5. Each episode has a back-up contestant
While you may only see four contestants on set, they officially can’t start shooting unless they have a fifth standby contestant ready to go. The standby jumps in in case someone doesn’t show up, gets sick, panics, or chops off a finger in the first round, and the audience is none the wiser.
6. There were nine original judges, today there have been over 43!
The original nine judges were Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Santos, Marc Murphy, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Maneet Chauhan. All nine continue to rotate through as judges. There is no reported drama between the judges, but with all those chef egos on the same room, some stuff must go down. This is obviously speculation though.