Iron Chef Morimoto's Smoked Asparagus Stick Salad was over-smoked and widely criticized by the judges. Chairman Kaga later named it as one of the three worst dishes ever in the 2000th dish episode.
Kaga offers the chefs two types of the theme ingredient: 200 stalks of white asparagus from France and 150 stalks of green asparagus from Japan. But, the choice is even more complicated as fat stalks are female and thin stalks are male.
Despite Kobe being included in the opening credits, he is not included as a choice for the challenger.
(the Iron Chef fries Foi Gras)
Fukui Kenji This'll really blow up your diet. (Everyone laughs) Ok, we're supposed to suspend our calorie count for the Iron Chef, agreed?
Hattori Yukio: OK.
The Fine Living Network's alternative production number for this episode is FLIRN-109.
This is Morimoto's first battle against a French cuisine specialist.