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The judges for the Ham battle are:
- Novelist and actor Tamio Kageyama (景山民夫)
- Actress Keiko Saitō (斉藤慶子)
- Actor Tatsuo Umemiya (梅宮辰夫)
- Food critic Asako Kishi (岸朝子)
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.