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The judges for the Spiny Lobster battle are:
- Actor Ryuta Mine (峰竜太)
- Actress and J-pop singer Miho Kanno (菅野美穂)
- Champion sumo wrestler Tarō Akebono (曙太郎)
- Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Christopher Lafleur
- 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.