A Record-Setting Auction and Alton in Handcuffs — Alton's After-Show
While it's true that no Cutthroat Kitchen sabotage is simple, many are surely less daunting than others, while some seem so insurmountable that chefs are willing to bid nearly their entire sums in order to avoid them. That's just what happened on tonight's all-new episode, when Alton auctioned off a "north-south border thing" that would force two chefs to split the prep work and cooking, one contestant doing either for both of them. Once all of the bidding was done, Alton Brown sold this doozy of a sabotage for a whopping $18,100, the largest amount to date on Cutthroat Kitchen.
Such a challenge is a way of "forcing them to communicate and get along," according to Alton, who detailed the sabotage to judge Antonia Lofaso during the latest After-Show. Ultimately, however, the sabotage means that rivals are responsible for executing key steps in each other's dishes, and once again the opportunity for sabotage exists. "Chef Michael definitely set him up by leaving it in," Alton explained of how a too-fibrous stem found its way onto Chef Luca's eventually doomed plate.
Although Alton doesn't often volunteer himself for sabotage, he willingly let Antonia handcuff him in an effort to demonstrate the Round 3 challenge to befall Chef Kelly. "Ninety percent of the things you do as a cook, you can do like this," Alton said while sporting the cuffs, and sure enough, the impediments weren't enough to stop Chef Kelly from making a winning turnover. "As a whole, if I were to finish that entire plate, I would have been happy," Antonia said of Chef Kelly's victory.
Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Alton and Antonia, and see how Alton fared in handcuffs.