whose cuisine reigns supreme?

10/3/04 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

If you haven’t seen an episode yet, do yourself a favor and watch “Iron Chef” on ETC, which is Channel 25 on Destiny. Imagine an Iron Chef and a challenger duking it out in a kitchen stadium, creating dishes based on a theme ingredient chosen for that battle, to find out “whose cuisine reigns supreme”? Yup, you guessed it, it’s a Japanese show, hehe.

I’ve been watching it for a few months now and it never gets old, but last Friday was even more entertaining as Ellen and I found ourselves heartily cheering on the female challenger, Katsuyo Kobayashi, in her Potato Battle with Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi. Not only was it a classic battle of the sexes, but also a showdown between the homestyle cooking of Kobayashi and the fine dining cuisine of the Iron Chef.

Poor Iron Chef Chinese, I really feel sorry for him, because he already lost to the first ever female challenger in “Iron Chef” and now chairman Kaga Takeshi picked him again to do battle with the second female challenger. You could tell how nervous he was and, as my wife and I expected, he was wiped out.

Cheering on Kobayashi was made easier by the fact that she was a very likeable, down-to-earth and funny chef, who even went to Kenichi’s side of the kitchen stadium to give him some motherly advice! Man, were we in stitches! And, as always, the dubbed blow-by-blow account by the Japanese commentators was priceless. Of course, I usually root for the challenger, except when it’s the master himself, Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba, who’s doing battle.

So catch “Iron Chef” if you can — here’s the sked from ClickTheCity:

Mondays 10 a.m.
Tuesdays 2 p.m.
Thursdays 3 a.m.
Fridays 8 p.m.
Saturdays 6 a.m.
Sundays 11 a.m.

Hey ETC, you should also broadcast the US spin-off “Iron Chef America,” which pits two of the Iron Chefs from the original show, Masaharu Morimoto and Hiroyuki Sakai (whom I hate, so I was overjoyed when I caught an episode where this Iron Chef French lost), in battles against three of America’s favorite chefs, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.



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  1. I agree – the commentary is simply priceless – you should hear how they dub Takeshi’s Castle here in the states!

  2. It’s kind of like a live version of “Cooking Master Boy.” I love this show.

    Takeshi’s Castle! *Ah, memories*

  3. hi!
    Stephen and I LOVE this show!
    We watch it every Saturday night. My favourite chef is Chen Kenichi! And Shinichiro Ohta is great too!
    Kay πŸ™‚

  4. hi kay! πŸ™‚ yup, even sam loves the show (and she likes queer eye too hehe). sorry, ellen and i don’t like chen kenichi though hehe πŸ™‚

    here’s a funny piece on iron chef usa from a fil-am site:

    http://www.theflavoronline.com/article.php?story=20040406174003773&query=and if you haven’t read it yet and you like the amazing race, here’s the story i did on the “philippine episode” hehe:

    http://news.inq7.net/entertainment/index.php?index=1&story_id=12712say hi to stephen. take care always!


  5. hi pauline — what was up with blogger last night, hehe, couldn’t post comments or publish new entries.

    i don’t suppose the “takeshi’s castle” they’re showing in the us has anjo yllana and smokey manaloto, hahaha πŸ™‚

    kian, i suppose you’re too young to remember that “philippine version” hehe πŸ™‚ or were there reruns? for the life of me, i can’t remember what smokey’s character was called…

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