Chuuka Ichiban! ran a total of 23 episodes between 1997-1998. Mao
(Mayumi Tanaka) is the son of the so-called "Fairy of Cuisine." He wants
to become a legendary chef himself, but he knows that to do so he has
to travel to China and learn secret cooking techniques. He has large
shoes to fill, considering whom his mother was. Masami Anno, who is well
known for working on Bleach and Time Boken, directed this anime.
Cooking Master Boy, as it is sometimes called, features music by ZARD,
DEEN and Maki Ohguro.