By David Russell
Before there was Master Chef, there was Iron Chef, and the most formidable Iron Chef of them all was Hiroyuki Sakai. The show became a world-wide phenomenon, and Iron Chef French, as he was known, had more wins than any other.
To foodies, Sakai is a God, and next week he’ll be in Adelaide cooking for guests at an event hosted by Japanese restaurant Ginza Mikayo to raise money for Opportunity Australia.
‘Sakai in SA’ will take place on 13 and 14 October from 6pm at the Adelaide Casino and will include a 7-course degustation dinner cooked by Sakai and a host of other high profile and award winning chefs, including fellow Iron Chef regulars Chef Ikuei Arakane and Chef Mark Normoyle, as well as Executive Pastry Chef Pierrick Boyer from Le Petit Gateau and Head Chef Kazuki Ushiro from Ginza Miyako.
This dinner will incorporate premium South Australian produce and be matched with wines presented by Sommelier Masahiko Iga.
Event host Johnny Yung told Inside South Australia Sakai in SA was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be cooked for by the legendary chef.
“This spectacular culinary event will also showcase South Australian produce and wine which we as South Australians are very proud of,” he said.
“Opportunity Australia (is) a charity that provides healthcare and education to the most needy people… we hope (the event) helps raise awareness that if we help people where we can our world will be different.”
Unfortunately Johnny’s staying tight-lipped about what Sakai will be cooking, but in true Iron Chef style is willing to share the key ingredients; caviar, lobster and abalone.
Sakai will cook one entree and one main course on the night, as well as presenting a cooking demonstration for guests.
For tickets visit ginzamiyako.com.au/sakaiinsa/
The Adelaide Casino is a Brand South Australia member.