by Maria Russo in Shows, September 27th, 2016
by Maria Russo in Contests, Food Network Chef, September 26th, 2016
Fresh off a whirlwind (and wild) summer at Camp Cutthroat, Alton Brown is heading back to the evilicious arena tomorrow night, but what awaits isn’t his usual lot of diabolical escapades. Instead, he’s set to kick off a five-part Tournament of Terror (Wednesdays at 11|10c), complete with all manner of ghastly, horrific and simply scary-good sabotages, just in time for the upcoming Halloween holiday. The 16 chefs that will face off in four preliminary heats and one over-the-top finale know to anticipate competitive rivals, trying challenges and judges’ commentary. But nothing can prepare them for the fear that Alton will instill.
We caught up with Alton about the new tournament in an exclusive interview, and he previewed the kinds of next-level Halloween shenanigans on deck for the Tournament of Terror. “Cuddles the Clown,” is one particularly incredible costume he’ll debut, he noted. Read on below to hear more from Alton and find out his take on homemade Halloween candy.
You’ve done Halloween-themed Cutthroat Kitchen episodes before but never a full tournament like this. What can fans except to see?
Alton Brown: We’ve built five shows that are essentially a bunch of love letters to Halloween. We’ve taken every scary movie trope and tactic and twisted them into sabotages. Oh, and they can also expect a lot of costumes.
We’ve seen a sneak peek of some of the costumes you wear in Tournament of Terror, and they’re pretty extravagant (and amazing). Do you have a favorite?
AB: Three words: Cuddles the Clown.
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 21st, 2016
You know he’s the master of all things food science and the unequivocal expert of eviliciousness on Cutthroat Kitchen. But do you know what Alton Brown makes himself for breakfast? Probably not — but that’s about to change.
His brand-new cookbook, Alton Brown: EveryDayCook, is a collection of the eats and drinks he preps at home on a day-to-day basis, the tried-and-true picks that are all his own. Including new takes on morning staples like oatmeal, a kale salad you’ll actually want to eat, sweet treats like spiked bread pudding and much more, EveryDayCook features the best of Alton’s personal recipe repertoire, all up for grabs for you, his fans.
“I was trying to rediscover myself as a cook and as always (for me) find a new way to approach an accepted form,” Alton told us recently of the inspiration for this book. In the exclusive interview below, he shares more about what writing EveryDayCook taught him about his style of cooking and he details an over-the-top menu for cooking from the book for the first time. Read on to hear what he has to say, then find out how to be entered to win a copy of EveryDayCook for free.
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 7th, 2016
Though Alton Brown frequently makes the Bobs endure all manner of evilicious escapades in the name of sabotage on Cutthroat Kitchen, on tonight’s After-Show, two of his sidekicks suffered nothing short of an epic battle following the Camp Cutthroat 2 finale.
To celebrate the fifth and final heat of his wild camp tournament, Alton waged a down-and-dirty war on the top-two chefs in Round 3, complete with barbed wire, fox holes and “grenades” (aka water balloons). Just like chefs Daniel and Gabriel had to face off, so too did two Bobs on the After-Show, only the Bobs weren’t tasked with outcooking each other; they simply had to scurry their way through Alton’s makeshift “race course,” as the host called it. But just because Alton and judge Richard Blais weren’t about to race through the dirt doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy a little competition of their own. “I’m putting all of [my money] on Crockett,” Richard proclaimed, betting on the Bob who donned a Davy Crockett-style faux-raccoon hat to win the race. Alton, however, showed his support for “short Bob,” he said, before moving to a rock perch to launch water-balloon grenades at the Bob with Richard.
by Maria Russo in Shows, August 31st, 2016
It’s not unusual for Cutthroat Kitchen challenges to demand that chefs think outside the culinary box when it comes to prepping and cooking their dishes while under the burden of sabotages. After all, success in these contests comes to those who are resourceful and willing to go to any lengths necessary to finish the battle — and host Alton Brown did just that tonight.
On the latest installment of the After-Show, following tonight’s Heat 3 of the Camp Cutthroat 2 tournament, he and judge Simon Majumdar found themselves with one hand apiece “locked” in a boulder, just like two chefs were in Round 1 of the episode. That meant that while Simon’s sole remaining hand was left to cook, Alton’s was on hand to prep the cheese, bread and produce he found in his basket, then ultimately turn the ingredients over to Simon. One loaf of bread, one knife and one hand — how to slice in those conditions? If you’re Alton, the answer is simple: Just sit on the bread to keep it still. He indeed perched himself atop the loaf on the prep table, leaving just enough of the bread exposed to make a few slices. And as for that tricky tomato? Gently suspend it between your legs, of course. “This is a very sensitive operation,” Alton joked, taking care to keep the knife away from his exposed knees.
by Maria Russo in Shows, August 31st, 2016
On the set of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge, the sabotage situation proved to be a mixed bag for judge Antonia Lofaso. While she did find herself stuck in Alton Brown‘s Big Foot, a boot that she shared with the host, she won the opportunity to better her challenge fate after she bested the host in an impromptu rock-paper-scissors face-off. It was up to her to decide which animal-inspired cutting tool he would work with to prep a chopped salad, and ultimately she gave him the cat-claw gloves; the host saddled her with the bird beak. And almost immediately she realized the severity of the eviliciousness before her.
by Maria Russo in Shows, August 24th, 2016
On any given day, Cutthroat Kitchen is a scary place for chefs to be. It’s full of unforeseen pitfalls, like diabolical sabotages, not to mention an evilicious host who has no qualms about unleashing horror upon the competitors. But beginning next month, things will get a lot more frightening in the Cutthroat arena, as Alton Brown is set to kick off Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10|9c, fearless chefs will come together for a five-part celebration of all things spooktacular. In true Cutthroat fashion, there will be no shortage of startling sabotages, but this time the focus will be on Halloween-themed cooking and challenges. Think witches, mummies and ghosts — and their usual tricks and treats, of course. A total of 16 chefs will face off over four preliminary heats, then it’s on to the grand finale, when the winners of those early rounds will return for an anything-can-happen final showdown.
by Julia Caroline Smith in Shows, August 24th, 2016
Wild, unpredictable and downright diabolical, the sabotages that host Alton Brown is set to unleash upon the Camp Cutthroat 2 chefs are surely going to be some of his most evilicious ever. In tonight’s premiere, we saw just how challenging they would be — for both the competitors and the judge.
Chef Kate, who managed to earn Heat 1 glory and a spot in the finale, was forced to abandon her basket ingredients for meat and potatoes, and instead she had to use what Alton called a “potato gun” to shoot for subpar replacements in Round 2. Come the After-Show, Jet Tila was prepared to take aim with the same rifle, but unfortunately for the judge, he had to wear an unwieldly suit of sticks and moss; Alton said he hoped to “level the playing field a little bit,” noting Jet’s superior shooting skills. “You’re a much better marksman than I am,” Alton admitted. However, that’s not quite what happened when the guys took aim, Jet clad in his camo getup.
by Maria Russo in Shows, August 17th, 2016
Alton Brown is out for revenge. After last summer’s evil sabotages and ridiculous antics, Camp Cutthroat is coming back for its second season with even more surprises and challenges. But before you tune in for the premiere on August 24 at 10 p.m., head over to Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel, because Camp Cutthroat is taking over. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the madness that is Camp Cutthroat. Don’t wait too long, though, because Alton’s crazy antics and savvy sabotages will stay on Snapchat for only 24 hours.
by Maria Russo in Shows, August 10th, 2016
Following tonight’s brand-new fried-food episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the After-Show started innocently enough: Judge Jet Tila had his shopping basket in hand, ready to take on the pantry and gather ingredients to cook. “This always gives me anxiety,” he admitted. And no sooner did the judge voice that admission did he start to experience the all-too-familiar pain of host Alton Brown‘s eviliciousness. First up: the basket. Alton ditched it and instead saddled Jet with a long-billed fish onto which he had to thread his pantry ingredients. From there the situation simply turned more and more diabolical.
“Bring in the giant chicken leg, please,” Alton called out as Jet attempted to start his tempura-fried shrimp. Sure enough, Jet found himself about to cook with one leg inside that oversize chicken leg, but he took it in stride — until Alton gave him yet another sabotage, a chicken wing, of course. “Oh, come on,” Jet proclaimed. “I’m going to cheat,” he added, resorting to using both of his hands to prep, though the competitor wasn’t so lucky in the cooking round. With both hands in motion, Jet managed to prep his shrimp and the corresponding batter, and the situation looked manageable. But then eviliciousness struck again: Enter the churro Bobs. “Call your Bobs off!” Jet pleaded with Alton as two Bobs sandwiched Jet as he attempted to move about the kitchen. Both the judge and the host managed to present fried shrimp, though Alton wasn’t shy about proclaiming which he thought was the strongest. (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t Jet’s shrimp.)
Well, we’ve reached a new dawn in the land of Cutthroat Kitchen. On tonight’s special-edition superhero installment of Alton’s After-Show, host Alton Brown and judge Antonia Lofaso abandoned their earthly bodies and became Fry-der Man and Super Judge, respectively. For Alton, his impersonation involved none other than a jetpack-like backpack of oversize french fries, as well as a mask and hand made out of fry baskets; Antonia found herself flying (that is, hanging) in the air parallel to the floor, at the mercy of what Alton called “the four winds,” aka the Bobs. “It’s not my fault. I’m not in charge of them,” Alton explained to Antonia as she attempted to comprehend the predicament in which she found herself.
For this After-Show challenge, both Fry-der Man and Super Judge were tasked with putting their superhero spins on a classic hero sandwich, a simple task to be sure — or so it seemed. “I can’t even reach my olive oil,” Antonia declared at the outset, stretching her arms from the sling in an attempt to grab the bottle. Meanwhile, Alton was dealing with a struggle of his own. Thanks to the fry basket he was forced to carry in one hand, his chopping abilities were severely lacking, so much so that he resorted to simply smashing a lead of lettuce and a few olives for his sandwich. “That is unnecessary,” Antonia noted of the whacking going down on the station beside her. Both managed to put forth sandwiches, but ultimately only Antonia was able to experience the magic of superhero flight as the Bobs swept her around the kitchen to pick up plates.