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 see…no 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.