The theme ingredient is sea urchin roe from Iwate Prefecture. The actual urchins on the stage are purple sea urchins. The already prepared roe is all natural and preservative free.
While Iron Chef Kobe is mentioned in the opening credits, he is not one of the Chefs the Challenger has the option of choosing. The Chairman only introduces three Iron chefs.
Nina Zagat: I thought the show was terrific. You know we've been on many food shows, and this was really so much more fun because there was a lot of suspense built in. The set is fabulous. And, I think it was very exciting, and we were very happy to be here.
The Fine Living Network's alternative production number for this episode is FLIRN-165.