Coming into Cutthroat Kitchen, the chefs know to expect sabotage, backstabbing and true competition. So the only things they can rely on are their skills and experience, but sometimes in the heat of battle those skills and experience go right out the window. After all, the chefs are racing to finish their plates while also maneuvering sabotages they’ve been dealt that often lead their dishes down a disastrous road.
In the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show, the host and this week’s judge, Jet Tila, dished on the competitors’ seeming disregard for key basics in cooking, such as taste and texture, and their inability to have a dish live up to some sort of standard of expectation.
Taste is No. 1, explained Jet, when talking about Round 1′s spaghetti and meatballs, where one of the sabotages took away the ability to taste from three of the chefs. “You have to have cooked for a phenomenal amount of years to just cook by feel,” says Jet. Alton added that it’s especially true when it comes to making sauce, which often needs many tastings before it’s ready to be served. These chefs were too brash in thinking they didn’t need to taste — and even Chef Davidi who won the auction didn’t manage to put out a flavorful dish. When it came to the wings in Round 2, stuffing them with ingredients that made no sense — like Chef Glick’s celery and carrot batons — just went to show there was no forethought. And the chef’s use of bottled sauce did nothing to show creativity. In Round 3, it all came down to a lack of experience when making the doughnuts. Each chef’s doughnuts turned out to be leaden balls of dough, far from the fluffy, airy confections that anyone would expect.
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The next stop on Episode 5 of The Great Food Truck Race was a turning point for the four remaining food trucks. This was the chance for those who’d perpetually been in the middle or in the bottom to break out of their rut. But the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul proved to bring double the difficulty the teams had expected. Tyler promised the teams wouldn’t have a Speed Bump on day one, but he ended up springing a Truck Stop challenge on them, one that none of the teams were able to accomplish. On day two, another Truck Stop was much more attainable for all the teams but one, leading to its elimination.
SPOILER ALERT: Find Out Which Team Was Eliminated
This Saturday on Food Network, get cooking in the kitchen with brand-new episodes from Trisha, Ina and Giada, and the premiere of a new show, Heartland Table, from Midwesterner Amy Thielen. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is joined by Michael Symon to cook up a Greek feast. Later, tune in for a special Cupcake Wars celebrating Marilyn Monroe’s birthday.
On Sunday morning, watch Jamie Deen cook with his family, and later learn the tricks to healthy grilling from Bobby Flay. On Sunday night, the competition heats up with a new episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off featuring guest judge Marion Ross from TV’s Happy Days. And afterward, watch as the teams in The Great Food Truck Race are confronted with Twin Cities and twin Truck Stop challenges. Then watch a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen and a special Iron Chef America where Iron Chef Marc Forgione teams up with his dad to take on challenger Jonathan Waxman.
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On tonight’s Chef Wanted, CEO Eric Van Den Haute and manager Miguel Baeza were looking for an executive chef to oversee the three locations of Cafe Sevilla in Southern California. They needed a chef who had an expert grasp of Spanish cuisine, who would convey the 30-year legacy of Cafe Sevilla, which specializes in tapas. Anne Burrell brought in four candidates for the job opportunity, but only one was offered the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
SPOILER ALERT: Find Out Who Won
Once the competitors on Cutthroat Kitchen
complete their brief 60 seconds of pantry shopping, they can’t say for certain what will come next, blissfully unaware of the ingredient swaps, time freezes and utensil prohibitions with which they will be forced to comply when cooking. Host Alton Brown
‘s deliciously mischievous competition is just four weeks into its premiere season, yet chefs have already experienced interferences like prepared pie crust in place of pizza dough, the inability to use salt in their taco dishes and the challenge of fashioning their only utensils out of aluminum foil.
Two of the seemingly most insurmountable sabotages, however, occurred in the first two weeks of the series, when Alton revealed French wine and blue cheese, which had to be featured in one chef’s French toast preparation, and bright-green sour apple gummy candies, which were to be used in place of fresh apples when making a dish of pork chops and apple sauce. What happened next in both instances was a no-nonsense bidding war, with several contestants willing to go to great lengths — and exorbitant sums — to avoid cooking with these products themselves.
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Going to the supermarket can often feel like a competition, especially when you’re racing to get in and out in record time, or trying to get the best bang for your buck with specials, sales and coupons. And when you’re looking for all the ingredients for a recipe, just finding everything can be an exercise in frustration while getting to know the store’s stocking system. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually get rewarded for all the troubles of grocery shopping? Well, now Food Network is turning the supermarket into a battleground with the new show, Guy’s Grocery Games
(premiering Oct. 20 at 8pm/7c), hosted by the one-and-only Guy Fieri
“I think that Triple G is a first of its kind,” Guy recently told FN Dish. “There are two common concepts here: cooking and shopping. But we’ve never really highlighted the shopping before. We’ve seen shopping competition shows before, but now we’re taking the shopping component and the chef’s creativity and mixing in time, money and challenges. Bundle it altogether and you’ve got a super high powered, family-friendly show on Food Network. That’s what this show is going to be.”
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Do you think you’re one of the worst cooks in America? Do your friends and family tell you so? If you’re the kind of home cook who scorches even water, then the producers of Worst Cooks in America want to hear from you.
Apply now to be on Season 5 of the show. If your cooking skills and culinary knowledge — or lack thereof — are so bad that you get chosen as a finalist, you’ll get the chance to be mentored in Boot Camp-style cooking challenges. Who knows? You may even come out the winner — and a better cook for it. And you’ll have the opportunity to show the world that there is success even after many, many failures in the kitchen.
Apply here to be on the show
Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri are back together again to battle it out, but this time it’s not with celebrities — it’s with kids. Last Sunday, for the first time, they started mentoring eight of the most talented kid chefs in the new series Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off (Sundays at 8pm/7c).
“No one gets eliminated in this series. This competition is about educating, mentoring, encouraging and empowering the kids,” Guy recently said in an interview. “You’ll sit there, watch them and just be amazed. Whether you have kids or not, you’ll watch this show and ask yourself, ‘Why wasn’t this done 10 years ago?’ That’s the kind of show it is. That’s the kind of energy it brings.”
On this past Sunday’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race, the five remaining teams rolled into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Their stop was Rapid City, the second-largest city in the state with a booming tourism industry. The teams faced competition from local businesses and found themselves adapting to locals’ tastes when Tyler challenged them to add buffalo to their menus. But South Dakota is famous for more than just buffalo and Mount Rushmore. There are many great restaurants to choose from when visiting — whether you’re craving a buffalo burger or not. FN Dish has rounded up some terrific food options in South Dakota from Food Network’s On the Road guide. Check them out below.
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No matter how prepared a chef may be when he walks into Cutthroat Kitchen
, or how well-conceived his ideas are for one round’s challenge dish, he can’t say for certain whether he’ll be able to use those skills or his thought-out plan, as a sabotage may ultimately get the better of him. The key to success in this contest is a competitor’s ability to adapt to culinary interferences as he meets them — finding new ways to add flavor to food when salt isn’t an option and learning how to fashion utensils out of foil when traditional devices are prohibited, among them.
But what happens when, whether because of strategic game play or simple good fortune, a chef has the opportunity — the time, ingredients and equipment — to make just what he had intended?
In the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show, the host and this week’s judge, Antonia Lofaso, dished on the competitors’ seeming need to do more and cook more than they ought to have or needed to simply because they could.
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