Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chef Eric Shelton to appear in Cutthroat Kitchen on January 19, 2014

Tune in to watch Kitchen LTO's newest chef, Eric Shelton, on the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen this Sunday, January 19.  Each episode of Cutthroat Kitchen features four chefs faced with three cooking challenges. Each challenge gives the chefs a type of dish to create, typically expecting the chefs to refine the dish to high cuisine standards within a limited amount of time, typically 30 minutes, after a minute of acquiring ingredients from a pantry. After the dishes are prepared, a guest judge evaluates each dish and the chef with the worst dish is eliminated.

At the start of the game, each chef is given $25,000, which is theirs to keep if they win the competition. In the first two challenges after the chefs have acquired their ingredients, the host presents a number of sabotage elements that are put up for auction to the chefs using that money. The player winning the sabotage items can use it on the other chefs, impacting their ingredients, what cooking implements they may use, or other elements. For example, a sabotage item may force the chef receiving it to give up fresh ingredients for canned or frozen ones, or forced to cook without using a stovetop.

Some auction items are a benefit, like being the only chef with the ability to salt, taste, or fry food. The judge is not told of these sabotages, so that each dish is judged in an unbiased manner. The eliminated chef is forced to give up their money before they leave. In the last challenge between the two remaining chefs, no sabotage items are presented initially, but during the initial cooking period, the host will separately bring out two items for auction, with the receiver of the item having to ad lib their cooking based on this sabotage. The winning chef keeps any remaining money they have after their auction wins.

Tune in to see how Eric fares!