Alton Brown has been a staple on the Food Network, having been the host of Good Eats and served as a judge on Food Network Star. He has also been a regular host on Iron Chef America, as well as Next Iron Chef. Brown (pictured) is a top chef in his own right, and is always entertaining to watch. When he critiques contestants, he gives them sound advice that usually shoots them to the top of the competitions if they listen. Cutthroat Kitchen is not your run of the mill kitchen competition, but rather, as the title says, the chefs are challenged to do whatever it takes to win.
The chefs are tested in a huge way. They are each handed $25,000 in the beginning of the show, and with the money they must get ahead of the other contestants. They also can use it to sabotage the other chefs. They will stop at nothing including stealing their competitors’ ingredients, their pots, pans, and other cookware, which puts the other chef in trouble because all of the tasks are timed challenges. Aside from dealing with the interference of the other chefs, they must also cook up culinary works. This and trying to conspire against the other contestants proves to be a fun-filled competition. Alton plays instigator, and has wicked fun pushing the contestants to disrupt each other and interrupt their groove. Nothing is off limits. The goal for each chef is to have the winning dish no matter what happens in its preparation.
There will be four chefs competing, and there are three rounds in the contest. With the $25,000 they bid on items at the “Cutthroat auction”. For instance, they can buy a special ingredient, or they can buy trouble for another chef where they will have to make a dish and not get to taste it. Each week there are different antics for them to bid on. The prize at the end of the competition is however much money they have left at the end of the show. The show is slated for 13 episodes, the first being Sunday, August 11th at 10 pm/9 c. It seems that the Food Network is trying to jump onto the reality TV trend, and relying less on its original format. Many are getting tired of competitions with a twist and long for the old programming that taught the viewer how to actually make the dishes. But, if you are one that enjoys the competitions, this at least has a different angle than the other competitions.
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