Ironman Cometh: Masaharu Morimoto

Q&A with Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto

Not that the opening of Morimoto Waikiki will need extra publicity, but is it too much to hope that it will open with a throwdown between Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa? Probably. Honolulu will perhaps have to settle with the two duking it out on opposite ends of Waikiki, in their respective restaurants that showcase upscale Japanese cuisine with international influences.

Morimoto will, however, take the stage at this weekend’s Made in Hawaii Festival. No word yet on what he will be demonstrating. Maybe it’ll be a prosciutto-wrapped white-and-green asparagus sushi assembled to look like a stained-glass window, like the one in the Iron Chef asparagus battle. Or possibly the sweetened natto soaked in Coca-Cola and served in coconut milk from the natto challenge? More likely will be the incorporation of local ingredients into the final dish.

Between prepping for dinner service at his new restaurant in Napa, Morimoto answered some questions via e-mail and an interpreter.

Read the Q&A here: