Cooking shows may sound lame, but when you're young and bored certain things catch your eye. Iron Chef caught mine. The dubbing is hilarious and great, the camera angles are over-dramatic and the Iron Chef battles beautifully executed.
They show you everything from the secret ingredient ( if it's a live animal it will be killed on camera ) to the words of the Iron Chef as he cooks and all the methods. These men (and women) are true geniuses. They have no idea what the secret ingredient will be, they are given it and they must come up with a new dish from the top of their head.
During all this they have to make the presentation nice and the dish original as well as great tasting. An incredible burden on the Chefs and when they win you feel a sense of joy for them especially during the much tearful wins of certain emotional chefs like Sakai or Morimoto