Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai sees Order of Agricultural Merit by France as his greatest achievement

Hiroyuki Sakai is best known as Iron Chef French in the Japanese television cooking series, Iron Chef.
Hiroyuki Sakai is best known as Iron Chef French in the Japanese television cooking series, Iron Chef. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SINGAPORE - Chef Hiroyuki Sakai is most famous for being Iron Chef French, who lasted nine seasons on the Japanese TV cooking show Iron Chef and beat French chef Alain Passard, then considered the world's top chef, in the finale in 1999.

But the 76-year-old Kagoshima-born chef, who specialises in kaiseki-inspired French cuisine, does not see it as his greatest achievement. Instead, that would be receiving the Chevalier de l'ordre du Merite Agricole (Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit) from the French government in 2005.

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