Back to Basics — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 27th, 2013

Given the unexpected sabotages, limited time on the clock and looming judgment with which they’re forced to adapt, it’s likely that when chefs compete on Cutthroat Kitchen, they’re cooking under a crushing amount of stress and pressure. For some, that anxiety may serve only to better their game, forcing them to work smartly and efficiently, but for others, such a burden may get the better of them.

In this week’s competition, a chef’s inability to cope with the competition’s demands ultimately led to his or her exit. Judge Antonia Lofaso told Alton on his After-Show that the contestant’s Round 1 lasagna offering featured such grievous errors that she had no choice but to eliminate him or her on account of these seemingly elementary errors. Although inexperienced with making fresh pasta, this chef was forced to make pasta dough from scratch, but the end result proved “dense,” according to Antonia, and was only one part of an overall unsuccessful plate. “It was just poorly executed, everything on the dish,” she said, “from the cuts of the bell peppers to them not being cooked to pasta that was just completely inadequate.”

“I think [the competitor] was so flipped out that [he or she] simply got derailed and never got back,” Alton mused. Antonia agreed, noting, “I have so much sympathy for these guys doing this, because no doubt when that time clock is on you and things are being thrown at you … nerves get to you.” Antonia’s advice to future contestants, however, is simple: “Just make something that’s cooked well, seasoned well.”

Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Antonia and Alton, then start the conversation with fellow fans in the comments below. What did you think of the chefs’ offerings this week? Were the sabotages especially harsh, or did the contestants simply struggle with the pressures of the competition?

Tune in to a brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 10pm/9c.

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Comments (10)

  1. mike says:

    She reminds me of Sara Evans.

  2. Sandy says:

    I would like to see 4 of the judges do this for charity – just to see how well they could do it *G*

    • Frank E. says:

      It would be awesome to see Antonia, Jet, Simon, and another FN star(Guy?) compete. Whether for charity or not, the show's premise will force the chefs to present dishes that would be of much lower quality that they are used to for TV. I do not think FN will let any of their star be embarrassed. Notice what it's like when the stars compete on "Chopped" for charity. No matter how poor the offering, the criticisms are minimal and they are usually followed by some form of gushing praise. It becomes the quintessential mutual admiration society.

  3. Mike says:

    I wonder if the judge's try to figure out what the sabotage was by how bad the dish is?

    • MoHub says:

      Yes they do. Jet Tila thought the chef who didn't use tortillas on the burrito challenge had had her tortillas taken away when, in fact, she had opted not to grab any from the pantry and actually got herself eliminate with no sabotages.

  4. MoHub says:

    Who else would like to see Lee Anne Wong as a judge? I'd pay for that.

  5. Frank E. says:

    Alton needs to stop making excuses for the judges when they screw up by eliminating the wrong chef.

  6. John says:

    They need to change up the judges she is not good at all, One word descriptions, never seems to get it right! and then that chili round she says one chef gave her a chili that was bland but was most like chili, one chef s she said gave vegetable stew and the other chef gave something with cinnamon and a ton of bread and she cuts the chef who gave her chili. How is that even possible. Good show I think they need a panel of judges so the stupidity stops!

  7. Jeff says:

    I think a clever auction item would be a pre-pantry auction to bid on extra time in the pantry. The chef who wins could be allowed a 30 second head start in the pantry giving them extra time as well as the possibility of sabotaging the other chefs by strategically taking key ingredients.

  8. dien dan seo says:

    I think they need a panel of judges so the stupidity stops!

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