Man vs. Sabotage — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 11th, 2013

When judge Antonia Lofaso entered the Cutthroat Kitchen and tasted the chefs’ turkey dinner, French toast and lobster roll dishes, she wasn’t privy to the events that had unfolded and ultimately led to those particular plates of food. Simply critiquing and praising the offerings based solely on taste, she knew not of the thousands of dollars that had been spent to force a competitor to cook with a precooked, processed turkey instead of a fresh bird, to prepare a meal sans utensils, to feature red wine and blue cheese in French toast, and to make bread from scratch in only 30 minutes. On his first-ever Alton’s After-Show, Alton revealed these secrets and others to judge Antonia, who finally realized the making of the meals she had just tasted.

“It’s all coming together now,” she told Alton. In perhaps the most telling reveal, she learned that all of these sabotages, seemingly insurmountable given the time constraints and demands of the challenge, had been inflicted on one competitor: Chef Frankie. It was up to him to adapt to these struggles — sometimes multiple ones in a single round — and attempt to turn out passable plates.

Find out how Chef Frankie fared in the end, and hear from of judge Antonia’s reaction by clicking the play button on the video and watching Alton’s After-Show. If you were Chef Frankie, how do you think you would have handled cooking without utensils? Would the inundation of obstacles be enough for you to hang up your apron once and for all? Tell FN Dish in the comments below.

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Comments (93)

  1. Deb says:

    I want to see Alton Brown at his best. He has a vast knowledge of food and he's both funny and entertaining while teaching. I really miss the "feasting" series and "Good Eats". I know I'm not the demographic that Food Network is trying to appeal to so I may be wasting my typing skills. However, I must agree with those that dislike seeing all these competition shows. I've had enough drama and actually enjoy watching someone who can teach me new ways to cook in an interesting way. It doesn't always have to be fast paced and dramatic. After 4 pm there's not one show on FN that is interesting to me. I used to enjoy watching FN almost all the time. Now I only watch on weekend mornings when there are actual cooking shows to watch. Otherwise I'll tune in to the British cooking shows where they actually don't have drama and everyone appreciates eachother and don't try to cut eachothers heads off while cooking.

  2. Paula says:

    Please Food Network, producing shows like the Cutthroat Kitchen, Bubba-Q and The Shed, I am afraid I am going to have to rename you as the JUNK FOOD NETWORK. These shows are an insult to the intelligence of people who are interested in watching "creative cooking" shows. Alton Brown had to have a "blonde moment" when he signed on to that one. Alton stop the bleeding….your Throat is already cut on this one. No sense in working it for another season.

  3. Concerned Chef says:

    I think they are running out of ideas and judging by the sabotage request from the producers it is quite clear to me Cutthroat Kitchen is in deep trouble. Entire time I was watching this show I thought where is the 'cooking' If the show is all about sabotage and not about competing under extreme condition like the name suggests then why is it on Food Network. Furthermore why do they even bother judging the food when it is painfully clear that no culinary skill determines the outcome of the dish. Food Network should hire some good actors and script the show then I can poke fun at it rather then feeling like I wasted my time watching this mean spirited garbage. I used to think the whiny creepy guy on Sweet Genius was painful to watch, nevertheless Chef Ron guides his contestants to create something wonderful utilizing his surprise ingredients. Trying to rationalize the madness behind surprise auctions well in to cooking time which by the way only spells out doom for the recipient is utterly immoral and completely shatters the spirit of competition. It's sort of like running a 100 meter dash and at the last second the Olympic committee member trips you and says give me back the cash.

  4. paulaking says:

    I dont enjoy shows like this. The artificial drama. I would rather see an informative show on food and cooking anyday. Paleo Diet for Weight Loss

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