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Who is the best Iron chef ever?

ukjason Mar 12, 2013 03:34 PM

I would have to say Masaharu Morimoto and for my number two pick Geoffrey Zakarian.

who do you choose?

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    drewkal Mar 20, 2013 07:41 PM

    Iron Chef America: Batali (ex) and Flay.
    Original Japanese: Sakai and Morimoto

    I read Mario left because he was tired of his food being judged by "actresses" and others who knew nothing about fine cuisine.

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      Puffin3 Mar 19, 2013 09:03 AM

      I have a problem with Morimoto. When he and Rob Feenie were getting 'briefed' about the so-called 'secret ingredient' (crab) in the days leading up to the taping Rob tried a couple of times to approach Morimoto just to shake his hand and say 'Hi'. Morimoto had instructed his handler/s not to allow Rob near him. Morimoto, after he lost to Rod, refused to acknowledge Rob away from the cameras. He was just plain rude.
      IMO Morimoto is a far far better chef than Rob was/is but rudeness in a man I do not care for.

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      1. re: Puffin3
        ukjason Mar 19, 2013 01:56 PM

        How do you know this information

      2. EWSflash Mar 16, 2013 07:43 PM

        I also think Sakai was beyond fabulous in the original series. I will also say the Flay does a really, really good job on ICA, as does Michael Symon.

        1. EWSflash Mar 16, 2013 07:26 PM

          I call a tie between Masaharu Morimoto and Mario Batali. That's for Iron Chef America.

          1. ritabwh Mar 16, 2013 11:49 AM

            iron chef sakai

            1. ChefJune Mar 13, 2013 10:46 AM

              Hiroyuki Sakai, followed closely by Chen Kenichi. None of the chefs on the American show even come close, imho.

              1. arashall Mar 13, 2013 05:25 AM

                Another vote for Sakai. I wish I could still get the old Japanese shows. I don't even bother to watch the US one anymore.

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                  sgogo Mar 18, 2013 06:30 PM

                  Get yourself over to ye olde youtube. There's a fair collection. Never had an interest in the US version after a few hundred midnight viewings of IC Japan in university. Was that really over 10 yrs ago?? I keep waiting for it to come back.

                  And, of course, Sakai.

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                    nikkihwood Mar 18, 2013 09:08 PM

                    It has - lucky Japanese viewers.


                    Hopefully some enterprising American will arrange for translation and production here. Soon.

                    Chen Kinichi, for me. My close runner-up is Morimoto.

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                  Kontxesi Mar 13, 2013 04:42 AM

                  Morimoto is by far my favorite. Michael Simon would be my second pick.

                  I haven't seen the Japanese version, so I guess I'm a little limited in my options.

                  1. pinehurst Mar 13, 2013 03:57 AM

                    1) Batali
                    2) Morimoto/Sakai (tie)

                    1. vanderb Mar 13, 2013 03:46 AM

                      Chen Kenichi as well, the battle yoghurt was the pinacle of his talent. Never tasted or experienced yoghurt in his life and managed an oustanding set of dishes... and the win.

                      1. MacshashRIP Mar 13, 2013 02:55 AM

                        you are all wrong.....it's Chen Kenichi

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                          Puffin3 Mar 18, 2013 07:33 AM

                          Any of the original chefs from the original show. Chen and Sakai would be my top choices too. Imagine eating the dishes they prepared years ago when they were at the top of their form. Now I'm going to watch 'Eat Drink Man Woman'. Talk about 'food porn'.

                        2. Njchicaa Mar 13, 2013 02:35 AM

                          Morimoto is the best IMO. My favorite one to watch has always been Mario Batali but Morimoto is just freaking amazing.

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                            wattacetti Mar 13, 2013 01:26 AM

                            1. Rokusaburo Michiba
                            2. Hiroyuki Sakai

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                              Jeanne Mar 13, 2013 01:23 AM

                              1. Morimoto
                              2. Bobby Flay
                              3. Michael Simon

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                                tardigrade Mar 12, 2013 08:00 PM

                                Sakai, no argument. Although I have a soft spot for Chen Kenichi, all his dishes look like glop. I liked Nakamoto, but I don't think any of his episodes made it to Food Network.

                                Of the new ones, Morimoto, hands down. Flay has grown a lot, but IMHO he's still pedestrian. Batalli's my runner-up. I loathe the one who giggles so much I can't remember his name.

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                                  cellophane_star Mar 13, 2013 01:04 PM

                                  Michael Symon.

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                                  alfairfax Mar 12, 2013 04:55 PM

                                  Hiroyuki Sakai, from the original Japanese show. Iron Chef Sakai was so far ahead of those on the US version it is no contest. I loved it when a local SF Asian station carried it (sub-titles, before the Food Network hilarious dubbing) and I think every iteration of it has been downhill since. Ahhh, the good old days.

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                                    justicenow Mar 12, 2013 03:48 PM

                                    I suspect Chef Morimoto will run away with this thread.
                                    He came up first in my thinking. After some thought, I am going to say Bobby Flay. He has shown tremendous variety away from southwest/spicy/bar-b-que roots. His fish presentations have been tremendous. Battle barramundi is a good example.

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