Iron Chef Japan

Season 1 Episode 7

Bamboo Shoot Battle

Aired Daily 11:00 PM May 01, 1998 on Fine Living



  • Trivia

    • When Morimoto brings U.S. dollar bills folded in origami shapes, it is revealed that while the competitors did not know the secret ingredient, they did have advance warning about the Boys' Festival theme.

    • An altar is set up in the middle of kitchen stadium. It celebrates "boys' festival" and contains a replica of a samurai's armor.

    • Because of the long cooking time of bamboo shoots, the competitors are given 60 "pre-boiled" stalks and 6 raw from Kyoto.

    • The challenger was a professional bowler before joining his family's business and becoming a chef.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The Fine Living Network's alternative production number for this episode is FLIRN-107.

    • Kandigawa, head of a faction determined to destroy neo-Japanese cooking, makes a cameo appearance. He will become integral to some match-ups later in the series' run. He even comments on Morimoto's cooking skill.

    • Because the US has no holiday similar to Boys' festival, Morimoto is tested. He eventually tells Ota that his inspiration will be "his boss, Robert De Niro's boy." Actor Robert De Niro has starred in numerous hit films and is part owner of Morimoto's New York restaurant.

    • In this episode, the Iron Chef is preset. The challenger does not have a "surprise pick." This sets up traditional versus neo-Japanese cooking and the comparison of the chefs as "samurai warriors."

    • This episode is also known as "Boys' Festival," a festival for young warriors.

  • Allusions

    • Ryugo Hashi: Iron Chef...G.I. Joe

      G.I. Joe was a popular toy soldier. The toy went on to be a popular cartoon and comic book series. G.I. Joe is also seen as an American icon.

    • Fukui Kenji: Always full of Forest Gump's momma said, "You never know what you're going to get" with Iron Chef Morimoto.

      Forest Gump was a 1994 award winning movie starring Tom Hanks as a mentally challenged man whose life was full of surprises.