Iron Chef Sakai of Japan Prepares Gourmet Dinner in Los Angeles

       Iron Chef Sakai of Japan Prepares Gourmet Dinner in Los Angeles

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Local celebrities and more than 220
members and supporters of the Japan America Society of Southern California
(JASSC) enjoyed a rare dinner experience Saturday night at its Iron Chef Sakai
LIVE event, featuring a multi-course gourmet meal prepared by Japan's most
famous chef, Hiroyuki Sakai, better  known as "Iron Chef Sakai".


The dinner took place at the InterContinental LA Century City at Beverly Hills
and it was co-presented by Nitto Tire U.S.A. and the InterContinental LA
Century City at Beverly Hills. American Airlines served as the event's
official airline sponsor. Proceeds will benefit the JASSC, an organization
established to build meaningful relationships between Japanese and Americans.

Iron Chef is a popular television cooking show produced in Japan by Fuji
Television Network, Inc. "Iron Chef Sakai LIVE" was Fuji Television's
first-ever official Iron Chef event outside of Japan. As each of the six
courses were prepared, large screens aired live video of Iron Chef Sakai in
the kitchen. Chef Sakai, working side-by-side with the InterContinental LA
luxury hotel's executive chef, Jonathan Wood, also greeted guests and
introduced each course. At the conclusion of the dinner, chefs Sakai and Wood
posed for photographs with the guests.

Chef Sakai was clearly delighted. "It is a great honor for me to come to Los
Angeles and work with Executive Chef Jonathan Wood on this special dinner
event," said Chef Sakai. "It was a lot of work, but the results speak for

"In my twenty years at Japan America Society, this was one of our most
enjoyable and memorable events," said JASSC president, Douglas Erber. "It was
a once-in-a-lifetime dinner experience for everyone involved, and it
introduced a groundbreaking form of 'dinner show' entertainment with the
guests and chefs interacting with one another through live audio and video."

"For helping make tonight possible, we have to thank my good friend and
mentor, Mitsuhiro Furusawa, a director-general in Japan's Ministry of
Finance," said Tomoshige Mizutani, president of Nitto Tire U.S.A. "Mr.
Furusawa was involved in the 2000 G-7 Finance Ministers' Summit hosted in
Japan where Chef Sakai prepared the meals for the finance ministers and
central bank directors." Mizutani added that Mr. Furusawa persuaded Chef
Sakai to visit Los Angeles for the Iron Chef Sakai LIVE event.

Mizutani's motivation for supporting Iron Chef Sakai LIVE was both to help
promote JASSC and to express appreciation for the unprecedented support from
America after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Nitto
Tire U.S.A. has a manufacturing plant in the Sendai area, where its workers
and the plant were affected by the disaster.

"Working with Iron Chef Sakai was truly a special experience," said Mari
Miyoshi, president of Sumitomo Realty&Development, USA, owner of the
InterContinental LA Century City at Beverly Hills. "Chef Sakai is very
humble, and although we just met for the first time, Executive Chef Jonathan
Wood and our hotel staff quickly developed an immediate connection and we felt
as if we have been working with him for years."

"American Airlines was honored to be a part of this amazing evening," said
Nancy Matsui, national sales director at American Airlines. "We welcome Chef
Sakai's return to the city of Los Angeles anytime!"

It was clear from the enthusiastic reactions from the evening's dinner guests
that they, too, will welcome Chef Sakai back to Los Angeles. 

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.

About InterContinental LA Century City at Beverly Hills
The renowned landmark of the InterContinental LA luxury 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. phone (310) 284-6500

About American Airlines
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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 125 Japanese and American corporate members and nearly
2,000 individual members.

Douglas G. Erber
President, Japan America Society of Southern California
Tel: (213) 627-6217 ext. 208

SOURCE Japan America Society of Southern California

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