But my faves were the three of Sakai, Kenichi and Michiba, with Morimoto very close there. He is however by far my favorite of the American competition chefs. I also like how he now has a grey/silver style outfit similar to his original one for the Japanese version. Differences are no hat and no set of red/white and blue style ribbons on the back.
Then again - I miss watching this version and the Galloping Gourmet on the network. They've updated it so much to challenges and cooking shows of modern day we can't have fun and reminisce about the overindulgent pageantry of the original "Iron Chef" and especially the host in that one, nor Graham Kerr having more bloopers in his cooking show than they had on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes."