Japanese Iron Chef who became infamous for the gold-trimmed, purple outfit he wore during televised cooking competitions.
He worked as a chef at the Hotel New Otani and at the Shangri La Hotel.
He reigned victorious in his final Iron Chef competition, the "Tuna Battle," which he fought against master chef Yukio Hattori.
He was born in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan.
He and Graham Kerr both achieved celebrity chef status.