Kyoto Kichisen’s Chef Tanigawa Defeating Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef

Iron Chef: Battle Pike Eel and the Man Who Carries the Future of Kyoto Cuisine on His Shoulders
Iron Chef: Battle Pike Eel and the Man Who Carries the Future of Kyoto Cuisine on His Shoulders
Here is the English dubbed episode of Battle Pike Eel (hamo, 鱧 はも) on YouTube.

Despite the gross unfairness of Iron Chef and host Takeshi Kaga to challengers, Yoshimi Tanigawa soundly defeated Masaharu Morimoto, former executive chef of Nobu, in a clean sweep!

“…(Chef Tanigawa) is said to be trying to change the over-decorative trend in recent Kyoto cuisine and working hard to revive the sophisticated style of true Kyoto cuisine with a 1000 year tradition. Chef Tanigawa carries the future of Kyoto cuisine on his shoulders.” (Iron Chef introduction)

Yoshimi Tanigawa it the owner and head chef of Kichisen, one of Kyoto’s most respected kaiseki restaurants. Kichisen is one of the few restaurants in present-day Japan that has an itamae dojo, or training program for apprentice chefs to learn the full spectrum of Kyoto culinary culture and authentic kaiseki cuisine. The course is 15 years long.

Yoshimi Tanigawa on Iron Chef

Iron Chef – Battle Pike Eel (1 of 5)

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUsAkkCvJZU

Iron Chef – Battle Pike Eel (2 of 5)

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToFhpBJfm0o

Iron Chef – Battle Pike Eel (3 of 5)

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX082fHEKYE

Iron Chef – Battle Pike Eel (4 of 5)

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvEu4O80GkE

Iron Chef – Battle Pike Eel (5 of 5)

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XFVbFG2S0Y

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5 Responses to “Kyoto Kichisen’s Chef Tanigawa Defeating Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef”

  1. […] here. Chef Tanigawa defeated Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef in the Battle Pike Eel, English video here. Kyoto Summer Favorite – Hamo Pike Eel Shabu-shabu Hamo Pike Eel Shabu-shabu – Swish Hamo Pike Eel […]

  2. […] have thought to) wish for. I am quite sure that there is no one else like him in Kyoto. He not only defeated Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef, he beat him in a clean sweep. Yet, Chef Tanigawa is very down to earth and very accessible, open […]

  3. a b c says:

    Sorry, I don’t understand about the “gross unfairness of Iron Chef and host Takeshi Kaga to challengers”. I know nothing of behind the scenes Iron Chef, but this seems like a rather brazen comment with no justification. Could you please elaborate? In all fairness, if I recall correctly, on Iron Chef the theme ingredient is always something the challenger is familiar with. For example, hamo for a chef who specializes in Kyoto cuisine.

  4. Rick says:

    a b c:
    I really can’t remember when I was first seduced by the Iron Chef. I know that the English translations dubbed by Bill Bickard (as floor commentator Fukui) were great. The number of Ryōri no Tetsujin who won was WAY out of proportion to the normal distribution curve. Nonetheless, the show has fascinated this 54 year-old foodie for at least a decade. (And, in my first post to the Kyoto Foodie – let me say how much I’ve enjoyed your blog for years. Robert Donovan of the Pork & Whisky Blog (languishing, as he follows his photographic muse) gave me the link.)

    As I understand the competition in both the original Fuji TV and in the American version, the chefs are told that one of five potential ingredients will be the chairman’s choice and they can prepare themselves for the competition.

    Sakai only faced one American chef who won in a seafood/fish battle: Ron Siegel, then of Charles Nob Hill in San Francisco, defeated Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai in Battle Lobster. Somehow Chen Kenichi won a battle yoghurt (China is *not* known for cooking with dairy products).

    Chef Morimoto has an excellent (albeit, costly) restaurant in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/ and, NYC, Napa, Ca and Mumbai…etc.

  5. […] Chef Yoshimi Tanigawa is known, among other things, for being the man who beat the Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (on the original Japanese Iron Chef series).  He also runs a beautiful […]

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