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Mar 2, 2014 11:12 AM

Iron Chef Tour

Hi everyone,
I'm going to Japan in April and have been a huge fan of the Iron Chef series, so my inner child desperately wants to go to their restaurants and to hopefully meet them (if they're still working, that is!).

The two chefs I really want to meet most are Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Chen Kenichi. I know that some people have been served by Sakai at La Rochelle and Chen Kenichi at one of his restaurants, but can anyone give me advice as to which restaurant they're currently working at and if there's a way to make reservations during a time when they're working?

I don't mind if the food isn't that great or if the food is pricey, I just want to meet my favourite Iron Chefs, so any advice would be great. Thank you so much!

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  1. I've eaten at Chef Kenichi"s Shisen Hanten restaurants in Akasaka,Tokyo and Hakata, Kyushu. Both great meals but no personal appearance. You might want to have the concierge at your hotel call to make reservations asking about the chefs appearances. Right now he and his son are opening a restaurant in Singapore. They do do public demonstrations at department stores and events that you may be able to attend. The key would be a Japanese language enquiry.