Iron Chef All Stars 2017 A Once in a Lifetime Event

Last week saw the reunion of four icons of culinary television at the Sydney Opera House for Iron Chef All Stars 2017. This once-in- a-lifetime event saw Rokusaburo Michiba, Hiroyuki Sakai, Kenichi Chen, and Masahiko Kobe from the original Japanese Iron Chef cooking show, together with 2-Star Michelin Chef Kentaro Chen and Asia’s top pastry chef, Janice Wong, preparing an exclusive six- course meal for 270 guests. Each course was a fine display of each chef’s individual specialties and talents, which certainly lived up to their illustrious reputation as some of the world’s best masters of culinary delights.

As the official sponsor for the event, Asian Inspirations was present at the event to go behind the scenes and bring you an insight into the inspiration behind each of their dishes.

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Rokusaburo Michiba – Iron Chef Japanese

Bored by the traditional ways of Japanese cooking, and driven to find new ways to delight and amaze his customers, Rokusaburo Michiba broke the mould and set about exploring different ingredients and techniques for his culinary works. His unconventional take on Japanese cuisine would later earn him the reputation as “the rebel of the culinary […]

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Hiroyuki Sakai – Iron Chef French

Despite Hiroyuki Sakai’s reputation as one of Japan’s top chefs in French cuisine, the 75-year-old veteran chef isn’t making dishes just to impress the connoisseurs of fine dining. Instead, Sakai believes that rather than trying to satisfy everyone, he prefers to cultivate a warmer and friendlier atmosphere in his establishments. Always jovial in his appearance, […]

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Kenichi Chen – Iron Chef Chinese

Unlike his fellow Iron Chefs in Iron Chef All Stars 2017, Kenichi Chen’s culinary training came from his father, the late Kenmin Chin, an acclaimed ethnic Han Chinese chef who was credited with bringing Sichuan cuisine into Japan. However an absence of formal training doesn’t mean for a lack of culinary skill. Nicknamed “The Sichuan […]

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Masahiko Kobe – Iron Chef Italian

Best known as the youngest chef to have competed on Iron Chef, Masahiko Kobe doesn’t have an extensive repertoire on the show. The 47-year old chef only appeared as the newly appointed Iron Chef Italian in 1997, four years after the show’s debut, and stayed on till the show’s end two years later, only participating […]

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Kentaro Chen – 2-Star Michelin Chef

While carrying on the family trade isn’t unheard of, it isn’t very often that a family lineage raises not two, but three successive generations of chefs who has risen to prominence on their own merit. Kentaro Chen is the son of Iron Chef Chinese Kenichi Chen “The Sichuan Sage”, and grandson of Kenmin Chin. While […]

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Janice Wong – Asia’s #1 Pastry Chef

Can food be art? Can it stir the soul as much as fill a stomach? Janice Wong’s works certainly might give one a pause for thought. Although the 33-year old is a graduate in economics from the National University of Singapore, Wong followed her interest in culinary arts, taking a three-month stint at the famed […]

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Experience Japan

While Iron Chef All Stars 2017 was an exclusive event which showcased the best of Japanese cuisine, Sydneysiders also had a chance to see what five of Japan’s 47 prefectures has to offer at the Experience Japan 2017 fair. Held in conjunction with Iron Chef All Stars at the Sydney Opera House, the fair showcased […]

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A Night to Remember

Ever since its debut on Japanese television 24 years ago, till its end in 1999, the Iron Chef television cooking show had become a global phenomenon, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture, cooking shows in particular. For one night only, Iron Chef All Stars 2017 gave guests an unforgettable six-course meal prepared by four […]

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Behind the Scenes – People

Although Iron Chef All Stars 2017 was about the headlining reunion of the four celebrity chefs from the Japanese TV show, the event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Iron Chef advisory team. EXECUTIVE CHEF – HAL YAMASHITA Chef Haruyuki  Yamashita  grew up in the city at a time that allowed entry […]

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Special Thanks

While any one of the four Iron Chefs could have easily cooked up a meal fit for a king in their spare time, the headlining chefs took the opportunity in their busy schedule to visit Sydney’s vibrant dining scene and have a taste of what Australia’s capital had to offer. As a Japanese courtesy, Asian […]

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