The Competitors Know the Surprise Ingredient Ahead of Time and Get to Stock Their Pantries

Throughout its run, Food Network’s Iron Chef captured audiences in America with its intense challenges and delicious meals. The show went off the air in 2014, but recently it got a revival on Netflix. While iron Chef is mainly touted as a reality show, several elements of the competition ensure fans get what they came for. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the series handles the “secret ingredient,” pantry stocking, and more.

‘Iron Chef’ started in Japan before making it to America

Before Kitchen Stadium became popular with American audiences, it was already in Japan. The concept didn’t just pop into the minds of the higher echelons of Food Network. the first Iron Chef aired in Japan in 1993 and lasted over seven seasons ending its run in 1999.