Iron Chef is a Japanese television program produced by FujiTV. The original Japanese title is Ironmen of Cooking (?????, Ry?ri no Tetsujin?). The series, which premiered on October 10, 1993, was a stylized cooking competition featuring accomplished guest chefs challenging one of the show's resident "Iron Chefs" in a timed cooking battle built around a specific theme ingredient. The series ended on September 24, 1999, although occasional specials were produced until 2002. The series aired over 300 episodes.