Yutaka Ishinabe

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Yutaka Ishinabe
Born (1948-02-07) February 7, 1948 (age 71)
Yokohama, Japan
Culinary career
Cooking styleFrench cuisine

Yutaka Ishinabe (石鍋 裕, Ishinabe Yutaka, born February 7, 1948 in Yokohama, Japan) was the first French chef in the Japanese cooking show Iron Chef.[1] He appeared from the first episode in 1993, sporting a green outfit while holding a bell pepper. Over the years, he has earned the nickname of "The Artist" for being creative with all his approaches to food. He has the highest winning percentage of any of the Iron Chefs due mainly to the fact that he fought only 8 battles: he won 7 and lost 1.[2] He is the only Iron Chef never to tie.

Ishinabe ended his Iron Chef career at the end of 1993 due to the stressful nature of the show, the one-hour time limit, and the judges with his last battle being against Jacques Borie (which he lost). However, he remained involved with the series, competing in one battle as an Iron Chef during the convalescence of Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba and assisting Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai as part of the French team in the "2000th Dish" Special. He also was a guest commentator and judge on several occasions, most notably when regular commentator Dr. Yukio Hattori competed in a battle.

After appearing on Iron Chef, Ishinabe opened a chain of restaurants called "Queen Alice". He lives in Paris, France.

Memorable Battle[edit]

  • Jacques Borie, A French chef who works in L'osler in Tokyo, and is the only person to defeat Yutaka Ishinabe, doing so with only a single dish to Ishinabe's two. The theme ingredient was chicken. This was also notable as Chairman Kaga accidentally revealed the theme ingredient in his introductory speech, saying the word chicken instead of kitchen. He followed up on this error by declaring the theme ingredient to be kitchens before correcting himself. This was also the only of Ishinabe's battles that was shown in America when Food Network aired the original series.
Preceded by
Iron Chef French
October 10, 1993 - December 19, 1993
Succeeded by
Hiroyuki Sakai


  1. ^ Satterwhite, Robb (2005). Tokyo. Marshall Cavendish. p. 192. ISBN 978-981-232-919-6. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  2. ^ Williamson, Doug (11 August 2008). "The Iron Chef can't win them all". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 8 January 2011.