Cutthroat Kitchen Look-Back: Memorable Sabotages in Review

by in Shows, September 12th, 2013

Once the competitors on Cutthroat Kitchen complete their brief 60 seconds of pantry shopping, they can’t say for certain what will come next, blissfully unaware of the ingredient swaps, time freezes and utensil prohibitions with which they will be forced to comply when cooking. Host Alton Brown‘s deliciously mischievous competition is just four weeks into its premiere season, yet chefs have already experienced interferences like prepared pie crust in place of pizza dough, the inability to use salt in their taco dishes and the challenge of fashioning their only utensils out of aluminum foil.

Two of the seemingly most insurmountable sabotages, however, occurred in the first two weeks of the series, when Alton revealed French wine and blue cheese, which had to be featured in one chef’s French toast preparation, and bright-green sour apple gummy candies, which were to be used in place of fresh apples when making a dish of pork chops and apple sauce. What happened next in both instances was a no-nonsense bidding war, with several contestants willing to go to great lengths — and exorbitant sums — to avoid cooking with these products themselves.

Want to see how the auctions unfolded? Click the play button on the video above to watch Alton dish out the French delicacies, then head over to the Cutthroat Kitchen headquarters to find out who was forced to work with the sour candies. Which sabotage has been your favorite so far, and how much would you have been willing to spend to avoid cooking with it?

Tune in to an all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, September 8 at 10pm/9c and check back afterward for the next installment of Alton’s After-Show.

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Comments (22)

  1. Dorothy says:

    I have just one word for Alton Brown: SHAVE.
    I am not fond of the show – it is frustrating to see cooks struggle with the unfair equipment/food they have to deal with because somebody sabotaged their talent.
    I learned nothing!!

  2. Aurora Clawson says:

    I am so disappointed in Cutthroat Kitchen. What kind of message does this send to young kids? Television has enough very poor reality shows. Some shows inspire the best in others. They are a part of progression. Other shows keep people bound in the worst kind of behavior, me against the world. A Republican must have come up with this concept.

    Cooking should be joyous and supportive, not yet another way to screw someone over. So sad to know someone had the opportunity to make a real difference in the world and throw it all away showcasing yet another human weakness as if it was a plus. Your mothers must be proud.

  3. Pam says:

    I like the basic concept of the show but think it could be done just a little different. Instead of buying items to give to the other chefs to sabotage them I think it would be better to give each one the opportunity to purchase something out of the others basket if they wanted. The cut-throat could be completed in the pantry while gathering the items for the challenge. An example would be if someone took all the bread in the pantry another chef could purchase the bread and force the chef to share the bread or remove it from their basket as well so they do not have the item either.

  4. Debber60 says:

    I watched the latest show where one "chef" – Brian, I think – did not compete, he set out to humiliate and win at all costs. I would love to know what restaurant he's affiliated with since he embodies the very kind of person that I detest: one who lies and cheats to win.

    I understand competition, like the next Food Network Star/Iron Chef and Sweet Genius, however – this seems to have taken one step too far. No longer a "competition", but a free-for-all. I agree with Aurora, what message is this sending? I REALLY like Alton Brown, sadly, I think I will pass on any more episodes of Cutthroat Kitchen.

    And, Food Network, what in blazes does a security problem have to do with food ?!?

  5. barbara says:

    Do NOT like this show.. It's Garbage! . The concept is SOCIOPATHIC BLECHERY..

    .. Give people their 15 minutes of Shame some cash to spend to sabotage another and the creepiest creep trips up another Chef..( *cough) by forcing them to use old marshmallow Peeps from Easter past to make a Sandwich with No Bread.. COME ON..

    THE FOOD NETWORK should be about food! .. How about showing us some elegance like a complete series on Thomas Keller.. ( who would gag at the stupidity of this Cooking? Show..)

    … What's next? The Miley Cyrus Twerking whilst CeRking with her :We Can't Stop "at the WOK… SHOW..

    . Please…. make it stop!

    OFF GOES THE FOODNETWORK into the Crappiest show on Television..

  6. suzeque says:

    I agree Food Network needs to rethink crap shows like this one. I want recipes and more shows with class like Top Chef. I could barely get through the first episode and have no intention of watching any future ones. HORRIBLE, Alton you should have said NO.

  7. Sheri says:

    I have been an Alton Brown fan for years. I'm rethinking that. I am blown away by this sad excuse for a show. How did the exec.'s convince you to do this stupid Cut throat thing Alton? Aren't you embarrassed? The show has nothing to do with ability or skill. The "Chef's" that succeed are the kinds of people I used to fire. I will make sure NOT to watch any additional episodes of this mess. Slippery slope folks, slippery slope.

  8. Mary says:

    I can't believe they brought back that b…. from another food network competition. I am ready to stop even watching food network. The basic concept isn't all that bad if managed differently. And I love Alton Brown – but if they ever bring back that b…. from tonight's show – that will be the last time I watch food network. Lots of other things on line & tv to watch. And guess what – I was watching with about 10 other friends that were over for bbq tonight – They all thought the same thing.

  9. Mark says:

    Great show, don't listen to the naysayers. A chef needs to be able think on the run and adapt to unforseen situations. Keep the shows coming.

  10. punkinstaven says:

    Davidi cheated. No utensils means no tongs to take food out of the fry basket. Glad she lost. Nobody likes a cheater!

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