Frugal Spending, Big Rewards — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 22nd, 2013

It’s no surprise that to be successful on Cutthroat Kitchen competitors ought to come equipped with a strategy for how they’ll approach the contest, as Alton’s culinary mind game requires more of contestants than basic kitchen chops and the ability to work under pressure. For a chef to be victorious, he or she will need a strategy, and this week’s champion ultimately claimed the win thanks in part to a method of restrained bidding. After three rounds and only two wins at the auction, the top chef left with $11,800, a grand sum compared to the small wages some rivals have taken home. Alton and judge Jet Tila dished on such an approach to the contest during the latest installment of the host’s After-Show. “You want to walk out of here with your dough,” Alton explained. Jet added, “You’re not here just to spend, spend, spend to sabotage people.” On several past episodes, chefs have gotten caught up in back-and-forth bidding wars only to “spend their way to victory,” as Alton noted. This week’s victor, however, claimed just two wins at the auction, guaranteeing a take-home sum of $11,800, a large figure compared to the small wages some rivals earn after three rounds of seemingly careless spending. What did you think of the spend-less-to-win-more strategy? Is it a riskier maneuver, given that a contestant may find himself saddled with sabotages if he isn’t the one doling them out? Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Alton and Jet, and learn which chef claimed victory, plus more about how he or she managed to secure the win. Then start the conversation with fellow fans in the comments section below. Tune in to a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10pm/9c.

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Comments (11)

  1. Colin says:

    Yet another example of a Food Network show that had to be RIGGED. Chief Jet made the statement that the one to be eliminated had all the requirements for the shepherds pie, yet he eliminated one that did not have a type of potato topping, one of the requirements was that it had to have a potato "like " topping.

  2. Paula W. says:

    Just had a idea. I think a Cutthroat Kitchen would have another hit if you did it with TV Chefs and Chefs from big restaurants bidding and doing without things, Fun Fun Fun Also making Alton do cooking the hard way.

  3. Shane says:

    I wish you would have showed more of what was said about non winners bids. It kinda leads to a spoiler. You use Chef Tila's reaction (to the tiny pans) on the show, I was thinking this would be cool to see more of. Great show and hats off to Chef Gratatas (sorry for the spelling), you kicked a@@.

  4. misswendee says:

    This is the worst show I have ever seen on FN. At best, it is childish. At worst, it's making a mockery of the culinary profession. Lose this show. Alton Brown, especially, deserves MUCH better.

  5. Carol Turner says:

    This show is very distasteful to me, it's just TOO mean!! A little competition is great but purposely taking what appears to be unfair advantage of another person is just MEAN!

  6. Justin says:

    I for one LOVE the show! It's not "TOO mean"! It's a cooking competition with some twists added in. Those twists help to reveal who is the best chef! Next to this show, my second favorite is Chopped! Thanks, Alton! I can't wait for the all star episodes!!

  7. Angela says:

    This show is so awful and such a waste of time to watch! They act so childish- could they be anymore ridiculous?

  8. deb says:

    Love the show. A different twist on cooking. Enough on just good cooks. Fun

  9. Diana says:

    Just saw a few episodes of this show and not sure if I like it yet… I get that its a cutthroat competition but when the chefs out bid each other like crazy is ridiculous! The opening bid is at $500 and then the next bid is at $ 5000 !! Some chef do all that hard work and leave with barely anything left from that $ 25000. Plus some chefs get really screwed over and have to do the best with the situation and yet they get eliminated for something that is out of their control. Its stupid to eliminate a chef because he's missing a certain component of the required dish if they got screwed and got that component purposely taken away.

  10. jsparks009 says:

    This show is lousy. Top Chef is much better IMO. They're all scripted, but at least Top Chef has some better characters.

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