The heat in the kitchen just got turned up as Destineer announced the participation of celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto in Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine, the company's new video game for Wii and Nintendo DS. Both Batali and Morimoto are lending their voices and likenesses to the game so that Iron Chef fans and gamers alike can play as these world famous Iron Chefs, or take them on head-to-head in the fast-paced culinary tournaments of Kitchen Stadium.
"We are tremendously excited to bring another Mario to Nintendo DS and Wii — Mario Batali that is – as his Iron Chef reputation and cooking acumen is sure to bring a sweat to the brow of any challenger," said Juan Benito, Creative Director of Destineer. "We are equally thrilled to be working with the bold and visionary chef, Masaharu Morimoto, the only Iron Chef to hold the title on both Iron Chef America and Fuji Television's original Japanese Iron Chef program."
"I'm delighted to be involved with Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine," said Chef Batali. "My video game counterpart is as passionate and competitive in the virtual Kitchen Stadium as I am in real life, and I think the participation of Chef Morimoto and I adds a great level of authenticity to the game."
Adds Chef Morimoto: "Having been an Iron Chef in both Japan and America, I am pleased to partake in another exciting frontier – video games! Hopefully Iron Chef: Supreme Cuisine can inspire a new generation of great chefs."
In Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine players square off in Kitchen Stadium and battle through a series fast-paced and intense culinary challenges. Each victory advances players closer to a final showdown that will determine who will reign supreme as the next Iron Chef America. Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine is schedule for a fall 2008 release.
About Mario Batali
Mario Batali has created a thriving restaurant empire and has established himself as a top restaurateur. His restaurants are nationwide with locations in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and he is the author of many cookbooks, including the award winning Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Classic Italian Recipes to Cook at Home, Babbo Cookbook, and the upcoming Mario Batali: Italian Grilling.
Mario is the recipient of many prestigious awards, among them: GQ Magazine's "Man of the Year"; the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: New York City" and "Outstanding Chef of the Year." Mario is also one of the recipients of the 2001 "D'Artagnan Cervena Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America," a prestigious lifetime achievement award.
About Masaharu Morimoto
Masaharu Morimoto opened his own restaurant at the age of 25, beginning his career as a pioneer in fusion cooking, before the term existed. Following that, Morimoto made his mark in the culinary world by working in some of New York's most notable Japanese restaurants. In 1993 he became the executive chef at the Sony Club, where he was eventually recruited by Chef Nobu Matsuhisu to open New York City's famous Nobu restaurant. In November of 2001, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in the United States in Philadelphia.
Chef Morimoto has combined his passion for cuisine, competition, and performance as the Japanese Iron Chef on the wildly popular television show, Iron Chef America. These days, as an Iron Chef and owner/chef of Morimoto Restaurant, Morimoto divides his time between Tokyo, New York, and Philadelphia.
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