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While some challenge dishes on Cutthroat Kitchen are straightforward, like apple pie, a burrito and grilled cheese, the Round 1 plate on tonight’s brand-new episode left some room for interpretation. The task was to create an all-American breakfast in 30 minutes — Alton gave no other instructions and simply let the chefs prepare their own definitions of that morning meal.
“Usually it would feature eggs, bread, perhaps a smoked pork product — bacon, ham,” judge Jet Tila said on the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show of his idea of an all-American breakfast. It turns out that nearly all of the competitors held similar beliefs, as three attempted to turn out egg-focused dishes and another offered two takes on toast. Within these plates, however, there existed strong disparities, and each highlighted unique inspirations, including California flair, Southern ingredients and a love of hash.
Click the play button on the video above to watch more of Jet and Alton dishing on the After-Show, and find out which chef couldn’t outcook Round 1. Then tell FN Dish in the comments: How do you define breakfast? Do your morning meals look different on weekdays than they do on the weekend? Are you more likely to crave sweet specialties like waffles or pancakes, or do you often reach for savory picks like eggs Benedict?