Apparently -- miracle of miracles -- an American broadcasting company LISTENED to its audience, LEARNED from its mistakes, and FIXED them. THIS version of Iron Chef is worthy of its predecessor -- slightly less flamboyant, no less serious, and just as mouthwatering. They keep the mythology alive, with the new "Chairman" being explained as the nephew of Chairman Kaga, establishing his own stadium here in America. Alton Brown is the PERFECT choice for narrator, and did the job well indeed.
And dear GOD I want some of ALL those dishes.