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** Another victim of this is Hiromi Nagasaku, who had a culinary degree during her guest appearances on the show (something pointed out by Fukui and the other guest judges on each of her appearances), but is otherwise treated as just another ditzy female celebrity by the dub.

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** Another victim Two other victims of this is were Hiromi Nagasaku, who Nagasaku and Chizuru Azusa. Nagasaku had a culinary degree during her guest appearances on the show (something pointed out by Fukui and the other guest judges on each of her appearances), appearances); Azuma had less formal training but had written several cookbooks. Each is otherwise treated as just another ditzy female celebrity by the dub. dub.


Hence the basic concept for ''Ryōri no Tetsujin'' ("Ironmen of Cooking"), better known as ''Iron Chef''. The classic format is this: The challenger would select which of the iron chefs they wanted to compete against, the theme ingredient is announced, the challenger and the Iron Chef are given one hour to create a full meal -- between three and five courses, usually, ''all'' of which have to use the theme ingredient in some way. A panel of tasters then judge and rate the dishes served, and the points they give are tallied up at the end to decide "whose cuisine reigns supreme."

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Hence the basic concept for ''Ryōri no Tetsujin'' ("Ironmen of Cooking"), better known as ''Iron Chef''. The classic format is this: The challenger would select which of the iron chefs they that challenger wanted to compete against, the theme ingredient is announced, the challenger and the Iron Chef are given one hour to create a full meal -- between three and five courses, usually, ''all'' of which have to use the theme ingredient in some way. A panel of tasters then judge and rate the dishes served, and the points they give are tallied up at the end to decide "whose cuisine reigns supreme."

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* TastesBetterThanItLooks: A few episodes in both versions feature questionable-looking dishes that actually taste good. The Japanese series had an ice cream episode with the crab ice cream described as "not at all fishy and surprisingly good". Chefs had, over a number of episodes, attempted some kind of fish ice cream, which the tasting panel hated. Finally, Stephanie Izard, challenged with yellowfin tuna, dared make an ice cream with it, and she finally pulled off a fish ice cream that worked. The American show had beer sherbet in the Battle Oktoberfest (featuring Bavarian ingredients). The caramelized bacon on top of the ice cream threw people off, but the judges loved it.


** WorkingWithTheEx: Guarnaschelli also said about Zakarian, "We were married, briefly, for about 10 minutes. It went badly." When she was his sous-chef it was joked she was his "better half."

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** WorkingWithTheEx: Guarnaschelli also said about Zakarian, "We were married, briefly, for about 10 minutes. It went badly." When she was his sous-chef sous-chef, it was joked she was his "better half."


There are four other spinoffs, an Israeli version (''Krav Sakinim'', literally, "[[BadassIsraeli Knife Fight]]"), a UK version (''Iron Chef UK''), an Australian version (''Iron Chef Australia''),[[note]]It even flew in Mark Dacasos to chair! Which makes it easier to add to the greater {{Kayfabe}} of ''Iron Chef America''[[/note]] ''Iron Chef Thailand'', ''Iron Chef Vietnam'', and most recently, ''Iron Chef Indonesia''.

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There are four other spinoffs, several further spinoffs: an Israeli version (''Krav Sakinim'', literally, "[[BadassIsraeli Knife Fight]]"), a UK version (''Iron Chef UK''), an Australian version (''Iron Chef Australia''),[[note]]It even flew in Mark Dacasos to chair! Which makes it easier to add to the greater {{Kayfabe}} of ''Iron Chef America''[[/note]] ''Iron Chef Thailand'', ''Iron Chef Vietnam'', and most recently, ''Iron Chef Indonesia''.


Believe it or not, it returned for a short time in Japan. The remake premiered on October 26th, 2012, and ran for 13 episodes and one special. [[http://orendsrange.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/hiroshi-tamaki-is-iron-chefs-new.html#.UHy4TW_A9N9 Hiroshi Tamaki]] of live action ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' fame was the new Chairman; former challenger Yuji Wakiya returned as Iron Chef Chinese; the two newcomers were Yosuke Suga as Iron Chef French and Jun Kurogi as Iron Chef Japanese; and the fourth Iron Chef was never announced (the show was canceled before they could name one).

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Believe it or not, it returned for a short time in Japan. The remake premiered on October 26th, 2012, and ran for 13 episodes and one special. [[http://orendsrange.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/hiroshi-tamaki-is-iron-chefs-new.html#.UHy4TW_A9N9 Hiroshi Tamaki]] of live action ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' fame was the new Chairman; former challenger Yuji Wakiya returned as Iron Chef Chinese; the two newcomers were Yosuke Suga as Iron Chef French and Jun Kurogi as Iron Chef Japanese; and the fourth Iron Chef was never announced (the show was canceled before they could name one).
one). This version premiered in the US on the Cooking Channel in 2018.

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* IWorkAlone: In the original Iron Chef, challenger Masanobu Watabe took on Sakai by himself in the Peach Battle. Sakai eventually decides to send his assistants away minutes into the battle.


** Others: Club des Trentes for Sakai, Serie A for Kobe (which was amusingly re-named 'The Big Leaguers' for the American dub... which confused Canadians, as Italian soccer has aired here for decades and everyone knows full well what Serie A is.)

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** Others: Club des Trentes for Sakai, Heichinrou for Chen, the Ohta Faction for Morimoto, Serie A for Kobe (which was amusingly re-named 'The Big Leaguers' for the American dub... which confused Canadians, as Italian soccer has aired here for decades and everyone knows full well what Serie A is.))
** Perhaps the first example of this trope was Shu Tomitoku, who took two tries to beat Michiba early on in the show's run.


** Kandagawa's final appearance, in the 21st Century Battles special, had him unleash an entire quiver of long knives, including a brand-new one he'd bought specially for the occasion.



** Also, for the first five episodes, there was a preliminary battle. Five challengers each had to make a theme DISH (i.e., the first one was gyoza), and were judged by that day's tasting panel. The winner of the preliminary battle went on to battle the Iron Chef.

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** Also, for the first five episodes, there was a preliminary battle. Five challengers each had to make a theme DISH (i.e., the ''dish'' (the first one was gyoza), gyoza, for example), and were judged by that day's tasting panel. The winner of the preliminary battle went on to battle the Iron Chef.



** Averted with Chairman Kaga, who was subtitled for most of the run, as there were complaints over the original VA.

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** Averted with Chairman Kaga, who was subtitled for most of the run, as there were complaints over the original VA. (They wound up having to go back and dub his voice for some of the old episodes, because the original narration played over music that the foreign distributors couldn't retain the rights to.)
* ImportantHaircut: Toshiro Kandagawa, in his final appearance, demonstrated his renewed commitment to neo-traditional cuisine by committing to a brand-new look; he entered Kitchen Stadium in traditional clothes and a hood -- and when Chairman Kaga asked him to explain the hood, he whipped it off dramatically to reveal [[BaldOfAwesome he'd shaved his head]].



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Usually happens to the Chinese chefs, especially between how the Japanese render it, how the original subtitlers of the West Coast broadcasts spell it, how the Food Network dubbers spell it, and how the translator of the book spells it. Even Chen was subject to this: Sometimes his last name was rendered as 'Chin'.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Usually happens to the Chinese chefs, especially between how the Japanese render it, how the original subtitlers of the West Coast broadcasts spell it, how the Food Network dubbers spell it, and how the translator of the book spells it. Even Chen was subject to this: Sometimes his last name was rendered as 'Chin'.'Chin', which, to be fair, is how the Japanese pronounce it.

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* DubInducedPlotHole: In the dub of a [[https://youtu.be/GwI2yEmMUsM?t=31m35s sea urchin battle]], Ohta asks Chen during the post-battle interview about using a torch, to which Chen's (dubbed) reply is wanting to look like Morimoto. Thing is, this was a Michiba-era episode...which meant Morimoto wouldn't have been Iron Chef for another three years.

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** The cooking time for the very first episode only was 90 minutes instead of the customary 60.

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* {{Kayfabe}}: It varies between series, but there is a bit of this involved when watching this show. Deep down, everyone knows that the Chairmen are just actors. Doesn't stop everyone from treating them as the {{Eccentric Millionaire}}s they play though.

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After a three-year hiatus after the end of the 2014 season, Iron Chef returned to American television as ''Iron Chef Showdown,'' with a slightly retooled format, tested during Summer 2017 as ''Iron Chef Gauntlet,'' itself a re-tool of Food Network's ''The Next Iron Chef.'' ''Iron Chef Showdown'' is a two-round competition: A 30-minute appetizer round in which two chefs compete for the right to face an Iron Chef, judged solely by host Alton Brown; the second round is the traditional 60-minute competition to produce a 4-to-6 course meal.


* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Poor Anne Burrell in season 4 of ''The Next Iron Chef''. She used her advantage from winning the last challenge to rate Chef Zakarian's dish lowest so he'd be in the bottom 2, but unfortunately ''she'' also ended up there, and wound up losing to him in a cookoff. Alex Guarnaschelli even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope by saying that it was very [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Poor Anne Burrell in season Season 4 of ''The Next Iron Chef''. She used her advantage from winning the last challenge to rate Chef Zakarian's dish lowest so he'd be in the bottom 2, but unfortunately ''she'' also ended up there, and wound up losing to him in a cookoff. Alex Guarnaschelli even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope by saying that it was very [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]].



* InterserviceRivalry: Invoked in the 'Military Grill Battle', with each of three Iron Chef assigned a sous-chef from a different branch: Morimoto and a Marine, Symon and an Army cook, and Cora and a Navy Culinary Specialist[[note]]For the reason he's called a "culinary specialist", see UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks.[[/note]] The ingredient is 'ahi tuna, which is fitting given that it takes place at a Marine base in Hawaii.

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* InterserviceRivalry: Invoked in the 'Military Grill Battle', with each of three Iron Chef assigned a sous-chef from a different branch: Morimoto and a Marine, Symon and an Army cook, and Cora and a Navy Culinary Specialist[[note]]For Specialist.[[note]]For the reason he's called a "culinary specialist", see UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks.[[/note]] The ingredient is 'ahi tuna, which is fitting given that it takes place at a Marine base in Hawaii.



* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The season four finale of ''Next Iron Chef'' came down to Geoffrey Zakarian (the technician) and Elizabeth Faulkner (the performer), and the finale of ''Redemption" came down to Alex Guarneschelli (the technician) and Amanda Freitag (the performer). In both cases, technique trumped performance.
** The season two finale between Jose Garces (technician) and Jehangir Mehta (performer) had the judges [[DiscussedTrope discussing this trope]]. While discussing Mehta's amateur mistake, Iron Chef Michael Symon stated that "You can't be creative without having the fundamentals down." As with the previous two examples, the technician won.
** Season 3 Finale had Marco Canora (technician) vs Marc Forgione (performer). For once the performer won.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The season four Season 4 finale of ''Next Iron Chef'' came down to Geoffrey Zakarian (the technician) and Elizabeth Faulkner (the performer), and the finale of ''Redemption" came down to Alex Guarneschelli (the technician) and Amanda Freitag (the performer). In both cases, technique trumped performance.
** The season two Season 2 finale between Jose Garces (technician) and Jehangir Mehta (performer) had the judges [[DiscussedTrope discussing this trope]]. While discussing Mehta's amateur mistake, Iron Chef Michael Symon stated that "You can't be creative without having the fundamentals down." As with the previous two examples, the technician won.
** Season 3 Finale finale had Marco Canora (technician) vs Marc Forgione (performer). For once the performer won.


Hence the basic concept for ''Ryouri no Tetsujin'' ("Ironmen of Cooking"), better known as ''Iron Chef''. The classic format is this: The challenger would select which of the iron chefs they wanted to compete against, the theme ingredient is announced, the challenger and the Iron Chef are given one hour to create a full meal -- between three and five courses, usually, ''all'' of which have to use the theme ingredient in some way. A panel of tasters then judge and rate the dishes served, and the points they give are tallied up at the end to decide "whose cuisine reigns supreme."

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Hence the basic concept for ''Ryouri ''Ryōri no Tetsujin'' ("Ironmen of Cooking"), better known as ''Iron Chef''. The classic format is this: The challenger would select which of the iron chefs they wanted to compete against, the theme ingredient is announced, the challenger and the Iron Chef are given one hour to create a full meal -- between three and five courses, usually, ''all'' of which have to use the theme ingredient in some way. A panel of tasters then judge and rate the dishes served, and the points they give are tallied up at the end to decide "whose cuisine reigns supreme."

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