The Chairman character mentioned above is actually called Chairman Kaga on the show. His real name is Takeshi Kaga.
There was a quite good, thorough fan website at http://www.ironchef.com, but as of 6/5/00 FujiTV's lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the maintainer. Damn, I need a drink.
The Iron Chef series is no longer regularly produced, but FujiTV still puts out the occasional special. Food Network will air a co-production pitting Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto against Hot Off the Grill host Bobby Flay on June 25, 2000.