Okay, we may have gently ribbed Alton Brown’s newest game show, Cutthroat Kitchen, for being assembled out of the same Lego kit most Food Network shows seem to be built from. But judging from his latest interview with The Daily Meal describing the show, we’re willing to give it a second chance. Why, exactly? Mostly because we’re huge fans of shows where people who consider themselves crafty and cunning play mind games with each other, and sometimes fail miserably at their evil plots. And Cutthroat Kitchen is essentially built to create mind games!
Here’s how people play The Game of Kitchens: each contestant is given $25,000 to use on ingredients, but can bid on items that would give their opponents severe disadvantages in the kitchen (for instance, buying all the salt). The winner (whose food is determined by the judges in a blind taste test) takes home however much money is left in his wallet, which means that one simply cannot throw all of his money into weird Machiavellian plots. And, of course, no matter how well you play the game, you still have to cook good food:
“The judge has no idea what’s unfolded, so that makes it so much fun. One contestant paid a huge amount of money for exclusive use of salt, and the judge told him that his dish could have used more! It’s really every man for himself, and you never know how it’s going to turn out. The winner might end up bringing home no money because it had all been spent. It’s not just about skill; it’s about human nature and how you play the game.”
Spoiler alert: that guy is the Cersei Lannister of Cutthroat Kitchen. “But Cersei Lannister is the baddest bitch in Westeros!” you might say. That’s why we said “spoiler alert.”
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