ICA; Any preplanning / rehearsal?
It seems their pantry has every edible food item known to man. Even the most obscure ingredient, things no one has ever heard of, is within arm's reach for a chef. It's as though they know ahead of time what they're going to use. How do they do it?
there was a special on FN back in '07 that revealed all the "secrets" behind the scenes.
Even though the "secret" ingredient isn't a complete secret it's still tough to turn out the dishes within the allotted time. If there was no advance notice of possible ingredients they couldn't possibly do it in an hour. It's no different than being given course materials and not knowing what's on the final exam.
From various interviews from competing chefs, the process is this. They are given three or so possible ingredients. They submit to the show a shopping list for each of the possible ingredients. When they arrive at the studio, they do a check of their ingredients, and at that moment when they see what the show has provided they know which of the possible ingredients it is.
re: Fukui San
Thank you, Fukui San, for confirming that there is some pre-planning. The tasks would be almost impossible without it, even for the most skilled chef.
I just read an informative piece on the original Japanese show and learned that the Iron Chef / challenger match-up preselected. Is this true for ICA?