ICYMI, Iron Chef is one of the most intense cooking shows to ever air on television. Dramatic? Us? Never. If you’ve somehow missed the fast-paced, gourmet event that is Iron Chef, here’s a super speedy catch up for you: the show’s title literally translates to “Ironmen of Cooking” so, these chefs know their shit. The format is simple, a top-tier chef faces off against one of the Iron Chefs in a stadium style arena (that’s Kitchen Stadium to you!) and must cook a delicious three-course meal against a chef of their choosing. There are three Iron Chefs who each specialise in a different cuisine, meaning opponents can pick a chef who best matches their skillset—so you know this competition is tight.
Feeling caught up yet? Good! Because these very same Iron Chefs (who have left a trail of lesser skilled chefs in their wake, no less) are coming to Sydney to do it all again. Except this time, there's no competition—only plates of delicious food delivered right to your table. We’re talking about Iron Chef All Stars, of course. AKA, the tastiest culinary event, since, well…ever?
The Sydney Opera House will play host to the chefs as they prepare a full course dinner designed and prepared by the Iron Chefs themselves. For Iron Chef buffs, this is a huge deal. But, if you just really like good food, you should probably care too.
The four original Iron Chefs, Rokusaburo Michiba (Japanese cuisine master), Hiroyuki Sakai (French cuisine master), Kenichi Chen (Chinese cuisine master), and Masahiko Kobe (Italian cuisine master) will be joined by two-Michelin-starred chef Kentaro Chen, and Janice Wong (also known as Asia’s top pastry chef) to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experience for 480 guests. NBD.
But what's on the menu? Glad you asked. For course one, Iron Chef Japanese (Rokusaburo Michiba) will be preparing a traditional Japanese "owan mono" with truffle, scampi, groper, and sea urchin roe. Then, for course two, Kentaro Chen will plate up Ehime Iyokan infused Sichuan spiced Australian lobster with Mastuyama fried tofu. Next up is Iron Chef French (Hiroyuki Sakai)'s third course of trio of duck with roast breast, confit leg and terrine, served with coffee sauce and Okinawa shikuwasa. The penultimate main is Kenichi Chen's dish: Shinsen Hanten style slow cooked abalone with iyo no miso and abalone liver sauce. Lastly, Iron Chef Italian (Masahiko Kobe) will be serving braised Robbins Island Wagyu beef with shia-kogen miso pumpkin puree. And then, it's dessert time, baby. Janice Wong's sixth course is the illusively titled Cacao Forest, with petit fours of traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi) by traditional Japanese sweets master, Junichi Mitsubori. Psst, all dishes come served with matching wines, Kirin Ichiban, and sake (Dassai Niwari Sanbu Sake, no less, which Obama himself has sipped on with Japanese Prime Minister)—the choice is yours.
So, to what do we owe this pleasure? The event is raising much-needed funds for Opportunity Australia – the charity which provides small loans to families in developing countries to give them the ability to start a business, earn an income, and leave poverty behind.
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When: 2nd August
Where: Sydney Opera House
Tickets: Get yours here
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