Birth Date: 1969
Birth Place: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Biography: Masahiko Kobe (?_ŒË?Ÿ•F) (born 1969 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan) is the only Iron Chef Italian, wearing the Italian Flag (Red, White, & Green) as his outfit and holding a tomato. He was first reviewed by Chairman Kaga to become an Iron Chef in 1994, but at the time he was considered too young and immature. He then moved to Italy for about 4 years to train, becoming the fourth Iron Chef upon his arrival home. Kobe, unlike his three fellow chefs, rises alone in Kitchen Stadium (with a single exception when he got to rise with the other Iron Chefs), many times accompanied by a group of violins. He is sometimes referred to as the Prince of Pasta. He has fought in 23 battles, winning 15, losing 7, and tying 1. He owns the Ristorante Massa.