This made my day. I love my foodie shows, but Iron Chef was always more about the campness than the cooking.
Not that I ever really liked the US version that much - I miss hearing "Fukui-san!" and seeing Chairman Kaga's lascivious manner of eating things, as demonstrated below:
Btw, many of you may not know that in the original series of Iron Chef USA, the Chairman role was actually played by William Shatner! Which, to be honest, is who you want for the ridiculous "I take cuisine so seriously" campness that you want in a Chairman.
Unfortunately that series was killed off after only 2 episodes in 2001, until it was resuscitated in 2004 as Iron Chef America, with Mark Dacascos as Chairman.