Hosted by Alton Brown, five-episode primetime tournament begins Sunday, April 19
Host Alton Brown welcomes back 16 of the most devilishly memorable contestants to ever enter "Cutthroat Kitchen" in the five-episode primetime tournament "Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious," beginning Sunday, April 19 (10 p.m. all times).
In each episode, four returning chefs compete in a battle of wits, sabotage skills and cooking chops - with only one from each heat advancing to the final showdown Sunday, May 17. The tournament grand prizewinner will receive up to $75,000 and be crowned "Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious" champion.
"Evilicious: Canoe Jack City" premieres Sunday, April 19
Brown starts the mayhem by making the chefs prepare fish stew in a canoe and pasta carbonara in a moving mine cart, leading up to a chemistry set challenge where chefs can only use set tools to bake a pound cake.
Competitors: Morgan Bonazzola, Robert Burmeister, Matthew Grunwald, Tom Lin
Judge: Antonia Lofaso
"Evilicious: Frying Up First Class" premieres Sunday, April 26
Chefs face off in a challenge to make stir-fry while sitting in airline seats. Then they must work as good neighbors on chicken-fried steak dishes and shop for cobbler ingredients while blindfolded, all under Brown's watchful eye.
Competitors: Jason Febres, Samuel "Sammy" Monsour, Kori Rayburn, Leelee Wiginton
Judge: Jet Tila
"Evilicious: 20,000 Leagues Under the Prep Table" premieres Sunday, May 3
Brown kicks off the third heat with cardboard car and underwater scallop dish challenges, and the battle culminates with a doughnut-making task complete with a wearable doughnut-on-a-string.
Competitors: Alexis Hernandez, Tommy Stevens, Frances Tariga-Weshnak, Jernard Wells
"Evilicious: Moo-in On Up" premieres Sunday, May 10
Chefs play games of musical sushi rolls and fashion runway cooking, then Brown tasks them to make pumpkin pie while wearing a carved pumpkin on their head.
Competitors: Carlos Anthony, Aaron Crumbaugh, Tregaye Fraser, Yaku Moton-Spruill
Judge: Simon Majumdar
"Evilicious: Finale" premieres Sunday, May 17
In the tournament finale, the winners of each heat compete for a prize of up to $75,000 and "Evilicious" champion bragging rights. Their cooking chops and sabotage skills are put to the test in Brown's challenges, including meatball prep in a ball pit, making a teriyaki dinner while on a seesaw and harvesting coconuts from a tree to make coconut macaroons.
Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/Cutthroat to meet the tournament finalists, see a gallery of top moments and take a "Superfan" quiz. Fans also can join the conversation on Twitter using #CutthroatKitchen.