The Truth About Guy Fieri's Tournament Of Champions Randomizer

Guy Fieri is one feisty chef and his TV personality makes for a fun experience on every show he features in. Fieri has juggled many roles throughout his career (chef, entrepreneur, TV personality), and his food and presenting skills always seem to be a hit with fans, whether he's cheering on contestants on Guy's Grocery Games or exploring new eateries on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives. The chef has also more recently served as the host of the Food Network show Tournament of Champions, where a handful of talented chefs come together to demonstrate what they're capable of (via Boston Herald). 

Tournament of Champions is an intense competition where 16 chefs are required to be willing to experiment with random ingredients and prepare delicious food under immense pressure. The participants on the show are from different parts of the country and compete in an East Coast vs. West Coast-style tournament. One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the randomizer, a device that determines how each match will play out. The randomizer looks like a slot-machine and is a crucial element on the show — which has made many fans question how it works and if it's legit.

The randomizer is as real as it gets

Well, as pointed out by Boston Herald, the randomizer displays what components the contestants will be working with. This means that the machine selects everything from the type of protein and produce to the culinary tools and the kind of dish that the competitors will have to prepare, as well as the total cooking time that will be allotted to participants. After the contestants prepare the dishes, expert food judges step in to sample the food and pick a winner.

Naturally, curious viewers can't help but wonder how the randomizer works. One Redditor asked, "How random is the randomizer, really?" You'll be happy to know that the process is quite authentic. Chef Justin Warner, who has been a part of Tournament of Champions, responded to the inquiry, "Hi! Justin Warner here. Nothing rigged. And the randomizer gets worse per heat. You'll human element in the randomizer. I promise you, it does what any other sentient machine would do." So those random combinations you see are truly a work of fate and odds.