  • Gary Johnson, Hilton Sydney
  • 2 x premium tickets to the "2010 Iron Chef Event in Sydney" on 7th June 2010 valued at $550.00 each
  • Twin Share Accommodation at the Hilton Sydney in a deluxe room including breakfast on the night of 7th June 2010 valued at $275
    Don't forget to return to the site on Thursday, 29 April to get your entry in.
    Allez Cuisine!


Iron Chef 2008 in Sydney

10 November 2008

The Observatory Hotel’s Galileo Restaurant is hosting the fourth and most competitive Iron Chef Event from 2-4 December.
Two stars of the SBS television program Iron Chef will return to the Galileo and The Globe Bar for three exclusive dinners.

This culinary extravaganza is set to surpass all previous years with Iron Chef French, Hiroyuki Sakai and Iron Chef Chinese, Chen Kenichi entering battle with Galileo’s new Michelin-star Executive Chef, Masahiko Yomoda and the restaurant’s former chef Haru Inukai.

Hosted by award winning producer, presenter and food journalist, Joanna Savill and media personality, John Mangos, guests will be treated to an evening of grand and highly amusing entertainment.


Time and dates: 6.30 p.m on Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th December 2008 at Galileo Restaurant and The Globe Bar.
Venue: The Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent Street, Sydney.

Seats at the Iron Chef Dinner are $595 Per Person and include welcome cocktails, seven course dinner and Sommelier Christian Baeppler’s selection of matching wines.



A review of the Iron Chef dinner at the Observatory Hotel, Australia, 2007

Created 2 April 2006

Last changed Monday, October 17, 2016 3:20 PM