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Jan is a talented, arrogant young chef on a non-stop quest to become the world's greatest cuisine master. He continuously battles his uppity rival Kiriko—another talented chef, who is also the niece of the head chef at the top-class Tokyo restaurant where Jan works. In this volume, the All-Japan Chinese Cuisine Cook-off is down to the last battle between Jan, Kiriko, and Serene—and the final dish is dessert! What crazy concoction will Jan pull out of his bag of tricks?
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Overview

Jan is a talented, arrogant young chef on a non-stop quest to become the world's greatest cuisine master. He continuously battles his uppity rival Kiriko—another talented chef, who is also the niece of the head chef at the top-class Tokyo restaurant where Jan works. In this volume, the All-Japan Chinese Cuisine Cook-off is down to the last battle between Jan, Kiriko, and Serene—and the final dish is dessert! What crazy concoction will Jan pull out of his bag of tricks?
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Editorial Reviews

Greg McElhatton
Shinji Saijyo's manga really surprised me because he was able to do something that you don't see in most English comics: taking an off-beat theme like cooking and not just making it into the central point of the series, but making it absolutely enthralling.
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Publishers Weekly
A cross between The Iron Chef and Fist of the North Star, this energetic tale of rival teenaged chefs in Tokyo's top Chinese restaurant breaks from popular manga plots of teenaged fantasies and romantic entanglements. Kiriko Gobancho is the owner's granddaughter, a cook-in-training who's mastered the difficult "golden fried rice" made with only scallions and eggs. Once Jan Akiyama appears, his dramatic entrance worthy of James Dean, Kiriko learns how to really cook up a storm. An intense rivalry between snotty Kiriko and angry, brooding Jan ensues, with cooking contests unfolding like battles. All sorts of obscure food information peppers the story. When Kiriko amazes the kitchen staff by preparing pork intestine without any smell, Jan one-ups her by cooking pork liver. Another episode finds Jan putting an egomaniacal food critic in his place by preparing soup from an ingredient the critic can't recognize: sheep's brain. Saijyo draws the cooking scenes like fight scenes, as cleavers chop, woks sizzle and cooks reach high levels of intensity. The dialog is funny yet informative, with lines like, "You can't make fried rice like that! What the hell is he doing?" Like Iron Chef, Saijyo and Oyama's work is so far out, it succeeds on its own loopy level and adds a level of drama-such as Jan's relationship with his grandfather, another top chef-that is actually moving. It might even win over readers who aren't interested in typical manga fare. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588992567
  • Publisher: ComicsOne Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Series: Iron Wok Jan! Series , #1
  • Edition description: Japanese Format Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 186
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    For those seeking something a bit different...

    As any anime fan knows, manga has cliches and stereotypes just the same as American comics do (although not nearly as bad). So, if you're in the mood for something a little different, you've found the right series. The art style is reminiscent of an action series, and the dialogue and storyline is straight out of a serious drama. But this is not an action series(well, it's probably debatable)...it's about a up and coming chef. The characters are distinct and likeable, so don't be surprised if you're hooked by the first chapter. This is indeed a fine gem; give it a look...

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