I Can’t Believe it’s on YouTube! Iron Chef Piglet Battle
Story: A wealthy man created “Kitchen Stadium” where culinary gladiators cook to the death within a 60 minute time limit.
Why You Should Watch It: One-hour time limit. Secret theme ingredient. The music. The incredible translations and commentary (“hee hee, it feels round in my mouth. Mmmm I like this, yes.”) The summoning of the Iron Chefs and the way they ascend into Kitchen Stadium. And of course, Chairman Kaga. (It’s always “Chairman Kaga”, never simply “Kaga”): his hair, bejeweled vest, black gloves… the way he takes a big bite out of that bell pepper. Oh, the spectacle of it all, what’s not to love?!
I’ve never seen a battle that didn’t give me the shakes. The tension reaches absolute critical levels. Not only do I get incredibly hungry watching the show; I get goose bumps, caught up in the mythology of it all.
But THIS episode. The PIGLET BATTLE… after a very uncharacteristic Iron Chef losing streak, Chairman Kaga is so ashamed of his Chefs, he refuses to host the battle. This is UNPRECEDENTED. In this episode, he lurks behind stage, hoping his Iron Chef Chen Kenichi will prevail with a win and restore the honor on Kitchen Stadium. Chen goes head-to-head in a 60-minute battle: cooking, roasting, sautéing, boiling, punishing those piglets into succulent submission. Only one Chef can win. Will it be the Italian, Spano Stelvio or Iron Chef Chen?
Go where the stakes are high, and the steaks are delicious. Watch this 1990s Japanese cooking television show “Ryōri no Tetsujin”, known in more colloquial (and English) terms as IRON CHEF. Where? On YouTube of course! Can you believe that shit?
Written by: Mich Medvedoff