by Maria Russo in Shows, August 14th, 2014
by Nikhita Mahtani in Shows, August 10th, 2014
In just one year, Cutthroat Kitchen fans have watched as hopeful chefs have donned souffle suits, stooped inside mini kitchens and spun the Wheel of Heat, all in the name of sabotage — and at the hands of Alton Brown. The no-nonsense host is no stranger to the ruthless challenges that befall competitors round after round; after all, he’s doled out and auctioned off every single one. FN Dish caught up with Alton recently to learn his thoughts on a year of contests and get his advice for approaching infamous sabotages.
Cutthroat Kitchen recently celebrated its first on-air birthday, and it’s getting set to air its fifth season soon. Why do you think the show is so popular?
Alton Brown: It’s a game; it’s an actual game. People love games. And it’s a kind of game where anything can happen — and often does. And I think people like that too. That’s it. It’s a game; people like games. Sabotage is fun. It’s fun to see what is going to come out of that shelf later.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Shows, August 3rd, 2014
As this week’s episode of Cutthroat Kitchen
demonstrates, sometimes the most-obvious sabotages don’t involve ingredient swaps or fancy equipment, but simply taking away a chef’s most-desired tool: his hands. In the falafel round, two chefs had to hold hands the entire time they were preparing their dishes.
“That’s so sweet!” said judge Antonia Lofaso on this week’s After-Show. But she learned how difficult the challenge could be when host Alton Brown explained to her that they couldn’t move their cooking stations closer together. “That defeats the purpose of peace,” said Alton. Still, the chefs made it through in the end, thanks to each of them having the opposite dominant hand in the round. “What are the chances?” said Alton.
Click play on the video above to see how the chefs worked through the sabotage, and hear what judge Antonia had to say about it.
by FN Dish Editor in Contests, Food Network Chef, July 29th, 2014
This week on Cutthroat Kitchen
, history was made as an ingredient was sold for the highest amount ever paid for a sabotage on the show: $16,500. The sabotage in question was none other than the pickled ginger that replaced all of Chef Christina’s ground ginger in the gingersnap cookie round, as host Alton Brown
tried to trip up the contestants by having them use ingredients that they were unfamiliar with in dishes that they know and love.
Judge Simon Majumdar, however, didn’t think that the ingredient should have gone for that much. “It has a flavor,” said judge Simon. “If you can use other spices alongside of it, you can get away.” This is exactly what Chef Christina did, and she secured the win. Alton explained, “I actually like that stuff in cookies, because I feel like it balances the sweetness, as well as the bitterness, of the molasses very well.” Chef Christina walked away with a whopping $18,500.
Click play on the video above to see how Chef Christina made use of the pickled ginger in her dish, and hear judge Simon’s reaction.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Community, July 23rd, 2014
Alton is Food Network’s resident food historian, the overall respected voice of reason as a mentor-judge on Food Network Star, and the evilicious host of Cutthroat Kitchen.
Now fans of Alton’s have the ultimate chance to win an autographed cutting board, as well as a copy of his Good Eats 3 cookbook.
by Sarah De Heer in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 23rd, 2014
If there’s anything you ever wanted to ask Alton Brown, now’s your chance. The evilicious host of Cutthroat Kitchen and judge on Food Network Star will be hosting a Twitter chat this Friday, June 25, at 1pm. Simply tweet your question with the hash tag #AskAlton and see what witty answer he responds with.
Catch the chat at 1pm, Friday, July 25
by Nikhita Mahtani in Shows, July 20th, 2014
is in full swing (now in its fourth season), and with time also come lessons learned — many lessons learned. Frequent judge Simon Majumdar recently revealed the mind
of a Cutthroat judge to FN Dish, and now host Alton Brown
is sharing survival techniques. From the pantry to the kitchen, Alton breaks down the most-common mistakes that can easily be rectified, as well as how a chef should best prep himself or herself for sabotages.
Click play on the video above to learn Alton’s tips for acing round after round in the Cutthroat arena.
by Sarah De Heer in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 16th, 2014
host Alton Brown
‘s sabotages can involve any number of evilicious plans, such as replacing a contestant’s prime ingredient with an inferior one or taking one’s cooking tools away. While these sabotages are bad enough themselves, Alton took evil to a new level in the fondue challenge, where he took away all of one chef’s ingredients and replaced them with his ‘Party Fondue Pot’, a large container of melted nacho cheese that hid a number of ingredients in its depth.
Chef Tom was given this sabotage and had to hunt through the 35 gallons of cheese to find something he could use for the fondue. Alton noted to judge Jet Tila on this week’s After-Show, though, that Chef Tom didn’t use any of the cheese from Alton’s pot in his fondue. “I would have used a little of this just as an emulsifier,” said Alton. “Because then you don’t have to worry about texture! This stuff’s never going to clump.” Still, Chef Tom walked away the winner, thanks to Chef Matt’s lack of starch in his cheese sauce.
Click play on the video above to see the Party Fondue Pot up close, and hear Jet’s reaction.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Community, July 13th, 2014
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Alton Brown for a day? It’s not easy. I mean, sure, there are numerous perks and fun moments. But to tape a TV show, in this case Cutthroat Kitchen
, takes a lot of work. FN Dish had the opportunity to shadow the host of this evilicious show and capture the ins and outs of a full day of taping (one day equals one episode). He opened up the door to his trailer, and showed us where he gets his coffee and how he enters each show and interacts with the culinary production team. Have you ever asked yourself whether the money in that briefcase is real? Alton dishes on that too.
Click play on the video above and follow Alton as he goes from his trailer to the set of Cutthroat Kitchen.
by Cameron Curtis in Food Network Chef, In Season, July 1st, 2014
For a healthy summer snack that’s as easy to make as it is delicious, try your hand at Alton Brown‘s Hummus for Real recipe. Alton uses a slow cooker to get the chickpeas to the perfect consistency for mashing into the dip, and provides the perfect proportions of spices and flavors, from lime juice and garlic to tahini and olive oil. Serve it with pita or carrot sticks and you have a craveable snack worthy of being this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week.
For more nutritious recipe inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Hummus for Real
Cutthroat host Alton Brown knows the ultimate grilling sabotage. “Easy,” he says, “a dirty grill. When grills get dirty, they don’t conduct heat properly. Food will wind up sticking to the surface and will take on the flavor of the grill.” Proper grill cleaning and upkeep will prevent this from happening. If your food does get stuck, though, get the grill hot, then lightly saturate a paper towel with oil and, using tongs, swipe it gently over the surface of the grate. Brush your grill down well once you’re done cooking every meal so you’re not stuck cleaning right before dinner next time.
Check out Alton’s tips for a clean grill.