By Rock Mayock 9:00 a.m. | The incomparable Iron Chef French, Hiroyuki Sakai. Iron Chef Sakai was hand picked by Chairman Kaga when previous Iron Chef French Yutaka Ishinabe retired in 1994. Sakai went on to achieve the third best winning percentage of all of the Iron Chefs with a 70-15-1 record (81.4%) and later won the coveted King of Iron Chefs championship.
Iron Chef Sakai is both a culinary and fashion forward genius. The hallmark of his cooking style is his dedication to the presentation of his delicate French inspired dishes. His entrance to the Iron Chef Kitchen Stadium always included him clutching a nashi (Japanese) pear. His charm and outgoing personality earned Iron Chef Sakai the reputation of being quite the ladies man. Apparently soufflés weren’t the only thing he was popping in the oven.
Aside from his role on Iron Chef, Sakai owned and operated his own restaurant, La Rochelle, in Shibuya (it’s a Tokyo neighborhood for those of you who have not been to Japan). The now 70 year old Sakai closed the doors to La Rochelle in 2011, presumably to enjoy the fruits of retirement.
Congratulations goes to Paulie Walnuts for not only naming the mustache but adding a very clever comment. Kudos my friend. Due to his ongoing search for Jaboner Jackson in the jungles of Brazil, please give Cousin Felipe a week or two to touch base with you regarding your prize.
This Sunday we will present the next opportunity to name a famous body part for a marginally fabulous prize. In the mean time, here is an Iron Chef Sakai clip.