Hiroyuki Sakai

Recent Role:

Iron Chef on Iron Chef America

Born:

4/2/1942, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

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  • Biography
  • Wanting to make sure he'd never be hungry. Sakai set out to be a chef and started his career at Shin Osaka Hotel. He soon grew tired of the feudal style of apprenticeship Japan was steeped in. So he travel alone to Perth Australia at only 19 years of age. After his tour at Hotel Oriental Sakai traveled back to Japan and worked three years at Ginza Shiki. While there he studied under Fujio Shio Saki's predecessor as to Japanese French chef. Sakai has worked all around Japan allowing him to master refined city styles of cooking and more relaxed country or home cooking styles. With work at Coco Palms of Aoyama and John Kanaya of Roppongi Sakai gained even more skill and prestige. Sakai went on to open his own restaurant La Rochelle in Aoyama where he works to this day.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Hiroyuki Sakai

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

    Also Known As

    Sakai, Delacroix of French cuisine, Sakai Hiroyuki, Iron Chef French, Hiroyuki, Chef Sakai

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Sakai: I'm showing you I can do both classical and new French dishes which is why I'm the Iron Chef. (Sakai sums up himself)

    • Sakai: Why does he have to send me his apprentice? Why not be man enough to do it himself? Anyone can talk big from the sidelines. (showing spirit against a challengers master)

    • Sakai: The fins are somewhat like conger eel, and the cheek meat has a good chewy texture and the liver is some what like fois gois. So it may look grotesque but it's quite sophisticated and mild. (stingray meat)

    • Sakai: Just as I thought it looks really good that's Ino San's big weapon. I knew they would make that today. (a key challengers cake)

    • Sakai: That's untrue It's impossible to create perfect French cuisine here by the book he's the one not thinking. (rebuke against a chef who criticized his cooking style)

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    Trivia (17)

    • Sakai's has tied once in battle during his time as an Iron Chef. The match was against Rolly Kennedy using rabbit as the main ingredient.

    • Sakai found himself out of his element in the Chinese Cabbage battle and lost to Yamaoka Hirosh.

    • Philippe Batton a French chef as well beat Sakai with the not so French ingredient bacon.

    • Belnare Lebrance and Pierre Ganiere in a surprise move defeated Sakai and Iron Chef Japanese Nakamura in the 1996 best of the best Iron Chef tournament.

    • Ota Tadamichi surprisingly defeated Sakai with Octopus. This was shocking due to Sakai being considered a seafood master.

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