Summertime means times to grill, and while it may seem simple enough to head outside, throw a piece of meat on a flame and watch it cook, understanding the grill takes a bit of practice. The more you do it, the more successful your results will be. Just in time for the upcoming Camp Cutthroat tournament (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c), in which host Alton Brown takes a crew of unhappy campers into the wilderness for a five-week display of alfresco eviliciousness and plenty of outdoor cooking, FN Dish wants to know: How much of a grilling expert are you? Test your knowledge of all things coals, flames and flare-ups, and find out if you’re a Rookie Roaster, a Charbroiled Champ or a Grill Master.
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Famous for its (hilariously wonderful) outlandish sabotages thrown at innocent chefs, Cutthroat Kitchen has forced its share of mandatory oddball ingredients into competitors’ dishes — anyone remember that canned whole chicken? On tonight’s all-new episode, host Alton Brown took that idea of diabolical eviliciousness one step further by introducing canned haggis during the Scotch egg battle in Round 1. If you’ve never before heard of haggis, here’s what you need to know: It’s a hodgepodge of animal, often including stomach, liver and heart, and it’s often mixed with spices. Instead of traditional sausage to envelop the egg, one chef had to use this mystery canned meat — this particular can full of lamb heart and liver, pork fat and dehydrated onion — much to the horror of Jet Tila, the judge of the day.
“And you know who had to eat that,” he told Alton sarcastically during the After-Show, adding that Chef Plum, who was saddled with this doozy of a sabotage, “failed to turn that haggis into a good Scotch egg.” Turning the tables on the judge, Alton asked Jet how he would have approached this challenge, and Jet explained that it’s all about masking the natural flavor of the haggis. “More seasoning — maybe onion, lots of dry spices, maybe some fresh herbs as well. You would have to cook that gaminess out of it,” he noted.
It’s true what they say: Bobs have more fun. On tonight’s brand-new installment of Alton’s After-Show, two of the Cutthroat Kitchen Bobs — the guys in charge of demoing and deconstructing host Alton Brown’s seemingly never-ending loot of sabotages — faced off in a diabolical yet hilarious horse race, all in the name of explaining to judge Jet Tila just what three chefs endured in Round 1’s biscuit breakfast battle.
Propped up on inflatable horses, the Bobs took their marks at the front of the arena and bounced around the kitchen for a full lap, much to the delight of Alton and Jet, who watched the mayhem unfold. “Coming around the gate it’s the kind-of-sort-of-bald-headed-skinny Bob taking the lead over the bespectacled Bob, who better catch up,” Alton said, narrating the race in his best announcer voice. In the end, Alton declared the match a draw, though “the bespectacled Bob” lost his balance at the very end, toppling to the ground on his side so the bouncy horse was belly up for a moment. “Great sabotage,” Jet said after realizing what challenges these horses held for the three sabotaged chefs.
Unusually Sized Rodents, Unhappy Campers and the Ultimate S’mores: Alton Brown Previews Camp Cutthroatby Maria Russo in Shows, July 14th, 2015
Summertime in the woods at camp … a time for late-night dives in a cool lake, fireside chants with friends and as much mess-hall grub as you can eat, right? Wrong, at least when Alton Brown’s in charge of camp. On his all-new series Camp Cutthroat, he’ll take the most-diabolical aspects of the classic rounds of eviliciousness and send them to the great outdoors for a five-part tournament of wilderness — and sabotage — survival.
Just in time for next month’s premiere (Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c), FN Dish caught up with Alton to chat about his plans for the sure-to-be-unhappy campers he’ll be welcoming to the woods. “I just throw out the most-horrible things I can think of!” he said of what’s in store, adding that when it comes to chefs’ preparedness, they ought to come equipped with “Rodent-of-Unusual-Size repellent and anything-that-stings repellent” when they show up. Read on to hear more from Alton and learn his secret for making the ultimate s’mores.
What 10 essential pieces of equipment should these chefs pack in their duffle bags for the tournament?
Alton Brown: Bear repellent, snake repellent, wolf repellent, mosquito repellent, Rodent-of-Unusual-Size repellent, anything-that-stings repellent, wolverine repellent, skunk repellent, mountain lion repellent and snacks.
Are you a camper or a glamper? Tell us about your most-memorable outdoor trip.
AB: I am most certainly not a “glamper,” as I almost never line the floor of my yurt with the “good” rugs. And my espresso machine is solar-powered. As for my most-memorable camping excursion, well … I can’t talk about it. …
Tune in to the premiere on Camp Cutthroat on Wednesday, Aug., 12 at 9|8c.
A Cutthroat Kitchen judge since the earliest days of the series, Antonia Lofaso surely knows the ins and outs of the competition. But on tonight’s all-new episode, she proved just how much of an expert she is in the world of master sabotage. “Round 3: blondies. And our very first one was this interesting brownie pan,” Alton Brown said to her during the host’s After-Show while introducing her to the pan. He was about to explain the intricacies of the sabotage but didn’t manage to finish his thought — “Whoever got stuck with this had to do all of their mixing” — as Antonia simply cut him off, knowing exactly what he was about to say. “Mixing and prepping inside of the container!” she said, much to Alton’s chagrin. “You mock me!” he joked with her.
She was somewhat certain that “we always do this for cakes,” and indeed similar vessels have made appearances for past baking rounds. But Alton noted: “We don’t need new ideas when the ideas we have work. Maybe we just need judges that aren’t so pointing out of that.” They laughed about their exchange, and sure enough, Antonia was able to discern which of the two remaining chefs received this challenge for his blondies.
You know those sleepy summer camps that encourage community, camaraderie and nighttime kumbayas by the fire? This is not that. Led by none other than the master saboteur himself, Alton Brown‘s Camp Cutthroat takes everything you know and love about classic Cutthroat Kitchen — the over-the-top challenges, demanding judges and tight time constraints — and brings it to the great outdoors for a five-part tournament that shines a (hilarious) light on the most-evilicious sides of summer camp.
Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c, Camp Cutthroat takes place not in the cozy confines of the traditional Cutthroat arena but outside in the rural woods, which means that the 12 chef contestants will have to contend not only with each other, but also Mother Nature and, of course, the themed sabotages Alton has up his camp-uniform sleeve. From unforeseen wild animals and pesky fellow campers to a murky lake on the grounds, this adventure will test the competitors in downright diabolical ways before ultimately culminating in a finale that crowns one rival the Camp Cutthroat Champion.
While all rounds of Cutthroat Kitchen are full of hilarious eviliciousness, tonight’s all-new episode took the funny to another level when Alton Brown, ever the sabotage ringleader, revealed that the entire show was dedicated to clowning around. From a ring-of-fire sabotage to themed eats like corn dogs and funnel cake to judge Simon Majumdar‘s over-the-top clown getup —complete with a round red nose, of course — the name of the game was fun at the circus, though perhaps some of the magic of the spectacle was lost on the four chefs who were dealt challenge upon challenge.
In Round 1’s corn dog assignment, Alton auctioned off a tray of concession-stand goodies that one chef had to use in order to make the dish. Corn dogs may seem simple, as they’re made of just two components — the corn-flavored batter and the hot dog — but with ingredients like candy, popcorn and cotton candy, this corn dog test would prove to be anything but ordinary. That’s where the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew comes in.
While surely all Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages are designed for a bit of shock-and-awe factor, perhaps no single challenge delivered as much wow-worthy reaction as the brand-new dollhouse that was rolled out — literally — for tonight’s Round 3 oatmeal cookie battle. For host Alton Brown, this is quite simply “the most-spectacular thing that we’ve ever done here on Cutthroat Kitchen,” he said to guest judge Susan Feniger during the After-Show.
He explained that in this at once oversize and miniature house, one chef not only had to prep all of the cookie ingredients, but also cook them in there by way of the mini kitchen. “This was like a miniature kitchen dropped into the middle of hell,” Alton told Susan, adding that in true evilicious fashion, this sabotage wasn’t just what met the eye.
Aubrey, who works on the show’s team bringing the sabotages to life, explained that this house featured “some challenging ways for the chef to have to use the kitchen.” Think hanging through wall cutouts to reach the kitchen and crawling along stairs to get to the bathroom, where Chef Demarco, who was gifted this unprecedented challenge, chose to use the shower basin as a mixing bowl. “Our Cutthroat Kitchen workshop wasn’t big enough to build the whole thing in one piece, so we had to build [the house] in two separate pieces,” Aubrey explained, “and then when we rolled it into stage, we could actually put the roof on.”
Check out more photos below to see inside the dollhouse and get an up-close look at what this sabotage entailed.
“You want your flour, you want your leavener and a little bit of salt.” Those three things are what Cutthroat Kitchen food stylist Jamie Peterson says are needed in order to concoct the usual dry-ingredient mixture for waffle batter. On tonight’s all-new episode, one chef was forced to make waffles not with these traditional ingredients but with a platter of junk food, including butter crackers, gummy candies and potato chips; sure enough, those three items weren’t guaranteed. Before Alton Brown could auction off this diabolical challenge to the competitors, the culinary team had to test it, and what Jamie found was shocking.
Tackling the flour component was easy enough for Jamie — just grinding the butter cookies with butter powder. But making a leavener is far trickier. “I’m going to take the egg white powder and reconstitute it into egg whites, and then try to whip it into a meringue to make it become the leavening agent we need,” he explained. “This is a make-or-break moment.” Sure enough, it worked, and he achieved stiff peaks after just a bit of whisking. “You’re a waffle! I made you from nothing,” Jamie jokingly and excitedly told the waffle after lifting the top of the waffle machine to reveal an ideally formed waffle. He took a bite and was quick to boast, “First of all, that’s delicious.”