Strategy Reigns Supreme — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 18th, 2013


To succeed in the Cutthroat Kitchen, it’s not enough for a chef to come equipped with his lucky knife kit and years of experience at the stove. After all, a fellow competitor may prevent his use of that cutlery and make him question the extent of his skills, all with the help of $25,000 in spending money and the will to disrupt. Chefs must take assigned curve balls in stride and turn out quality dishes for a judge, who, without knowledge of the earlier mind games, will decide based on taste alone whose plate is the weakest. On Alton’s After-Show, host Alton Brown will reveal to the judge what’s gone down, and together they’ll dish on how the events unfolded and the food ultimately came to light.

In the series premiere, judge Simon Majumdar joined Alton in the Cutthroat Kitchen, and even after learning of some chefs’ use of inferior pork products in Round 1, revealed, “They all produced dishes that were kind of passable with one or two errors, rather than bad dishes with one or two good things about them.” Even though Chef Gianchetti had the most sought-after meat — thick-cut bone-in chops — in that round, his pork was severely overcooked, so much so that Simon admitted that “is actually worse than getting a poor ingredient and making it tasty.”

In what may prove true in each episode throughout the series, Simon explained: “Being a great chef is one thing. Being a strategic chef is another. If you can combine those, you can actually end up winning Cutthroat Kitchen without being technically the best chef.” It’s that kind of thinking that would lead chefs to risk wisely and cook intelligently in order to best their rivals and ultimately take home cash.

Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Simon and Alton, and learn what Simon would have done had he been cooking in Cutthroat Kitchen. How do you think the competitors responded to their challenges? Chat with fellow fans about it in the comments below.

Check back after each episode of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday night to find a new installment of Alton’s After-Show.

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Comments (63)

  1. BAHA says:

    The constant winner seems to have an over smug attitude that comes out very strongly. For that reason I am hoping to see her go.

  2. LEE Gilliard says:

    I like the show… I record it every episode! listen people the world is not always a bed of roses… and people are not always going to be pleasant or kind or love thy neibhors. there are people in this world that desire to get to the top and will get there no matter how many heads they have to stand on to get there, really cut throat, ask yourself would you rather be the fly or the fly swatter. to be a successful chef today you must be creative, think outside the box, be quick on your feet, and posses great problem solving skills, and most important posses the desire to win at all cost! it's a cruel world out there, and you must be prepared to engage with every kind of conflict that comes in your path… great show good lesson!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Good Eats is a very good and informative show, however Cutthroat Kitchen is childish and insulting to the audience, if there is one. Alton Brown should be ashamed to be associated with it. It only proves that some people will watch anything that is demeaning. Shame!

    • Guest says:

      Grow up! Don't you ever just have FUN doing something? If you don't like the show, don't watch it, but don't belittle it either. Not everything has to be about information…and Alton Brown is perfect as the host for this show. It's not demeaning…these people know what they're getting into when they agree to be on the show. Shame on YOU for being such a Debbie Downer!

  4. Chloe<3 says:

    Ok, looks like I need to step in with all of the fun that's happening. Alright, I don't think that this is one of those topics that everyone should be acting like little kids about. "I hate this!" "Take it off!" guys, you are acting like the little kids on a school bus talking about Dora the Explorer, knock it off! Some people, myself included really like this show and you are not the only people in the world, if you really hate the show so much, just don't frickin watch it, is it that hard? Stop acting like devas, and I should know because I'm still in high school.

  5. Margaret says:

    My husband and I love this show! It I entertaining and that is what it is supposed to be. I like it if they repeat a bid item. It is fun o see what that chef would do. The after hour show is good too!

  6. Linda says:

    LOVE. The show ? ALTON is showing a very funning natural side we haven't seen before . The show last night 2/16 was hilarious the contestant cheated and Alton freaked . It's like watching chopped and being handicapped all the same time. Great show and a lot of fun.

  7. Woogie says:

    I would love to see an episode where you take Alton, Giada, Bobby Flay and Guy and make them the contestants. Now THAT would be fun to watch! Don't change the format or make anything special, keep it the same.

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