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16 culinary all-stars compete in first-ever 'Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage' tournament

by jmaloni


Mon, Sep 8th 2014 02:20 pm
`Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage`: Competing chefs include Brian Malarkey, Justin Warner, Nadia G and Marcel Vigneron. (Food Network photo)
"Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage": Competing chefs include Brian Malarkey, Justin Warner, Nadia G and Marcel Vigneron. (Food Network photo)

Hosted by Alton Brown, five-episode primetime event premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8

Food Network hit "Cutthroat Kitchen" goes all-star this fall, with 16 elite chefs competing in the five-episode, mayhem-filled "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" tournament under the watchful eye of host Alton Brown. Only the craftiest and most cunning chefs will survive in this battle of cooking chops and sabotage skills, and just one will win ultimate bragging rights and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice.

The primetime event kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m., with the first all-star matchup. The final showdown between the four heat winners is Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m.

" 'Cutthroat Kitchen' is equal parts culinary contest and battle of wits. And with these food masters competing under the leadership of the one-and-only Alton Brown, the inaugural 'Superstar Sabotage' tournament is certain to be fierce and funny," said Bob Tuschman, Food Network general manager and senior vice president.

Episodes are:

•"Superstar Sabotage, Heat One," Wednesday, Oct. 8

Chefs Susan Feniger,Jeff Mauro, Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequeira face off in the first battle, where their sabotages involve a treadmill station, carnival hammer game and conveyor toaster. Judge: Antonio Lofaso.

•"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Two," Wednesday, Oct. 15

In round two, Nadia G,Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in sabotages including an unusually high prep table, cooking in a popcorn machine and getting a hand stuck in a cookie jar. Judge: Jet Tila.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Three," Wednesday, Oct. 22

Chefs Anne Burrell,Eric Greenspan, Johnny Iuzzini and Damaris Phillips compete in the third tournament episode with sabotages such as a floating prep station, holding hands with another chef and replacing their mixing and cooking vessels with lemons and banana leaves. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Four," Wednesday, Oct. 29

There's only one more spot in the finale, and Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani each think they have what it takes to get there. They are faced with sabotages including gambling for ingredients and swapping utensils and knives for tools made of cheese and banana leaves. Judge: Antonia Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Finale" Premieres Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT

Winners from prior heats compete to win up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

After each episode, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/Cutthroat for Brown's insider take on the week's sabotages in "Alton's After-Show," along with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the competition.

"Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage": Competing chefs include, from left, Alex Guarnaschelli, Elizabeth Falkner, Fabio Viviani and Melissa d'Arabian. (Food Network photo)

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