|Key people||Kunio Ichinose (founder)|
|Products||Steak, chicken, carbonated and other beverages|
Pepper Lunch (ペッパーランチ Peppā-ranchi ) is a "fast-steak" restaurant franchise popular in the Tokyo area. There are over 200 restaurants in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, Vietnam, and the Philippines, as well as one branch in the United States.
Pepper Lunch is a subsidiary of Pepper Food Service Co., Ltd. The restaurant's international operations are managed by Suntory F&B International. All of Pepper Lunch's branches serve Pepsi beverage products (as PepsiCo is a business partner of Suntory) except in Philippine branches, which serve Coca-Cola products in their beverage line.
Pepper Lunch was created in 1994 by chef and inventor Kunio Ichinose, who wanted to serve quality fast food without hiring a chef. He devised a method using hot metal plates that are heated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 Celsius) by an electromagnetic cooker. The raw meat with vegetables and/or rice are then placed on the plates, where they cook in front of the customer. The meat can be eaten rare or well done, depending on the customer's preference. The meal is then mixed with a choice of either the special honey brown sauce (Amakuchi) or garlic soy sauce (Karakuchi).
E. coli O157 poisoning
In September 2009, all branches in Japan temporarily closed after 38 customers of age from 2 to 81 suffered from food poisoning. The cause was E. coli O157 poisoning, which spread throughout 19 stores among 14 prefectures in Japan. A supplier of diced beefsteak was ordered to recall the E. coli-affected product.
- Pepper Food Service Co., Ltd. Homepage
- Suntory F&B International Homepage
- Pepper Lunch - About Us
- "All 187 Pepper Lunch restaurants closed after food poisoning". Japan Today. Monday 07 September, 02:44 PM JST. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
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- Corporate homepage (Japanese)
- Pepper Lunch Malaysia Website (English)
- Pepper Lunch Singapore Website (English)
- Pepper Lunch Philippines Website (English)
Pepper Lunch references