Takashi, TV Star

Takashi Yagihashi.

Takashi Yagihashi of Takashi and Slurping Turtle fame is on a roll toward being a more ubiquitous face. Next week he'll be on Top Chef Texas (we believe it will during the Quickfire Challenge, so odds are it will have something to do with Asian food, maybe even the ramen challenge ramen-heads have been waiting all these years for). Then he'll compete on Iron Chef America on April 1 (no joke). So which of the Iron Chefs will he go head to head against— someone who knows Asian, or someone who cooks in an entirely different style? We'll have to wait several weeks to see. But we at Grub Street Chicago aren't surprised he's being viewed as a TV-ready chef; we knew him when he was first slinging ramen and bincho.