Unrivaled amongst cooking-competition programmes, the original Iron Chef from Japan.
Highlights of the opening credits include 0:54 through 1:03, when the intrepid challengers are seen making their entrances. Especially fearsome is the ORIENTAL (ORIENTAL!) guy with the overbite — sounds familiar! — coming on the scene at 1:00; whenever we get introduced somewhere and have to walk into it, we want to look like THAT GUY. Awesome. Also good is the group celebration from 1:12 through 1:18.
As for the resident Iron Chefs, Sakai & Morimoto had too much testosterone & ego involved. Italian Chef Kobe was hapless. The proper balance of technique, spirit and humility could be found in only one Iron Chef: Iron Chef Chinese, Chen Kenichi. You look at Chen Kenichi and look into his eyes and you can tell he is a soulful character. Compare soulful Chen Kenichi’s eyes with those of those who are not so soulful, such as Vlado Putin, Stephen Miller, Stephen Mnuchin, Javanka etc. See if you can spot the difference. Chen Kenichi #1 always for his spirit, humility and soulfulness. Thank you.
Fast Final-Furlong Phantasms
Turf Paradise 5
The WRD 2
Turf Paradise 4
*-morning-line faves only, including those bumped-up to morning-line-favorite status after accounting for raceday scratches and changes, which are current as of 1:39 p.m. EST; no-go if race switches surface or if any part of coupled-entry scratches; all times UTC-0800
†-raceday scratches & changes unavailable at press-time
YESTERDAY’s Fine Finishes‡
Oaklawn 2, 7
Turf Paradise 7
‡-High-Octane Chancers doin’ it exclusively with All-In-One V6 and its LifeLiner Speed Column analysis and LifeLiner Spread Column analysis, without regard to operational definitions of faves or freakazoids; thank you!
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