EP8 "Bamboo Shoots"
The challenger is a stubborn chef descended from a long line of Tokyo dwellers; the Iron Chef has his hands full facing such a strong tradition.
Challenger Etsuo Joh, the god of sauces in classic French cuisine, takes on Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba.
Iron Chef Sakai faces a challenger known as "Mr. Gourmet"; Komine is a world-class vegetable chef who feels right at home with the secret ingredient.
EP21 "Battle Blue Crab"
In this battle of blue crab, challenger Akaboshi Sou -- a favorite cook of the royal family -- takes on Iron Chef Michiba.
Niigata Prefecture is known for its rice and sake; the challenger represents the indigenous style of Niigata; former Iron Chef Michiba speaks highly of the ryokan where the challenger is the chef.
From Arima Onsen comes the vice president of Japan's Chef Association, challenger Tadamichi Ota; Iron Chef Sakai tries to capture a victory in this battle of octopus.
EP11 "Pork Belly"
The younger sibling of the Liang brothers, rulers of Cantonese cuisine in Japan, faces Iron Chef Chinese.
Former Iron Chef Michiba decides that Morimoto needs some help finding his feet, so he recruits his No. 1 sous chef from his own days at Kitchen Stadium.
One chef slips in the battle of banana between Iron Chef Kobe and Hironobu Tsujiguchi.
Morimoto fights a traditionalist chef who fills his dishes with nostalgia.
EP6 "Spanish Mackerel"
The challenger is a master chef hailing from Kyoto; he has the support of former Iron Chef Michiba and Dr. Yatori as he hopes to take down the Iron Chef.
EP30 "Fatty Tuna"
Tasaki is a world champion sommelier who has always dreamed of becoming a famed chef; Chairman Kaga decides to grant him his wish.
EP22 "Battle Giant Eel"
Iron Chef Morimoto faces another traditionalist who is infamous for his temper, his steadfast discipline and his adherence to tradition.
EP1 "Battle Red Snapper"
Morimoto's debut as an Iron Chef brings a difficult challenger: Yukio Hirayama.
While Japanese cuisine tends to be tradition-bound, this challenger refuses to be bound by old rules; he respects the basics, but is always looking for new ways to expand.
EP5 "King Crab"
The Royal Park Hotel's grand chef Mitsuo Shimamura's last two proteges defeated the iron chefs; Iio is Shimamura's right-hand man and his strongest yet to enter Kitchen Stadium.
Chin vs. Hideki Maruyama in a sardine battle.
EP29 "Young Salmon"
Led by Tadamichi Ohta, the chef who defeated Sakai, the Ohta faction invades Kitchen Stadium to uphold traditional Japanese cuisine; Fuji is Team Ohta's first contender against Morimoto.
EP5 "Guinea Fowl"
Chef Sakai, known as Iron Chef French, has his hands full in this battle specially designed around Wedgwood china.
Iron Chef Chen stirs up his best yogurt presentation against challenger Junichi Ito.
EP41 "Shark Fin"
If Mitsuo Suganuma chooses to battle Iron Chef Chen, Chairman Kaga has no choice but to pick shark fin as the theme ingredient.
EP3 "Bell Pepper"
Iron Chef Kobe once again faces the challenge of a native Italian with other Italian chefs cheering the challenger on; the colorful bell pepper is the theme ingredient.
Chef Marco Molinari surprises everyone in this battle of porcini mushroom with Iron Chef Morimoto.
EP13 "Mishima Beef"
The challenger is a woman who knows what she likes; as an elite culinary critic, she trained at Le Cordon Bleu as well as Taillevent, an elite French restaurant in Paris.
Nagayama was brought in to revive the venerated Tokyo University restaurant Shochiku, and now he fights against an Iron Chef.
EP37 "Maitake Mushroom"
The challenger likes to follow one of the philosophies of Rosanjin: "never kill the natural flavor of the ingredient"; he is known as the prince of Japanese cuisine.
Iron Chef Morimoto engages challenger Masayoshi Kimura in this battle of rice.
EP16 "Kamo Eggplant"
Iron Chef Italian is challenged by a chef hailing from Kyoto who never ceases to pack his restaurant with customers.
EP18 "Battle Jinhua Pork"
Meiji Kinenkan is the oldest bridal hall in Japan undergoing an upgrade to celebrate its 50th anniversary, which includes the addition of a Chinese restaurant and its new grand chef.
EP7 "Pen Shell"
The challenger is a seafood expert who chooses and masterfully cooks gifts from the sea; he has apprenticed in the top kitchens of Japan.
Morimoto takes on Michael Noble in the battle of potato.
Toshiro Kandagawa is not happy with the results from the Ohta faction challengers so far -- two have tried to defeat Morimoto and both have failed.
EP10 "Chinese Cabbage"
Specializing in Chinese imperial cuisine, Tsui Yu Fun challenges Iron Chef Chen's Szechuan-style cooking in the battle of Chinese cabbage.
EP23 "Battle Peach"
The challenger in this battle of peach is Masanobu Watabe, owner of Le Rameau d'Or in Yokohama, Japan; Watabe runs the entire 22-seat restaurant by himself.
Iron Chef Chen engages challenger Lian Su Qin using konnyaku, a unique Japanese healthy food.
Iron Chef Sakai's opponent in this battle is from the third generation of a family famous for exploring the world in search of prime ingredients to incorporate into unique recipes.
The challenger is the first pizza expert to enter Kitchen Stadium; he tries to create a pizza with squid.
Natto, a Japanese delicacy, is the ingredient of battle for Iron Chef Morimoto and Tatsutoshi Kumamoto.
The first female challenger at Kitchen Stadium, 26-year-old Kagata defeated Iron Chef Chen; years later, she returns to fight Chen again with milk-fed veal.
EP2 "Girls' Festival"
In honor of the Girls' Festival, Kaga invites a challenger from the ancient city of Kamakura, Motohito Kondo, who was trained in Kyoto and is an expert in both tea and sake.
Iron Chef Chen takes on Ryozo Asao, the heir to a French restaurant dynasty, with sturgeon, a kind of fish known for its caviar.
Kitchen Stadium fills with the scent of the sea when challenger Tamotsu Takao, a French restaurant specialist, takes on Iron Chef Sakai.
EP36 "Shanghai Cabbage"
When it comes to bok choy, Iron Chef Chen is there to defend his honor against Hisao Yaginuma.
For the Christmas Day battle, the contender is the successor of Alain Chapel, a successful three-star restaurant owner.
Today's challenger is endorsed by Tenmei Kanoh, a photographer and frequent "Iron Chef" judge; this French-trained chef takes the route of using local ingredients in his dishes.
EP24 "Battle Carp"
Chen's challenger is a man who masters Chaozhou-style Chinese cuisine, an exacting style that is actually able to please the sensitive tastes of customers in Kyoto.
The challenger is one of the few Mexican food specialists in Tokyo; a Latin duel at Kitchen Stadium.
Kensuke Sakai vs. Kobe.
American chef Ron Seigel challenges Iron Chef Sakai in this battle of lobster.