by Maria Russo in Shows, July 6th, 2016
by Maria Russo in Shows, June 29th, 2016
With a statement as bold as that from Alton Brown, you’re likely expecting the challenge in question to be shocks of electricity, a cage-fighting match or a contraption that would (nearly) paralyze the chefs, right? We’re happy to report that none of those sabotages made an appearance during tonight’s all-new special judges’ episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. Instead, what Alton deemed to be “my finest sabotage of all time” was nothing more than a makeshift stool in a dingy, dimly lit “holding area,” where one judge had to sit. How bad could that be? Well, it turns out that it was bad enough to ultimately doom Simon Majumdar and just about guarantee Antonia Lofaso‘s win in Round 3.
by Maria Russo in Shows, June 22nd, 2016
Marc Summers, a first-timer in the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, stopped by tonight to judge the Time Warp Tournament finale, a ’90s-themed extravaganza complete with (a very) up-and-coming boy band and a replica of a Double Dare-style obstacle course. Clad in signature shiny-gold Hammer-style pants, Marc shuffled back and forth and hammered thyme packets into a wall, just like Chef Clay did in Round 2. “And what was the purpose of this again?” the judge asked Alton Brown. According to the host, the purpose was quite simple. “It’s to humiliate whoever’s doing it — and to force them to waste time for about five minutes, when they really could be doing something better,” Alton explained. That’s the beauty of this sabotage and many others; in each and every round, you can be sure they’ll both test the limits of the competitors and deliver on the diabolical hilarity that comes from watching chefs bid on challenges and endure them, no matter the eviliciousness they may bear in the process.
by Maria Russo in Shows, June 15th, 2016
Oh, if only that were all there was.
In the After-Show following tonight’s new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the fourth and final preliminary heat of the Time Warp Tournament, host Alton Brown unveiled a roster of totally righteous sabotages in keeping with the 1980s theme of the battle — and judge Antonia Lofaso was on hand to experience some of the best of them. The Miami Vice-style boat, which made its debut in Round 2’s blackened-fish challenge, looked innocent enough to the judge as she took her seat at the wheel. After all, she had a space to prep and she had a heat source within arm’s reach. “If this doesn’t move,” Antonia noted, “this isn’t that bad.” But of course it did move — and that was only part of what she’d have to endure.
by Maria Russo in Shows, June 8th, 2016
If Cutthroat Kitchen has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. And it’s a good thing we’re ready for anything: In tonight’s Heat 3 of the Time Warp Tournament, host Alton Brown and guest judge Richard Blais shocked fans with over-the-top get-ups worthy of the ’70s.
Clad in a shiny human-sized disco ball costume, Alton welcomed Richard, who donned his own costume of mixed-patterned tops and bell-bottom pants, plus bold eyeliner and a wig, to the After-Show for a review of the day’s challenges. “How hard is that?” Richard asked jokingly as he took his place on the makeshift dance floor, which was revealed as a Round 2 sabotage during the quiche test. But in true Cutthroat fashion, the challenge indeed turned tricky, as Richard found out when he hooked his wrist through a weighted loop connected to a disco ball. After doing a few disco moves to reach the prep station, Richard felt the weight of the challenge — literally and figuratively, that is — as he worked on prepping his own dish of the day: crepes suzette.
by Maria Russo in Shows, June 1st, 2016
In Heat 2 of his Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament, Alton Brown, aka “Sgt. Pepper” this week, and the judge of the day, Mr. Jet “The Beat” Tila, traveled back in time with the four hungry chef competitors for a taste of sabotages a la the 1960s. During the After-Show, they rolled into the arena not in a yellow submarine, but in the SS Mustard submarine, in which three of the four Round 1 chefs were forced to prep their joint party-punch and party-snack offerings. And when it came time to put their own spins on a punch, they were met with yet another of the day’s sabotages: the now-infamous oversize gelatin mold.
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 22nd, 2016
In true tournament fashion, Alton Brown went big for tonight’s Time Warp premiere, showcasing all-new sabotages worthy of the 1950s theme. After Chef Gentile, the winner of Heat 1, contended with a whopping four challenges, four that Alton thought were “all the interesting sabotages of the day,” Alton took a tour of those challenges with judge Simon Majumdar during the After-Show to relive the competitor’s eviliciousness escapades.
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 15th, 2016
Next Monday marks the unofficial start of summer with the Memorial Day holiday, and with that comes three months of lazy afternoons by the pool, late-day sunsets and, perhaps most importantly, grilling anything and everything. Since Cutthroat Kitchen isn’t about to let a season pass without celebrating it in the most-evilicious way possible (remember Mother’s Day? Christmas?), Alton Brown hosted an all-grilling episode tonight, complete with three rounds of smoky cook-offs. While he doled out sabotage after themed sabotage to the chefs, Alton and the judge of the day, Simon Majumdar, took in the competition in seasonal fashion with what else but the coolest aprons available. Alton stuck with a single getup, which dubbed him “The Grillfather,” while Simon showed off three aprons, including the hot-bod torso he donned for the After-Show. “He’s looking good,” Alton said while introducing Simon, “in his all-American apron with an actual photocopy of his actual body.” While that second part may not be completely true, Simon was quick to joke that his chiseled chest was sizzling.
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 8th, 2016
With nearly 12 full seasons under their belts, the Cutthroat Kitchen judges are pros at the ins and out of all things evilicious, from host Alton Brown‘s surprise antics to the makings of an especially diabolical sabotage. But on tonight’s all-new episode, guest judge Monti Carlo experienced sabotages in all their glory during her first-ever visit to the Cutthroat arena. And of course, her initial reaction to the extent of the eviliciousness before her was downright shock when she appeared on the After-Show.
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 1st, 2016
It wasn’t long ago that grandmas entered the Cutthroat Kitchen arena for their turn at old-fashioned eviliciousness. Tonight, though, the focus shifted to the younger generations, as moms and daughters teamed up for a special Mother’s Day episode designed to bring out the most-diabolical sides in everyone. Judge Jet Tila was on hand to watch this not-so-sweet competition unfold, and after wrapping up three rounds of battle, he met host Alton Brown in the beauty parlor to dish on the gossip of the day during Alton’s After-Show. The pink-seat shop at which Jet and Alton sat was home to one of the day’s most-evilicious sabotages. For the mother-daughter duo saddled with this challenge, the Bob-style manicure to which they were treated was all but a relaxation treatment. “They had to do everything with one hand,” Alton explained of their prep work. “And occasionally the Bobs, with their creepy little raccoon, gecko hands, would change, and [the mother-daughter team] would have to [prep] on the other side.”
It was only a few weeks ago that guest judge Richard Blais proclaimed himself “the best that ever played this game.” And though Cutthroat Kitchen has indeed seen its share of impressive winners (and losers), we’re inclined to agree that Richard’s enthusiasm for eviliciousness knows no bounds — literally. In honor of the day’s pesto test, he was challenged to swing hits over a makeshift “Green Monster” in order to earn the required ingredients for pesto on the After-Show. He managed to score not one but multiple up-and-over home runs to collect everything he’d need to make the dish, like fresh herbs, fruity olive oil and plenty of Parmesan cheese. “This is so much fun. I love this show!” he said, donning a team CTK baseball cap.