From Leaves to Loaves — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

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Is it possible to use banana leaves to mix and bake banana bread?

Ingredients, utensils and heat — that's all that is needed to create most of the dishes on Cutthroat Kitchen, but as fans know, those three elements aren't always available to the contestants, at least not in their expected and desired forms. On tonight's all-new episode of Superstar Sabotage, host Alton Brown doled out a dooming challenge that seemed nearly insurmountable: a mandate forcing Chef Elizabeth Falkner, a famed pastry chef, to prepare and bake her banana bread in banana leaves. While most classic recipes would recommend that she mix the dry and wet ingredients in several sturdy bowls, then cook the batter in traditional loaf pans, she had to do all of that with and in the leaves.

Before Alton could auction off that sabotage, however, the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew first had to attempt the challenge. After all, would such a sabotage be feasible, and would it be fair to ask a contestant to attempt it given the time constraints? The team testing the sabotage approached the banana bread in two ways before ultimately finding the challenge possible for future contestants.

Click the play button on the video above to see these tests unfold and learn what methods the crew took to make banana bread using banana leaves.

Don't miss the finale of Superstar Sabotage next Wednesday at 9|8c, and tune in on Sunday to a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen at 10|9c.

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