Following immense success in the 1990’s, Iron Chef was revived in Japan in 2012–and now those episodes are coming to the United States for the first time.
Episodes of the 2012 revival of Iron Chef will be broadcast weekly on the Cooking Channel, beginning with the premiere on Saturday, October 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of the Cooking Channel on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Cooking Channel is included in Philo’s 49-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. Additionally, if you sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, you’ll also get a coupon for half off your first month (billed after the trial).
Once signed up, you can watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay any show that has aired in the last three days.
Cooking Channel is included in either the “Sling Orange” plus “Lifestyle Extra” bundle or the “Sling Blue” plus “Lifestyle Extra” bundle. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of either, and you can then watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
PlayStation Vue offers four different channel packages, three of which (“Core”, “Elite” and “Ultra”) include the Cooking Channel. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial right here (you don’t need to have PlayStation to sign up), and you can then watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PlayStation Vue comes with cloud DVR.
The original Iron Chef aired in Japan between 1993 and 2002. It was a massive success, and its popularity spawned plenty of variations in the United States, such as Iron Chef USA (later Iron Chef America), Iron Chef Gauntlet and Iron Chef Showdown.
Japan then rebooted the series in 2012, and finally those episodes are making their way to the United States.
The episodes won’t all air in the same order they did in Japan. For example, the first Cooking Channel episode (October 6), which features “Iron Chef Yosuke Suga, defender of French cuisine, taking on challenger Yosuke Kawasaki, a Western-style chef, in an epic battle featuring a seemingly simple ingredient: chicken,” was actually the sixth episode during the original Japanese run.
Other battles during the season include Yosuke Suga vs Mitsuaki Okamura (theme ingredient: mushrooms), Jun Kurogi vs Katsuyasu Ito (Japanese lobster), Jun Kurogi vs Kazuhide Nose (cheese), Yuji Wakiya vs Noriyuki Hamada (beef), Yosuke Suga vs Hideki Irie (scallop) and Yosuke Suga vs Toshihiko Yoroizuka (strawberries).