Struggling for Simplicity — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 20th, 2013

While the sabotages dealt to chefs on Cutthroat Kitchen may be downright devious and may cause the competitors to rethink their culinary approaches, the dishes they’re tasked to cook are, in fact, straightforward. Common plates like tacos, cupcakes, fried chicken and burritos have made appearances in the past, and all Alton asks of the contestants is that they create these meals for the judge. It sounds easy enough — until he reveals unknown curve balls, like mandatory ingredients and inferior cooking utensils, of course. It’s these challenging sabotages that cause — or, perhaps, force — the chefs to abandon all aspects of simplicity and ultimately reinvent the dishes as next-level versions.

Although this week’s battle indeed featured its share of sabotages, judge Antonia Lofaso told Alton Brown on the host’s After-Show that the chefs’ culinary offerings could have been stronger, if only they had not tried to make the dishes complicated and too unlike the originals. In Round 2, one chef was given leftover fried rice to feature in jambalaya, and rather than merely steam it to outfit it with the proper texture, he or she turned it into rice patties, but the rice wasn’t apparent. “You would have been starting with a product that you can have control over,” Antonia told Alton. “[The chef] could have just resuscitated it, but instead [the competitor] ground it into a paste,” Alton added. “I would have simply just used it.”

Similarly, in Round 3’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes challenge, one competitor’s overzealous approach to the comfort food turned disastrous with a too-fancy and too-petite offering. “It’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes,” Antonia told Alton. “At the end of the day, I start pulling points because people are getting … too serious.”

Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Antonia and Alton, then start a conversation with fellow fans in the comments below. What do you consider to be a worse mistake on Cutthroat Kitchen: preparing food that’s too simple or too complex? How would you have incorporated leftover fried rice into jambalaya if you were cooking in Round 2?

Tune in to a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10pm/9c.

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Comments (15)

  1. Frank E. says:

    The group of chefs on tonight were some of the least creative that have ever competed on this program. This has to be the first time in Cutthroat Kitchen's history that the eliminated chefs screwed themselves regardless of the sabotages. Though I do thing that tin can sabotage was ridiculous.

  2. Shawn says:

    I think that the sabotages this time were overly diabolicL, they weren't sabotages, but death knells! The "unholy trinity" death-knell was just horrible; if the other chef had not sabotaged himself with the "rice cakes," the overcooked-rice jambalaya would have lost.

  3. Edward says:

    I think this Judge tonight is either an idiot or had an eye for the winner ! No one in their right mind would have not eliminated him. He made a stew without the holy trinity a HUGE mistake! Then a meatloaf that looked like sloppy joes and a plate that looked like something you wouldn't even serve a dog! Antonia you should be banned from any further Judging of food period !!!

  4. Harlem says:

    these food network judges are extremely biased against women and minorities. i done watching these rigged episodes. this guy served what looked like dog food and still won. even he couldnt believe it- the host told him to his face he should have lost.

  5. avalon says:

    I think the wrong chef won – his plate didn't even look like meat loaf and mashed potatoes and even if the other one wasn't as tasty – it actually looked like the challenge – petite sized even! It seemed so wrong to give the win to him – and he has such an awful attitude as well – arrogant!

  6. Ketrin says:

    My husband and I really enjoy cooking shows and thought we would take a look at Cutthroat Kitchen. What we saw was not entertaining at all and is not a show where the best chef has an opportunity to show their skill. This show actually brings out the worst in people. We don't find that something we would spend our time watching. This show is not worth our time.

  7. Snorker says:

    It would be nice to hear Antonia say something other then "ok" or "yeah" when going over what the chefs had to go through on the post show with Alton. She brings nothing to this show. I so enjoy watching Chef Simon and Chef Jet, who actually get a kick out of hearing what they went through. She was SO wrong on this episode !!! Please don't bring her back, for she is useless !!!!!

  8. jesse says:

    I just want to say that judge Antonia Lofaso is the worst judge hands down. she sent someone home for cooking what she called convenience store chillin when the other (women) chef cooked vegetable soup. IT WAS A CHILLI CHALLENGE RETARD.

  9. lauren graber says:

    i love some of the people on Cutthroat Kitchen just like the guy that was on tonight.i want to be on Cutthroat Kitchen some day and i will have so much fun . I LOVE CUTTHROAT KITCHEN.

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