Interestingly, in the first episode, one contestant did actually cook with preserved seal flipper. Apparently this is an actual delicacy from the Maritines.
There are actually some very talented chefs on the show, one being Dale Mackay, who was the executive chef for Daniel Boloud's Lumiere. Definitely only available on Bravo Canada though.
I was joking (obviously) but I know it’s popular and a staple up north. Bourdain did an episode where he sat on a kitchen floor with an eskimo family while they gutted and consumed a large portion raw over a tarp. A wonderful and somewhat disturbing scene. Nothing was wasted of course.
You know, if the chef was from Tuktoyaktuk or some little eskimo village way up north, it wouldn't be surprising. He's from St. John's, Newfoundland. Definitely not a small town up north and more known for it's love of all things cod.
Seal flipper pie is a traditional Newfoundland specialty. Apparently it's an acquired taste.