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Iron Chef Sakai of Japan to Prepare Gourmet Dinner in Los Angeles



      Iron Chef Sakai of Japan to Prepare Gourmet Dinner in Los Angeles

Dinner to benefit the Japan America Society of Southern California

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Iron Chef Sakai LIVE, a dinner
experience featuring a multi-course gourmet meal prepared by Japan's most
famous chef, Hiroyuki Sakai, better  known as "Iron Chef Sakai," will take
place at the InterContinental LA Century City at Beverly Hills, 2151 Avenue of
the Stars, Los Angeles, Calif., on Sat., Dec. 8, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.  Iron Chef
Sakai will prepare three courses of the gourmet dinner and the
InterContinental's executive chef, Jonathan Wood, will work side-by-side with
Iron Chef Sakai to prepare two additional courses.  Master Pastry Chef Orlando
Maldonado will collaborate with Iron Chef Sakai to create the dinner's
dessert.  Tickets are limited to 230 and the cost is $450.  The dinner event
is presented by Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. and the InterContinental LA Century
City at Beverly Hills.  American Airlines is serving as the event's official
airline sponsor.  Proceeds will benefit the Japan America Society of Southern
California, an organization established to build meaningful relationships
between Japanese and Americans.

"We are thrilled to bring Iron Chef Sakai to Los Angeles," says Tomo Mizutani,
president of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.  "We feel this is an outstanding way to
foster relationships between Japanese and Americans, as well as express our
appreciation to the region that has welcomed our business and our products."

Iron Chef is a popular television cooking show produced in Japan by Fuji
Television Network, Inc.  "Iron Chef Sakai LIVE" will be Fuji Television's
first-ever official Iron Chef event outside of Japan and guests will enjoy
this once-in-a-lifetime dinner experience.  As each of the six courses are
prepared, large screens will air live video of Iron Chef Sakai in the
kitchen.  Chef Sakai will also greet guests and introduce each course.  

For more information, to make reservations for Iron Chef Sakai LIVE, or to
learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.jas-socal.org or call Kay
Amano at (213) 627-6217, ext. 207.

About Iron Chef Sakai
Hiroyuki Sakai  is a well-known Japanese chef who specializes in French
cuisine.  Chef Sakai is most famous for being on Fuji Television's cooking
competition show, Iron Chef, appearing for six years beginning in 1994.  He
was named "King of Iron Chefs" after winning the show's grand finale.  Chef
Sakai is known for the presentation of his dishes, which feature a Japanese
kaiseki-style.  He is also the owner and head chef of Tokyo's prestigious
restaurant, La Rochelle, named after the seaside city in France that Chef
Sakai visited in his youth.  In 2009, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor
and Welfare presented Chef Sakai with the Gendai no Meiko (Contemporary Master
Craftsmen) award, which honors Japan's foremost artisans in various fields.

About Nitto Tire
Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. develops performance tires for all uses, including
racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing
facilities in both Japan and the United States – Nitto provides innovative and
high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts.
For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company's web site
or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire
U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, Calif., 90630. 
www.nittotire.com

About InterContinental LA Century City at Beverly Hills
The renowned landmark of the InterContinental LA hotel is just minutes away
from Beverly Hills, major entertainment studios and sun-drenched beaches.  The
hotel features 361 spacious guestrooms including 148 suites, all offering
panoramic views of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Pacific Ocean.  Guests can
dine either in the Park Grill Restaurant or in the elegant Lobby Lounge that
offers tapas style shared plates.  InterContinental LA offers 16,650 square
feet of meeting space, including the newly renovated Grand Salon with more
than 4,000 square feet of divisible space.  The InterContinental brand is
located in more than 60 countries, operating 138 hotels worldwide.
 www.intercontinentallosangeles.com   phone (310) 284-6500

About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle^® and the AmericanConnection^® carrier serve
260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more
than 3,500 daily flights.  American's award-winning website, AA.com^®,
provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized
news, information and travel offers.  American Airlines is a founding member
of the oneworld^® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest
names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more
services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own.  Together, its
members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than
9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories.  American Airlines, Inc.
and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation.
AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage
are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades
under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets
Group.   www.aa.com

About Japan America Society of Southern California
The Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC) was founded in 1909
to build economic, cultural, governmental and personal relationships between
the people of Japan and America.  It has grown to become the West Coast's
premier educational and public affairs forum dedicated to the United
States–Japan relationship by offering unique opportunities to become involved
in the business and cultural relationship between the two countries.  JASSC is
a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable and educational organization and
it is supported by 135 Japanese and American corporate members and more than
2,000 individual members.  www.jas-socal.org  

Contact:
Douglas G. Erber
President, Japan America Society of Southern California
Office: (213) 627-6217 ext. 208; Mobile: (213) 220-6569
erber@jas-socal.org

Judy Johnson
GolinHarris
Office: (213) 438-8796
Mobile: (213) 200-5577
jjohnson@golinharris.com

SOURCE Japan America Society of Southern California

Website: http://www.jas-socal.org
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