Alton’s Dream Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages Revealed

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 29th, 2014

Alton's Dream Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages RevealedLet’s set the scene: utensils made from aluminum, no salt, missing ingredients and an evilicious grin to top it off. These are all the ingredients that make up Cutthroat Kitchen. Every Sunday night, Alton dishes out sabotages that can trip up even the best of chefs — but here’s the kicker: Alton truly enjoys watching the chefs distribute and overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them.

“I love seeing people play the game, so anything that accentuates that, I’m a fan of. I grew up loving game shows,” Alton recently told FN Dish on the set of his show. “The auctioning segments are my favorite part — I enjoy the strategies used by the chefs,” he continued saying.

So what’s Alton’s dream sabotage? “When it comes to the sabotages, I can envision episodes that take place off set, like outside challenges. Though I don’t necessarily think that bigger is always better,” Alton said. “For instance, I would love to do a show where the sabotages aren’t decided until after the chefs have shopped. Where we’re changing the game as the game goes along. Or another idea I like would be to give them more options: Which would you rather face? Why not give them the opportunity to choose the paths that they would take, like on an obstacle course?”

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Comments (121)

  1. Brian says:

    I thought of a great sabotage inspired by Halloween but useable any time. Chef must use a pumpkin as their only mixing "bowl". But–you guessed it–in order to use it they must, of course, cut it open and hollow it out. Remove all the seeds and slimy pulpy gunk. And if the dish isn't supposed to have a pumpkin taste, so much the better Bwa-ha!

  2. JACK says:

    How about this for a sabotage in the first round? The chiefs must make a dish where milk is the main ingredient; and you guessed it, on the first round of auction, the winner can confiscate each opponents entire milk, for a 16 or 32 ounce bottle of milk substitute. The winner cannot pick the bottles, but chooses who will pick first, second and last. The bottles can all one colored or each multicolored; however, they cannot be clear or see thru. And by the way, you will not know what's in your bottle until you pick it up and read the label that's placed on the bottom of the bottle. Imagine, if you will, the following milk substitutes. (Chocolate, Butter, Goats, Powdered, Soy, Coconut, Condensed.) Hey, Don't Have A Cow, Man !!!!

  3. Ken says:

    What if right after the first round you give a sabotage that allows a chef to switch their meal with another chefs or switch 2 other chefs meals. That way if a chef really got sabotaged he has a chance to get another chefs meal as his own!

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  4. Patti says:

    For a april fools show. Have another superstar chief challenge. But this time have someone take Mr.Brown's place and host while Alton cooks in the challenge. What would be even better if he had no idea of this ahead of time.

  5. Stephen P says:

    I love your show and how evil are your sabotages. I am currently 15 years old and I have several possibly diabolical sabotages that may be possible in Brown's book.
    1. have a sabotages where two chefs get a sabotage. One would get beer goggles and the other would wear an eye patch or something to get rid of depth perception.
    2. I don't know how one would do this. you would have to attach a stove/grill, several boards, and utensils to the bottom of a high table with bungee cords attached to the corners.. Therefore, there would be a "hanging" kitchen. kind of like the floating kitchen in Superstar 3. Only hanging from the air.
    3. Attach a snowshoe or a big wide square of wood to a chef's feet to make it harder to walk. About a yard length and width for the square.
    4. Force a chef to not taste the food as it is being made. (I think you already did this. Not so sure)
    5. During cooking time in the first round, have a sabotage where a chef has to use a polaroid camera to take close ups or pictures of each chefs face five times. That would be fifteen clear pictures, five for each chef.
    6. Since all good thinking is done in the bathroom, have a chef cook in some kind of souped up kitchen bathroom.
    7. Have two chefs hold hands. Now, most chefs hold as one with their right hand, and one with his left hand, have them hold the same sided hand so that they are facing away from each other while holding hands. They can not switch.
    8. For a Christmas special, every dish must be made with some kind Christmas theme. Ingredients would be hidden in presents, a classic. During cooking, every chef besides the chef that won the sabotage, has to sit with Santa while Alton takes pictures of them. a chef has to decorate some kind of Christmas tree. A chef has to cook in a sleigh. Another has to wear some kind of reindeer suit or gloves that would only allow them to have two "fingers".
    9. Last one I promise. A sabotage forces two chefs, one to wear handcuffs, and the other to have their shoelaces tied together.
    Sorry its a lot. The ideas just kept coming.

  6. Lynn Mann says:

    My sabotage suggestion: put all the ingredients into the kind of clamshell containers most small electronics are sold in. The chef(s) can only use the types of implements normal people have at home to open them, such as scissors (not kitchen shears), dull knives, etc.

  7. Emily F says:

    I was always curious about this, but sometimes Alton offers a buy out for the chef's if they are spending way too much time on something. What if the Chefs could offer the saboteur compensation Not to sabotage them, and or buy out of the sabotage by paying the same amount but they have to deal with it for 5 minutes or some amount of time before they can buy out.

  8. annonomous says:

    They can only cook with a waffle iron and or george foreman grill

  9. julia says:

    what if in a challenge that they needed to use cream, a chef could take and swap all their cream with wipped and sour cream and they had to use it!!!

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