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Black Pork Battle - Sakai vs. Makio
Date Added: Jul 22, 2008 06:57 PM
Description: Hiroyuki Sakai is preparing to celebrate his 40th anniversary as a chef. He is starting to wonder how much longer he will be a world-class chef. The day before the battle, he disappeared.

He returned home to Kagoshima. He made a visit to the family grave for the first time in 3 years. He then stopped by a farm and ate a potato straight out of the ground, stirring memories of his schoolboy days. On the way back to town, Sakai runs into his old school friend, who wishes to arrange an informal reunion with old classmates. To show his appreciation, Sakai cooks for his friends.

The challenger was a classmate of Sakai. In fact, they were on the same train leaving town as young men. They recognized each other on the train, but they got off at different stations. the challenger apprenticed at top hotels across the country. He now heads the kitchen of Sun Rural Ogata Hotel in Akita. This battle marks the first time the men have seen each other since that day on the train 40 years ago.

Sakai fans should really enjoy this episode.
Judges: Shinichiro Kurimoto, Yoko Akino (Actress), Toshio Shiba (Actor), Kazuko Hosoki (Fortune Teller)
Iron Chef Wiki Page:
Iron Chef: Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai
Theme Ingredient: Black Pork
Challenger: Isao Makio
O. A.: 6/25/1999
Language: English
Last Download: May 22, 2017 10:36 PM
Downloads: 3954
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Posted By: lajola
Posted On: Jul 22, 2008 09:20 PM

Thank you so much for the continuous updates and additions! :)

Posted By: tuthead
Posted On: Jul 23, 2008 07:43 PM
Watch Video Link Fixed

The Watch Video link pulled up the wrong episode. It has been fixed.

Posted By: 3Tigers
Posted On: Jul 21, 2009 08:36 PM

This was delightful. Thanks for uploading!

Posted By: Ripplin
Posted On: Nov 06, 2012 09:48 PM
Careful! Teacher is watching!

Very good episode, with a fun back story beforehand. Small thing, but I thought it was really cool when he was peeling those potatoes right there on the farm. How?! They must be different than other potatoes I've seen, including red soil potatoes from P.E.I. ;) Both did very well. I bet it smelled grrrrrreat in there. A shame we didn't get to see the tasting for Sakai's ice cream. They often skip dessert, unfortunately. All in all, definitely a must see for Sakai fans and fun for everyone else too, of course. :)

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