The Iron Chefs Go Head-To-Head In A Culinary Tournament

The Food Network Brings The First-Ever “King of Iron Chefs Tournament” To The Table.

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You may or may not have heard about or seen a cable television show called” Iron Chefs”. It could be described as a cross between World Wrestling and Cooking with Julia Childs. The show is produced in Japan and brings “Iron Chefs”, who are master chefs in various culinary styles, and challenging chefs together. They compete in a “kitchen stadium” in front of a live audience. Throughout the show these challengers compete with the Iron Chefs in a race to create and cook the best meal of the evening with the “surprise special ingredient of the night”. If you haven’t had the opportunity to witness this unique show, then you’re in for a special night of dubbed, culinary entertainment.

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… a cross between World Wrestling
and Cooking with Julia Childs.
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For the first time in Iron Chef history, the ultimate chefs will battle each other when Food Network debuts the King of Iron Chefs Tournament every Saturday night at 10 PM ET/PT from April 5-May 3, 2003. The Tournament will be the consummate challenge for – Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto, Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai, Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi, and Iron Chef Italian Masahiko Kobe. Chairman Takeshi Kaga will preside as one-by-one, the chefs go head-to-head with exotic secret ingredients such as Tokyo X Pork (cross-bred black and white pigs) and Long Gang Chicken.

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KING OF IRON CHEFS TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL, 1st BATTLE
Premieres Saturday, April 5 at 10 PM ET/PT

The Tournament begins with Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi facing off against Iron Chef Italian Matsuhiko Kobe in an exciting battle of dueling culinary styles. With a secret ingredient of Tokyo X Pork (cross-bred black and white pigs), viewers will see the amazing dishes they create such as Parparadelle Meat Sauce and Szechwan Style Tom Polo. It’s Iron Chef vs. Iron Chef, but only one can win.

KING OF IRON CHEFS TOURNAMENT: SEMI-FINAL, 2nd BATTLE
Premieres Saturday, April 12 at 10 PM ET/PT

Viewers will witness the Battle Bell Pepper between Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto and Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai as they use their techniques and creativity to win bragging rights in the King of Iron Chefs Tournament. Dishes like Steamed Bell Pepper Custard and Bell Pepper Royale with Pike Eel, will put Kaga’s decision-making to the test, and it will all be done in front of the staff of each of the chefs’ restaurants.

KING OF IRON CHEFS TOURNAMENT: GRAND FINALE PARTS 1 & 2
Part 1 Premieres Saturday, April 19 at 10 PM ET/PT
Part 2 Premieres Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/PT

It’s down to the Grand Finale tournament between the last two Iron Chef contenders. One will be named the King of Iron Chefs, and dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Egg Mousse and Gratin au Chili Lobster for 21st Century will make it a long day in Kitchen Stadium!

KING OF IRON CHEFS TOURNAMENT: GRAND FINALE PART 3
Premieres Saturday, May 3 at 10 PM ET/PT

The Iron Chefs have just completed their first-ever tournament where they have competed against their toughest challengers yet – each other! As the Japanese revere French cooking, Chef Alain Passard returns to Kitchen Stadium as the world champion chef chosen to challenge the King of Iron Chefs. In the ultimate two part battle to the finish, Passard and the King must compete over Ron Kon Kai Chicken to see whose dishes will reign supreme on the world scale!

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