Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has some drawing power.

Meaning: attracting an audience and pulling a knife on an unsuspecting tuna.

Which he did Tuesday, June 7 at Morimoto, the Center City restaurant he owns with Stephen Starr.

He did a cooking demo in the middle of the dining room, in a $300-a-head benefit for the Philadelphia-Japan Disaster Relief Fund, and pointed out that the tuna (front and center) was not sourced from Japan.

The money flowed at a live auction:

  • Someone paid $21,000 for Morimoto to cook dinner in his home for 10 people.
  • Someone else paid 6 grand to have a meal for two at all Starr restaurants.