Masaharu Morimoto
Masaharu Morimoto
is a Japanese chef, best known as an Iron Chef on the Japanese TV cooking show Iron Chef and its spinoff, Iron Chef America. He is also known for his unique style of presenting food. Morimoto received practical training in sushi and traditional Kaiseki cuisine in Hiroshima, and opened his own restaurant in that city in 1980. Influenced by Western cooking styles, he decided to sell his restaurant in 1985 to travel around the United States.
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Kerry Alaric Cheeseboro Reveals the True Heart and Soul of New York City Food
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Food! Photos! People! Love! Eating with our eyes, mouths, hearts, minds, and souls..." Kerry Alaric Cheeseboro The irony is not lost on me that one of America's most cherished foods is embedded in his surname -- which, incidentally, affords his persona an added measure of flavor! As 2015 draws to a close, many of us who have resided in or around New York City for more than a generation are quick to righteously bemoan the gentrification, homogenization, over-commercialization, and consequent purification of our beloved five boroughs, which has accelerated rather significantly in the 21st Century as economic inequality soars and technology becomes increasingly pervasive and distracting. The residual effects stretch nationwide -- what happens in New York City happens to America -- from your bank account to your dinner table. However we New Yorkers are also quick to cherish the "cracks" in our for-better-or-for-worse metropolis, because, as Leonard Cohen -- the Canadian trouba ...
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Food & Wine Festival Celebrates 20 Years
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I prepared to fail at my diet this year, and I failed spectacularly. I employed one of my close friends to help me to get in shape for my foodie weekend. Eventually, I shed a few pounds that I regained at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Food & Wine now taking place at Walt Disney World thru November 16, is Santaland for foodies like myself. For these few weeks, world-renowned chefs, food critics, and celebrities alike take over Walt Disney World, and are just as popular as Disney's first couple, Mickey and Minnie. (On that note, I totally screamed like a schoolgirl when I bumped into Chicago's own Chef Art Smith at Party for the Senses, opening night of the festival.) 7 Places to Wreck Your Diet Like a Boss This year, I explored a few restaurants outside of the festival as well. I've compiled a shortlist of my seven favorite eateries, so you too, can wreck your diet like a boss. BREAKFAST Trattoria al Forno (Adults would love this) ...
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Eat Like a Horse: LuckyRice Festival Rings in Chinese New Year With Asian Cuisine & Cocktails in NYC
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's not like New Yorkers need a special occasion to seek out amazing Chinese food. Being hungry is as legit a reason as any to schlep to Chinatown, Flushing, or any one of umpteen hot spots for the most unknown underground, authentic, outré, plain old tastiest Chinese food available in the five boroughs and beyond. But if you actually feel like you need an excuse to eat the stuff, there's no occasion more festive than the Chinese Lunar New Year. Danielle Chang, the founder of the LuckyRice festival, a celebration of Asian cuisine in all its myriad forms, has figured it out as well. Throughout its five-year history, LuckyRice has launched in NYC in early May, a lovely time of year to be sure. And really, there's no bad time to eat Asian food. But this year, LuckyRice is launching its season of education-through-ingestion just as the Lunar New Year kicks off -- on Tuesday, to be precise -- at China Blue, the new temple of Shanghainese gastronomy which opened in Tribeca in Decem ...
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‘Top Chef’ episodes to reveal winner on Maui, with help from Hawaii chefs
The Business Journals - about 3 years
Hawaii chefs and restaurant owners will help to decide the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” as guest judges on the two-episode season 11 finale, which was filmed on Maui in October. Chef Peter Merriman, owner of Merriman’s Kapalua on Maui, and Chef Sam Choy, owner of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai on the Big Island will be guest judges on the Jan. 29 episode, which will send only two chefs to the finale. In this episode, the chefs will cook with Spam, a local favorite. Chef Masaharu Morimoto, owner…
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Flavor! Napa Valley: A Celebration of Food, Wine & Fun
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
To purchase tickets for the annual extravaganza and for the full schedule of events, go to http://flavornapa valley.com. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot will teach the fine art of creating award-winning Cade wines in the Napa Valley's first LEED-certified estate winery. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20. $100. Chef-owner Tyler Rodde leads a hands-on lesson about preparing an authentic pasta lunch, combining Old World traditions with Napa Valley ingredients. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20. $100. Salute to Cakebread Cellars, Domaine Chandon, Grgich Hills Estate, Louis M. Martini and Robert Mondavi Winery with food from guest chefs Roy Choi, Todd English, Larry Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto and Richard Reddington. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $325. Andrea Robinson, a leading wine educator and one of only 18 women Master Sommelier, leads a blind tasting competition where participants taste and attempt to identify world-class Napa wines. 2-4 p.m. Nov. 22. $100. Master sommelier Larry Stone and Rutherford winemakers t ...
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Masaharu Morimoto’s Tribeca Canvas Is Closing
NYTimes - over 3 years
The restaurant will reopen with a new name, new menu and new partners.     
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INVITE OF THE WEEK /
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Richmond/Ermet AIDS FoundationBroadway & Beyond is the theme for Help Is on the Way XIX, a benefit cabaret featuring performances by Maureen McGovern, Spencer Day, S.F. Gay Men's Chorus, Alex Newell, Carole Cooke, Jim Bailey, Paula West and others in support of local AIDS/HIV organizations. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Sonoma Valley Education FoundationThe Red & White Ball features an outdoor cocktail reception, Sonoma-style barbecue dinner and dancing with Dave Martin's House Party Band in support of Sonoma schools. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Fund the FutureThe Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction gala, Sonoma Samba, is a Brazilian-themed fundraiser featuring a wine and culinary reception created by top toques, a live auction and post-auction party that raises funds for this literacy and reading comprehension program presented by Kaiser Permanente for Sonoma County elementary schoolchildren. 12:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Archbishop Riordan High SchoolLucky '13: A Labor of Love Alumni Revival is an evening of song ...
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Regina Varolli: Highlights From the Savory Side of the International Chefs Congress
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress wrapped up with a panel discussion that headlined with Mario Batali. Probably the best quote of the high-energy, three-day Congress was when Batali said, "The first day that a chef thinks he knows everything is the first day he becomes an asshole for the rest of his life." Mario Batali, Melissa Clark, and Italy's indomitable Davide Scabin of Combal.Zero (Regina Varolli) Returning to the ICC for a command performance on the main stage was Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Rolling out a 235 pound farm-raised Kindai Bluefin Tuna, Morimoto carved it up expertly, while discussing the topic of sustainable seafood. Talking simultaneously with a Japanese fish monger while he carved the fish, Morimoto spoke of how 10 years ago, the Japanese resisted buying farmed tuna, but today they have come to appreciate that its flavor and texture are equal, and now they no longer shun the sustainable version. Indeed, the price has grown to be e ...
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Chef Rob Feenie celebrates Thanksgiving with family-friendly cookbook
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
He was the first Canadian to win on the heart-thumping Iron Chef America, defeating stone-faced Masaharu Morimoto, yet ask award-winning chef and author Rob Feenie what truly grounds him: his family.
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Rachel Tepper: My Family's Sushi Obsession
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Before anyone had ever heard of Masaharu Morimoto and before ready-made California rolls became a ubiquitous presence in every supermarket in America, my parents were discovering sushi for themselves. To a young couple in the 1980s, raw fish was the pinnacle of exotic fare. It was also the first thing they'd fallen in love with together -- neither would have summoned the courage to try something so foreign alone, but as a pair they bolstered a shared sort of confidence. So began their affair with sushi. Their story has been repeated and embellished over the years, but the basic premise goes like this: They find a sushi restaurant. They strike up a conversation with the sushi chef. They return one Friday, the Friday after that, and the Friday after that. The chef begins anticipating their arrival. On one Friday there is already a generous spread set out for them. In every version, the tale always ends with this bit from my mother: The waiters would watch us, they'd wai ...
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Chefs Wolfgang Puck, Masaharu Morimoto talk airport food [VIDEO]
LATimes - over 4 years
The evolution of airport food continues, from stale burgers in the past to today's higher-end offerings from Spago founder Wolfgang Puck and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
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Matt Damon Does The Activity He 'Sucks' At For Charity
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- Ming Tsai, Mario Batali, Marc Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto and ... Matt Damon? It's an unlikely culinary cast that teamed Tuesday night to raise money for families struggling to pay their bills as they care for children fighting cancer. Damon donned a white chef's coat for sous chef duties under Ming in the center of a hotel ballroom to prepare hors d'oeuvres ahead of a sit-down meal hosted by the Family Reach Foundation, a nonprofit the actor learned of through his brother, Kyle. Cancer is close to their hearts. Since 2010, their dad has been battling multiple myeloma, a cancer that begins in plasma cells of bone barrow. "My dad did very well in his life," the Academy Award winner said. "He's retired and he doesn't have to worry about any of this, but you know, it's enough to worry about the cancer without actually thinking about taking on all these other ancillary issues. It's really a lot to handle." In addition to the "M" chefs, Floyd Cardo ...
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Regina Varolli: International Chefs Congress Returns to NYC
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The always innovative StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress (ICC) is returning to New York City for the seventh year on September 30 until October 2, bringing with it some of the most talented chefs, coolest kitchen equipment and tastiest products from across the globe. Running concurrently with the ICC is the third annual International Pastry Competition hosted by Johnny Iuzzini, and the third annual "Somm Slam," a wine-tasting competition hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer. 2011 Pastry Competition Winner Ramon Perez, Perez will be a judge at the 2012 Competition (Courtesy StarChefs.com) New to the ICC this year is EAT@ICC, a collection of food carts from top chefs as well as three pop-up restaurants. Chefs Katsuya Fukushima, Jordan Kahn and Matt Lightner team up with Jade Range and Meat & Livestock Australia to bring a savory pop-up offering three courses, and Chefs Dominique Ansel and Michael Laiskonis will each have a pastry pop-up. Chefs with foo ...
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Video Interlude: Morimoto Threw the Opening Pitch at a Phillies Game
Eater - almost 5 years
Here is Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto throwing the opening pitch at a Mets/Phillies game in Philadelphia this week. He doesn't do a very good job (apparently) and neither did the Phillies: they lost 7-4. Perhaps Morimoto should stick to sushi and Iron Cheffing? In any case, here is the video. He doesn't seem too cut up about his pitching skills. Video: Morimoto Throws the Opening Pitch at a Phillies Game · Iron Chef Morimoto Shows Phillies He Can Really Wing It [The Post Game] · All Morimoto Coverage on Eater [-E-] [Photo: David M Warren / Philly.com]
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Morimoto Napa
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is known for his artful sushi. Yet it turns out he makes a pretty mean tuna pizza as well, the sashimi-grade fish splayed on a crispy tortilla scattered with olives and jalapenos and...
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Stephanie Keller: All-Star Chefs Bring Their Shows and Skills to Life at Austin Food & Wine Festival
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Over the weekend, the first Austin Food & Wine Festival breezed through town, bringing with it a myriad of cooking demos, all-star chefs, parties, and flavors from the world over. With a lineup of talent like Masaharu Morimoto, Gail Simmons, Marcus Samuelsson, Andrew Zimmern, Michelle Bernstein, Tyson Cole and, of course, Top Chef Texas winner Paul Qui, it was like the cooking shows came to life in the heart of downtown Austin. For the festival Auditorium Shores was outfitted with 10 big white tasting and stage tents and, despite some pushback from Mother Nature via wind and dust, the conditions were sunny and pleasant. The majority of the day was a schedule packed with demos from the star chefs on informative topics like how to perfectly gut a fish and plate sashimi with Morimoto, master wine 101 basics with Ray Isle, create divine tapas with Michelle Bernstein, bake a transcendent cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie with Christina Tosi and grill a steak to per ...
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Austin Food & Wine: The first ever Austin Food &...
Eater - almost 5 years
The first ever Austin Food & Wine Festival was this weekend, and chefs both local and national made appearance (and tacos). Eater Austin has Hangover Observations featuring Uchiko's Paul Qui, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Congress's David Bull, Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods and more. [Eater Austin]
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Masaharu Morimoto
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 56
    As of December 2012, Morimoto's win/loss/tie record on Iron Chef America is 25–14–1, and his total combined record for both Iron Chef series is 41–21–2.
    More Details Hide Details Morimoto opened a restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort & Club in late 2008. He has spent time there ensuring a successful launch of the restaurant. In The Next Iron Chef, Iron Chef Morimoto has made several appearances as a guest judge. In the 1999, Masaharu Morimoto and Rokusaburo Michiba went to Indonesia appears on Resep Oke Rudy which broadcast by RCTI and it was Sponsored by Tabloid Wanita Indonesia
  • 2010
    Age 54
    In the 2010 season of Hell's Kitchen, Iron Chef Morimoto made an appearance on the show teaching the contestants how to make sushi.
    More Details Hide Details The contestants then had to replicate his dish. In Season 8 of Top Chef, Iron Chef Morimoto was the Guest Judge. Each finalist had to make a "Last Supper" for one of the judges. Finalist Antonia Lofaso prepared a traditional Japanese meal for Morimoto, consisting of miso soup and a sashimi bento. Morimoto has made guest appearances as himself on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, which is filmed on location in Hawaii. He made his first appearance in the season 1 episode "Ma Ke Kahakai". In April 2011, Morimoto sang at the Thousand Hearts Benefit for Japanese earthquake relief in California.
    In July 2010, he opened a Napa Valley location.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2010, a Waikiki, Hawaii, location. In October 2013, Morimoto opened the Asian fusion restaurant Bisutoro in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. In September 2015, Morimoto opened the Pan-Asian restaurant Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World in Florida. In April 2016, Morimoto opened the restaurant Momosan Ramen & Sake on Lexington Ave. in New York City. Morimoto's official win/loss/tie record on Iron Chef is 16-7-1.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    In 2007, Morimoto's third year at Iron Chef America, he published his first cookbook, Morimoto: The Art of New Japanese Cooking.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 43
    He would become known as the Iron Chef whose dishes always seemed to come out of left field—a famous example is his Bell Pepper Sushi in a sushi battle in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He would usually have a bottle of Coca-Cola to drink while cooking on the show; on one occasion he combined it with natto to fashion a dessert dish. Morimoto competed in the first sushi battle in Kitchen Stadium on June 18, 1999, against challenger Keiji Nakazawa. There were five theme ingredients for the battle: tuna, eggs, Kohada (Japanese Gizzard Shad), Anago, and Kanpyō. Both chefs were given time before the battle to properly prepare the sushi rice (sushi-meshi). Morimoto defeated Nakazawa. Morimoto is also memorable for being the target of Tadamichi Ohta, a vice-chairman of the Japanese Culinary Association and head of the notorious "Ohta Faction" of Japanese chefs, themselves noted for targeting all the Japanese Iron Chefs starting with Michiba. The Ohta faction lost three battles with Chef Morimoto before finally winning one when challenger Seiya Masahara defeated Morimoto in the anglerfish battle. The Ohta faction was not happy with just one win, however, and they sent in challenger Yusuke Yamashita, a sake specialist, to battle Morimoto. At that time, Morimoto had lost two straight battles and no Iron Chef had ever lost three in a row. The theme ingredient for that battle was cod roe and the battle ended in a tie. The overtime theme ingredient was scallions and Morimoto was able to defeat Yamashita in a 3–1 decision.
    While at Nobu he got his start on the Iron Chef television show. Several months after the weekly run of Iron Chef ended in 1999, he left Nobu, eventually opening his own Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He now has a Morimoto restaurant in Chelsea in New York City. For this New York City restaurant it has architecturally exposed concrete, a signature element of Tadao Ando’s work, is dramatically visible in a series. Alongside Tadao Ando and collaboration with Goto Design Group, the structural engineers who took on this project was Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Mr. Morimoto also has restaurants in Mumbai and New Delhi, called "Wasabi" and another Morimoto in Boca Raton, Florida. He also partnered with businessmen Paul Ardaji, Jr., and Paul Ardaji, Sr., through Ardaji Restaurant Ventures, LLC in an Asian bistro venture called Pauli Moto's. According to news account, the relationship between the Ardajis and the Iron Chef broke down when the Ardajis could not come up with the promised $3.3 million necessary to continue the partnership. Morimoto also owns Morimoto XEX in Tokyo that has a Teppanyaki and a sushi floor. Morimoto XEX received a Michelin star in the 2008 Tokyo Michelin Guide. Morimoto currently appears as an Iron Chef in Iron Chef America, a spinoff from the original Japanese Iron Chef series. Chef Morimoto has also developed a line of specialty beers in collaboration with Rogue Ales of Newport, Oregon, consisting of the Imperial Pilsner, Soba Ale, and Black Obi Soba Ale.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 29
    Influenced by Western cooking styles, he decided to sell his restaurant in 1985 to travel around the United States.
    More Details Hide Details His travels further influenced his fusion style of cuisine. He established himself in New York City and worked in some of Manhattan's prestigious restaurants, including the dining area for Sony Corporation's executive staff and visiting VIPs, the Sony Club, where he was executive chef, and at the exclusive Japanese restaurant Nobu, where he was head chef.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    Morimoto received practical training in sushi and traditional Kaiseki cuisine in Hiroshima, and opened his own restaurant in that city in 1980.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on May 26, 1955.
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