by Maria Russo in Shows, October 30th, 2016
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 23rd, 2016
Most cocktail recipes are pretty straightforward: Mix, stir or shake, then pour (and sip). But of course on Cutthroat Kitchen, few things are as easy as they seem, especially on a night like tonight, which saw the finale of Alton Brown‘s first-ever Tournament of Terror.
Guest judge Anne Burrell was in for the ultimate dizzying drink when she visited the After-Show. She checked out a few sabotages, then landed atop an especially evilicious sabotage: the rotating bed from Round 3, atop which she had to prep a Bloody Mary. But in true Cutthroat fashion, it wasn’t all about the bed; it was what the bed did that made this challenge interesting. “There’s one thing that I left out, Anne. One thing,” Alton told her after she was settled with her ingredients. Within moments the mischievous mattress began moving, but Anne didn’t let that scare her, taking the motion in stride. “This is so fun,” Anne said, realizing the full extent of the sabotage. “Does this thing go any faster?”
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 10th, 2016
As a longtime Cutthroat Kitchen judge, Simon Majumdar has seen all manner of evilicious — and he’s even participated in some too. So when he joined the Tournament of Terror party tonight as the Heat 4 judge, he was hardly fazed by the shocking sabotages Alton Brown unveiled for him on the After-Show.
After checking out a diabolical trick-or-treating setup, digging up an ingredient casket in Alton’s graveyard and selecting his own weapon, Simon, wearing an impressive Wizard getup, stepped into what Alton, aka “Huggy the Clown,” called “the autumn chamber of horrors.” It was an expansive and elaborate enclosed room in which wind blew, leaves flew and lightning struck. For Chef Chase, who was saddled with this sabotage in Round 3 of tonight’s battle, the challenge proved to be downright maddening as he struggled to keep his elements of his pumpkin dessert free of incoming leaves. But for Simon, who was tasked by Alton to prep beef tartare in the room — using his choice of bone cutter, of course — the challenge was seemingly uneventful. Once Alton closed the door behind him, Simon simply put his head down and got to work, despite the flashing lights and airborne leaves surrounding him. “He’s going to be in there for at least an hour,” Alton said of Simon, who continued to shred away at the beef, no matter the eviliciousness of his surroundings.
Click the play button on the video above to watch what went down, and check out Alton’s and Simon’s unforgettable costumes up close.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 5th, 2016
If the first two weeks of Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror were any indication, Alton Brown is not holding back when it comes to his or the judges’ costumes. (Remember when Alton rolled in on a dolly while wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask in Heat 1?) This week’s installment, the third heat in the tournament, was no exception, with Alton sporting an alien getup and Jet Tila transforming himself into Jetbot 2000, a straightedged robot with decidedly clunky arms and legs. During the competition, Jet had a tricky time navigating the stairs into the kitchen, and on the After-Show, his struggles only continued.
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 28th, 2016
No stranger to Cutthroat Kitchen — or the evilicious escapades it’s been known to dish out to chefs and the judges alike — Antonia Lofaso had every right to be suspicious of a seemingly too-good-to-be-true sabotage during tonight’s new After-Show. Alton Brown introduced her to what he deemed “a little bitty haunted kitchen,” and he set her up with everything she’d need to execute deviled eggs: the ingredients, the tools and the space. But that didn’t stop her from trying to find out the horrors she (rightly) imagined would be there. After all, this was following Heat 2 of the Tournament of Terror, where the situation has been known to take a diabolical turn.
“You’re going to, like, start throwing things at me,” she predicted plainly. “Nothing is going to, like, grab me?” she questioned Alton. “OK, so what are they — what are you going to do?” she asked. “Is there something inside of my egg that shouldn’t be there?” Alton assured her there were no such surprises in store. But that didn’t mean there weren’t other horrors awaiting her. With a swift double knock on the exterior of the contraption, Antonia’s kitchen started to move, beginning its eventual 360- degree rotation right before her eyes. “Stop it! You were supposed to let me know that it was going to do that,” she shrieked as she attempted to grab her quickly falling equipment. Meanwhile, Alton, who was much too pleased with the surprise he pulled off, couldn’t help but smile and say: “Best. Day. Ever.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 27th, 2016
No matter the day or time, the Cutthroat Kitchen arena is often brimming with eviliciousness. But in tonight’s premiere heat of the Tournament of Terror, Alton Brown-turned-Hannibal Lecter upped the diabolical factor immeasurably and brought in spooky spirits to control a sabotage. After two rounds of downright scary-good challenges, the host introduced the “CTK Seance Board,” which let the spirits, not the doomed chef, select ingredients for a blood orange dessert in Round 3.
Chef Richard Blais, the judge of the day who donned a “Clarice Darling” getup like a champion, tried his hand at the board on the After-Show — and let’s just say that he was all too eager to partake in the experience. “The spirits are with me!” he proclaimed, with his eyes closed and head thrown back as the spirits (or rather the spirits of the Bob hidden in the table) took control. “What do the spirits want you to have?” Alton questioned, as Richard’s hand was dragged across the board on a figure before it ultimately landed on blood oranges. The judge took his fruit in stride, but little did he know the horrors that awaited him: first a clown sidekick, then a menacing shower prep station that required careful manipulation.
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 21st, 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 14th, 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, September 7th, 2016
If the first three weeks of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge were any indication, anything can happen while chefs are tucked away in the deep woods. And on tonight’s new episode — the fourth heat and the last preliminary battle before next Wednesday’s finale face-off — it seems as if Richard Blais, the judge of the day, had prepared himself for the worst, as he showed up to camp outfitted with not only sunglasses and a hat, but a heavy-duty backpack and a fanny pack as well. “You are certainly rigged for adventure,” Alton Brown told the judge during the After-Show. It turns out it was a good thing that Richard came dressed for a number of occasions, because Alton was quick to test the judge’s outdoor survival skills.
“Think of it as a wax museum of horror,” Alton told Richard, introducing him to a few Heat 4 challenges. Sure, Richard saw the hanging tent, and indeed he came face to face with the snacks-turned-grill-coals. But the main event that awaited him wasn’t on land — it was in the water in the form of an ingredient hunt around the lake on a Jet-Ski-towed sled.
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.
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.