Not Another Buttermilk Biscuit — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, July 6th, 2014

On Cutthroat Kitchen, there is nothing worse than an ingredient swap. Ingredients can make or break a dish, and switching out quality ones for those that are inferior can completely ruin the elevated flavors the competitors are trying to accomplish. In this week’s episode, the contestants have to make biscuits with gravy, so the culinary team was experimenting with an ingredient swap where the butter was replaced by cooking spray. While the team realized that the cooking spray could be gathered and solidified to develop a butter-like consistency, the real test was whether the cooking spray could provide the same taste and texture that butter could in a buttermilk biscuit. The taste of the biscuit alone would determine whether the cooking spray swap would work for the episode.

Click play on the video above to see whether this sabotage was approved or rejected by the Food Network culinary team.

Tune in for a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen every Sunday at 10|9c.

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Comments (3)

  1. Carole Holloway says:

    This sabotage, as with everything on this show, is contrived and mean-spirited. This show has nothing to do with cooking or eating or the interactions around the table. What a waste of airtime and talent. Alton Brown deserves better than this show.

    • Jeremy says:

      Carole, I see where you're coming from.

      But lighten up, Francis. I think Cutthroat is pretty hilarious, and all the chefs know going in that they might get completely hosed and be sent home through no fault of their cooking ability. It's part cooking test, part MacGuyver test, and part "Sorry" (the classic board game). It comes together into a really entertaining show.

      At least they have the courtesy to test all of the sabotages and make sure that there's some way to overcome them (although they really ought to test the sabotages together, as several chefs have been sent home as a result of Sabotage Synergy)

      Often time, chefs simply fail to come up with the obvious solution to the sabotage. For example, the one with the cake boxes this past Sunday – grab some butcher's twine, punch a couple of holes with a knife or a honing steel, and you can use the cake boxes like romper stompers. For the gravy boats – nobody said you couldn't "augment" the gravy boats with aluminum foil to make more room for mixing, and if you invert them, there is plenty of room on the "foot" of the gravy boat to hold a biscuit in the oven like a tiny, one-biscuit sheet pan.

      All of the sabotages have an "out," an it's a test of the chef's ingenuity to figure out what it is. They are definitely contrived (planned with ingenuity, the meaning of the word) but I wouldn't say they're mean-spirited. They allow one chef to sacrifice potential winnings in order to test the other chefs' ingenuity, and they succeed marvelously at that.

    • Jeremy says:

      P.S. I am pretty sure that this show was mostly Alton's idea; or at least, he jumped at the chance to host it. Everyday kitchen ingenuity is Mr. Brown's wheelhouse, and a competitive cooking show that integrates that is the ideal thing for him to host. So to say he "deserves better" – again, I see where you're coming from, but I really disagree that it's about "deserving" something more. He clearly has a lot of fun with the show, and so do the judges and contestants. If you dislike it, you're free not to watch. But I hope it keeps going for a while, because I think it's a hoot.

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