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28 September 2011 @ 02:31 am
Stand Beside Me and Guide Me [#004]  
Title: Stand Beside Me and Guide Me [#004]
Fandom: Iron Chef (Japan), general
Characters: Kitchen Stadium food coordinator.
Prompt: 004. Every day is the same when looking straight ahead, caught in the safety of routine
Word Count: 322
Rating: G
Summary: Even a staff member's encouragement is like clockwork.
Author's Notes: It's found in the official Iron Chef book, paperback. I own nobody.

My life was just chaotic. Being on the show, as the food coordinator, was just as hard.

I had to make sure that everything went as smoothly as possible. I had to make sure that the theme ingredient was in our possession for the filming, that everything from the silverware to the plates were in order. It made sense because they left me to wash them after the battles were over. And on top of all that, I had to help Ohta-san with the reporting because we knew that going to both sides of the kitchen was going to be a bit too much for him.

Oh, and the job description came with “personal cheerleader to the challengers”. I really felt for them, and I knew that they could do it, but there were sometimes where you knew it wasn’t going to happen. To those challengers, I definitely added a bit of encouragement when it looked as though they were giving up. Then you had the challengers who were nervous.

To be honest, all of the challengers were nervous. But when it got to a point where you had a challenger, who was already pressured with the time as-is, calling for his mother… That’s where you look at what you’ve done. You’ve tried to give them enough encouragement already, but a call for your own mother would have ended your career before it even begins. If you knew that a chef was going to quit, you’d give them encouragement.

Don’t get me wrong – I did other things to help out challengers and Iron Chefs alike. And there were times when their dishes were perfect (I have a few dishes in mind that really set the stage for the rest of the show), but when a chef was having a rough go at it? I was there for them. It felt like a routine for me most days, but it was worth it.