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The judges for the Apple battle are:
- Lower House member, writer Shinichiro Kurimoto (栗本慎一郎)
- Actress Mayuko Takata (高田万由子)
- Former professional baseball player Takenori Emoto (江本孟紀)
- Expert food commentator, president of the Hattori Nutrition College Yukio Hattori (服部幸應)
The winner is determined by the number of judges who rule in favor of a chef. If there is a split vote, it comes down to total points. If points are also tied, the match ends in a draw.