Morimoto joined the Japanese version of Iron Chef in 1998, and logged 16 wins, seven losses, and one draw by the time the series ended in the following year. Battles won include sea bream, rice, bamboo shoots, cod roe, perch, tofu, turkey, and asparagus.
At the time of the clip below, Morimoto had logged an impressive 67 wins, 10 losses, and one draw Stateside. He's largely remembered for his "stained glass sushi" in this battle asparagus (once again), a concept that Morimoto appears to be replicating in Napa, if the Accidental Wino's report from the pre-opening is any indication. After watching this video, click through to YouTube to watch the rest of the episode, if so inclined.
Morimoto Napa 610 Main (at Second St.), Napa, (707) 252-1600.