It is known for it's over-the-top drama.
In the original Iron Chef Japanese, Chairman Kaga tries his best to pronounce "allez cuisine" to begin battle, but says what sounds more like "ALAKAZAM!" The producers of the show either never noticed, or found it hilarious and never informed him. (the best episode is the original Foie Gras episode...trust me)
The friendly announcer "Fukui-San" is often called upon by the floor reporter "Ohtah" in a very high pitched, hurried and excited voice sounding more like "SQUEEZE-ON!"
If you watch the show often you'll notice that both the challengers and the Iron Chefs say "I'll do my best" a lot! Also the panel judges will say "WHAAT???!!" and "ooohhhhhhh!" numerous times throughout the show.
during the tasting, the panel will often point out that the food is in their mouths.
"It looks to me like he's making some sort of noodle out of those crab brains." --Fukui-San
"WHHAATTTTT?! NOODLES?!!!" -- female panel member
"ohhh this black truffle, foie-gras, crab brain, fish eyeball stew is just so good in my mouth!" -- panel member
Also, special once-a-year episodes are still being produced. The Morimoto/Bobby Flay battle in New York City is a prime example.
Second Iron Chef Japanese: Komei Nakamura
Third Iron Chef Japanese: Masaharu Morimoto
Original Iron Chef French: Yutake Ishinabe
Second Iron Chef French: Hiroyuki Sakai
Iron Chef Italian: Masahiko Kobe
Iron Chef Chinese: Kenichi Chin ("Chen Kenichi" is the result of horrible dubbing, in case you're wondering about that)
A person who can craft delicious meals using only a slab of pork, a can of beer, a skillet, and only 20 minutes.
Guy: "I actually do some Iron Chef stuff myself."
Girl: "You cook!?"
Guy: "Sure. Let's go back to my place and I'll show you."