by Maria Russo in Shows, April 3rd, 2016
by Maria Russo in Shows, March 27th, 2016
Just when you thought you’d seen it all on Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown unveiled a sabotage so downright diabolical that he and the judge of the day had to don not-so-special attire. In order to show off the sabotage to judge Antonia Lofaso during the After-Show, both she and he had to ditch their fancy show clothes for ones they wouldn’t mind getting a bit, um, soaked.
by Maria Russo in Shows, March 20th, 2016
While Cutthroat Kitchen chefs indeed struggle as they attempt to execute their dishes, the plates that host Alton Brown asks them to make aren’t inherently tricky; it’s the sabotages, of course, that that cause the chefs the most trouble. Most weeks the competitors are tasked with making everyday items like granola, blondies or spring rolls, which was the Round 1 dish in tonight’s all-new episode. Preparing such a dish within the allotted 30 minutes should be doable — after all, all they need to do is cook up a protein, chop a few ingredients for the filling and roll everything in a wrapper. Easy, right? The judge of the day, Jet Tila, made the process look downright simple as he showed off his foolproof technique for rolling competitor-worthy spring rolls during tonight’s After-Show. Read on below to learn his top tips, then click the play button on the video above to watch him and Alton in action.
1. Use restraint when wetting the wonton wrappers. “The secret is very simple,” Jet says. “Don’t oversoak these.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, March 13th, 2016
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the 11 seasons of Cutthroat Kitchen, it’s that Alton Brown doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. The sabotages he auctions off, the downright hilarious getups he dons and the Bobs he keeps on hand — it’s all part of an ingenious kind of evilicious he calls his own. After tonight’s all-new episode, Alton and the judge of the day, Jet Tila, took to the Cutthroat arena during the After-Show to try their hands at a particularly diabolical challenge: the jittery prep table. But in true evilicious fashion, Alton was quick to find a way to rig the table and nearly outsmart the sabotage.
by Maria Russo in Shows, February 28th, 2016
It’s the name of the Cutthroat Kitchen game: Chefs don’t know which sabotages in particular will befall them in any given round of competition. But two contestants on tonight’s episode were in for perhaps the ultimate shock when host Alton Brown unveiled the “shock-shuka” challenge.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 31st, 2016
It’s not every day that famed producer, director and actor William Shatner drops by on Cutthroat Kitchen, so when he does, it’s no surprise that special attention must be paid. The guest joined the judges’ panel tonight for a brand-new man-cave-themed episode, and as the “manliest of all men,” he was well-equipped to critique chefs’ dishes of bacon, burgers and booze. Come the After-Show, host Alton Brown showed off some of the day’s challenges — and even let Shatner shoot a bit of pool on set — but the real surprise for the judge came not from a sabotage but from Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team member Chelsey.
by Maria Russo in Shows, January 24th, 2016
Fresh off the chopping block, Ted Allen joined the ranks of eviliciousness tonight when he stopped by for his first-ever turn as a Cutthroat Kitchen guest judge. The Chopped judge is used to watching chef competitors try their hands at downright oddball ingredients in their mystery baskets, but on Cutthroat Kitchen, he had no knowledge of chefs’ struggles with sabotages — until he experienced them for himself on the After-Show.
Alton Brown and Ted faced off in prepping — what else but — a chopped salad, which was the Round 1 dish of the day. And in true evilicious fashion, they could use only garden tools for their utensils. “Oh, no. Oh, no,” Ted said as he learned of the sabotage. He ultimately chose to work with the weed whacker in his mini battle with Alton, who was left to use a tiller to prep his salad. “Look at that. That’s gorgeous,” Ted proclaimed after successfully shredding lettuce with the weed whacker, though he found out later that the device “doesn’t work as well on the cucumber.” He admitted, “I don’t think I’m going to get an A+ in weed-whacker knife skills on that one.” Though Alton appeared to struggle a bit when it came time to chop a red pepper, he managed to serve a completed salad to a Bob, all while Ted was still working his way through ingredients.
by Maria Russo in Shows, January 17th, 2016
It’s not uncommon for Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages to throw competitors off their A-game, but one challenge in particular knocked them off their feet tonight — literally. Ever a fan of culinary puns, host Alton Brown auctioned off a sabotage that challenged two chefs to prep flatbread as they laid flat on their backs. In theory the execution seems simple: Just use your hands to feel, right? But what happens when it comes time to roll out the dough or chop ingredients? Simon Majumdar learned these lessons the hard way tonight, when he experienced the challenge firsthand during the latest installment of the After-Show as he was challenged to make flatbread.
“Chapati is a wheat-flour Indian bread,” Simon explained of the dish he set out to make, though in true Cutthroat fashion, he wasn’t allowed to prep it in a straightforward manner. Enter the flat-top prep table. “I want you to experience this the way that the competitors had to,” Alton told Simon. “So just hop up on here and lay flat.” While Simon managed to roll out his dough on a block atop his torso and ultimately move it to the stove, he dodged slicing duties, thanks to Alton. The host took over chopping the cucumber for Simon’s raita — and once again Simon’s midsection proved to be a worthwhile prep area, and Alton set up another cutting board there so the judge could lie down. “Lay still now. This knife is sharp. I’ve never cut on a moving surface like this, and I could slip,” Alton joked as he maneuvered the knife just inches from Simon’s face.
by Maria Russo in Shows, January 3rd, 2016
Just when you thought nothing could be funnier than the time Alton Brown and Jet Tila bobbed for doughnuts together, the Cutthroat Kitchen host-judge duo delivered what may be the most-hilarious After-Show to date. And that’s thanks in part to a key piece of equipment, or, rather, wardrobe: the sumo suit.
After a sabotage forced two chefs to don sumo suits and wrestle for ingredients during the yakitori round, Alton and Jet too found their way inside this oversize getup, only they made bananas Foster. And while they weren’t forced to tackle each other in the hopes of grabbing the necessary ingredients, the guys couldn’t resist a few friendly scuffles and some good-natured jostling while enduring the weight of the suits.
“This is the best day of my Cutthroat life, right here,” Jet admitted before he and Alton got started on their dessert face-off. But no sooner did they begin than the scuffles started. After Alton side-bumped Jet as they prepared to race to the pantry, Jet grabbed Alton’s suit, holding the host back from going inside. It didn’t take long before Alton threw what he deemed to be “counter measures,” aka the contents of a container, at Jet as they were shopping; soon afterward, Jet bombarded the host at the refrigerator. Though it may seem like the guys were focused more on play than prep in the kitchen, they indeed managed to turn out impressive bananas Foster, Jet even going so far as to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 27th, 2015
While some Cutthroat Kitchen chefs are able to endure the wrath of sabotage and survive to cook in the next round, many past competitors have met their doom when a downright diabolical challenge presented them with a test they couldn’t pass. On tonight’s all-new After-Show, host Alton Brown explained to judge Simon Majumdar that such was the scene on the latest episode for two contestants who were ultimately sent home on account of evilicious sabotages.
“We had two sabotages today that sent people home,” Alton said. “They were game-changing sabotages.” And sure enough, Alton added that it was those very same sabotages that he and Simon would be trying their hands at as well. Enter the weathervane and the ladle set; the former was Chef Sarah’s sole cooking vessel, and the latter Chef Matthew had to mix in and cook with. While the competitors had to prep chicken cacciatore and doughnuts with their sabotages, respectively, Alton and Simon were set to put scrambled eggs on the table instead.
Surviving Cutthroat Kitchen is tricky enough for a chef who’s trying to manage his or her own lot of eviliciousness, but when a particularly diabolical challenge requires two chefs to work together in the hopes of surviving, the feelings of doom in the arena only increase. Such a scene unfolded during tonight’s all-new episode, and during the After-Show later on, host Alton Brown revealed what he deemed a challenge diabolical enough for the ages. “This is probably [among the] top 10 sabotages of all time,” he told Simon Majumdar, the judge of the day, while revealing a pair of wraparound bars that forced chefs Betty and Michael to work in tandem while making tandoori chicken.
“As you dose out the pain of sending people home, I figured that it would be good for you to kind of get an idea of what this felt like,” Alton explained to Simon as the guys attempted to settle into this oddball contraption. Though they didn’t have to attempt tandoori chicken on the After-Show, Alton and Simon indeed tried their (tied) hands at potato pancake prep work. After a few initial fumbles, the host and judge found their rhythm, and Simon couldn’t help but wonder about the chefs who had to endure this sabotage. “We’re grating, so that’s easy peasy, lemon squeezy,” he said. “But what were they doing?” Alton explained that the competitors had a few more tasks at hand, like “trying to cut chicken and make all their seasonings and mix up everything that they needed.” As for the host, he could only somewhat describe how such an experience felt as he endured it. “It’s kind of like you’re being a puppet and not being a puppet,” Alton said.