by Maria Russo in Shows, August 31st, 2016
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.)
by Maria Russo in Shows, August 3rd, 2016
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.
by Maria Russo in Shows, July 27th, 2016
Anne Burrell is no stranger to the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, as she’s both competed on and judged this evilicious competition before. But the sabotages took a particularly diabolical turn for her tonight, when she returned to her post as a guest judge and later got to experience a few of the challenges for herself during the After-Show. No sooner did she take in host Alton Brown’s “custom cat condo” did she feast her eyes on an oversize shoe for shoofly pie. “But that was really nothing,” Alton Brown told her, as he prepared to unleash a far trickier test that she’d ultimately be wearing. He gave Anne what he called “fly vision,” thanks to psychedelic goggles that severely warped her vision. “They make you feel kind of drunk,” Alton added.
With the oddball specs snugly on her head, Anne did her best to prep a cocktail — but the task wasn’t without its challenges. “This is hilarious,” she admitted after knocking over a glass and attempting to feel her way around the prep station to land the tools she needed. Though she managed to fill up the shaker with a few liquors and even slice a grapefruit while under the influence of the googles, the real test came when it was time for her to pour the drink. “Did I make any of that in the glass?” she asked.
by Maria Russo in Shows, July 20th, 2016
For Cutthroat Kitchen judge Richard Blais, there was no shortage of roller-coaster emotions as he tried his hands — or, rather, his tongs — at not one but two of the day’s sabotages during the After-Show. After host Alton Brown asked him to prep an everyday cobb salad, the judge was mostly pleased with the task. But in true Cutthroat fashion, the challenges didn’t stop there. “Why do you guys have to do this?” Richard joked after being saddled with a duo of challenges. He was forced to carry multiple shopping bags on both of his arms — which sounds easy enough — but then instead of being able to use his hands to prep the salad, he was given salad tongs. And that’s when the situation turned evilicious.
“The lettuce is going to be an issue,” Richard noted after he mangled his mise en place of fresh avocado and grilled chicken. When it came to cracking and peeling a hard-boiled egg, he said simply, “That’s not fun at all.” But once he learned the basic technique of working with tools upon tools, he couldn’t help but feel proud of himself. “Now I’m kind of crushing it,” he admitted, having successfully used tongs to hold a spoon and scoop out mustard for the base of his dressing. As he used the tongs to claw away chunks of bacon from the strips, he explained how downright diabolical this sabotage proved to be, calling it “one of the toughest challenges” he’d seen. Once again, though, the frustration didn’t last long. By the time Richard added the last of his ingredients to the salad, he admitted, “I’m feeling good about this.” Sure enough, he was pleased with the final results.
by Maria Russo in Shows, July 13th, 2016
It’s not often that that Cutthroat Kitchen judges get to choose their own poison, so to speak, when they drop by Alton’s After-Show (usually that’s host Alton Brown‘s job). But tonight Antonia Lofaso enjoyed the freedom to select which sabotage she’d be saddled with. Alton explained that they’d be prepping lobster rolls together — literally, that is — and it was up to her to opt to do so in a giant stockpot alongside Alton or in a harness tethered to him. Ultimately she chose the harness, and we’re glad she did, because what resulted as they both put signature spins on lobster rolls was diabolically hilarious — not to mention downright delicious.
Antonia and Alton agreed that the Connecticut-style lobster roll preparation, which features butter instead of mayo as the binder, is the way to go, but tonight Alton opted for mayonnaise “to contrast,” he explained. After Antonia toasted her bun, Alton oh so gingerly scooted the duo over to his station to work on his lobster. Sure enough, no sooner did Alton get a handle on his prep did Antonia shimmy them back to her table. “This is like a ballet of pain,” Alton noted as they did an impromptu two-step in the kitchen. After what Alton called “a completely neutral Bob” joined them for tasting, the Bob wordlessly deemed Alton’s to be the best of the day — which didn’t actually come as a surprise to Antonia. “It’s true. It’s the mayonnaise. I didn’t put any salt. I’m a failure,” she proclaimed in a series of heartbreaking culinary admissions. And for Alton, that was music to his ears. “Best day ever,” he said.
by Maria Russo in Shows, July 11th, 2016
While some Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages require physical dexterity and downright flexibility (remember that hanging-doughnut buffet and the Double Dare-style obstacle course?), one sabotage in particular from tonight’s new episode challenged the mind more than the body.
On the After-Show, host Alton Brown explained the task to Sherry Yard, the guest of the day, by saying, “We decided to make Jenny lose all of her ingredients and get them back by solving pictographs.” The challenge involved Chef Jenny shuffling through a deck of word-picture puzzles in an attempt to sound out the names and earn the items, which the competitor indeed managed to do. When it was Sherry’s turn to master the cards, the judge initially struggled over the meaning of the designs, but with a little help from Alton, she caught on quickly.
Remember what happened last summer when Alton Brown sent away a batch of chefs for the first-ever Camp Cutthroat tournament? The bears, the fire pits, the obstacle course — it was an indeed an evilicious time for everyone. But after five weeks in the wilderness, one chef ultimately managed to prove her outdoor survival skills and reign supreme over sabotage with an impressive camp victory. This summer, however, competitors won’t be getting away so easily.
On Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge, premiering Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10|9c, the host will unveil an even more diabolical five-week itinerary intended to challenge sabotage-savvy chefs in ways they could never have imagined. Not only will Alton unveil familiar camp challenges (prepare now for Bob the Bear sightings), but he’s also planning some never-before-seen surprises. Think chilly swims, unforgiving sand, sharp tools and wild animals — all designed to guarantee anything but a pleasant stay at his evilicious sleepaway camp. If chefs want to leave singing “Kumbaya” and avoid fireside chants of misery, they must be prepared to outlast the fiercest creatures in the woods — and on Alton’s sabotage agenda.