Iron Chef Japan

Season 1 Episode 12

Mishima Beef Battle

Aired Daily 11:00 PM Jun 05, 1998 on Fine Living



  • Trivia

    • The secret ingredient, Mishima beef, is raised on a small island off of Japan. Only 20 heads were available this season. It's also called the best Kobe beef in the world. Each head cost 12,000 dollars a piece, so the amount of beef is limited for the battle (fillet, sirloin, ribs).

    • Although four Iron Chefs are shown in the opening credits, the challenger is only given the choice between three of the Iron Chefs. Iron Chef Italian is not introduced by Kaga for her to choose.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Fukui Kenji: Where's the Mishima Beef?

      This refers to a famous 80's ad campaign for Wendy's fast food hamburgers. Elderly actress, Clara Peller, would stare at competitor's burgers and ask, "Where's the beef?" The saying quickly caught on and became a marketing sensation.