ironnut77: Giving a shout in the hope of sparking some more activity on here. Thank you Man Alive! for continuing to keep this forum on the Web, despite the shadows of the past activity. As I posted elsewhere, ICJ is not dead yet!
Mar 8, 2018 10:06:06 GMT -5
Post by tetsujin070561 on Oct 11, 2018 14:57:12 GMT -5
By gosh, you're right. Thanks for posting about this; it's hard to believe it's been a quarter-century since Battle Salmon (the first one). I suppose the best way to celebrate would be to view an episode.
Post by okonomiyagi on Oct 21, 2018 21:14:17 GMT -5
This show changed my life. Before I watched the show, I was not a very adventurous eater. This Asian-American rarely saw Asian faces on television (maybe once a year on Jeopardy! but little else).
Then I saw an eel battle after having watched the show for a while, and the next time I went to a Japanese restaurant, I decided to order it, despite only ever seen eel on the show. And I freaking loved it.
This went on with other ingredients as well. Mushrooms. Bell peppers (of course). Anything spicy. Tuna. Salmon. Yellowtail. Uni. Foie gras. If it was on the menu, and if I had seen it on the show, I had to try it.
And as if that wasn't enough, I started picking up small words and phrases in Japanese, enough to spark an interest in learning the language, which I finally did formally a couple of years ago. I made my first trip to Japan not long after that. And while I didn't get to eat at one of the Iron Chefs' restaurants (I admired Michiba's restaurant in Ginza from the sign on the first floor), it only made me hungry for more.
So it's with an open heart, and an empty stomach, that I say a very profound どうもありがとうございました to Iron Chef. Without this show, I'd still be eating the same boring meals every day, and would be a lot poorer for it.