One-on-One with the Heat 4 Winner of Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage
Alton Brown isn't shy about doling out diabolical sabotages to anyone and everyone who enters the hallowed Cutthroat Kitchen arena, including grandmas, firefighters, the judges he keeps on hand and the A-list chefs on Superstar Sabotage. In this brand-new series, 16 all-star professionals, all renowned in their field, have agreed to subject themselves to Alton's eviliciousness. While most will ultimately fall in their quest for Cutthroat glory, a few will shine — one in each of the four preliminary rounds and one of them again in the tournament finale. Check back to FN Dish after each episode to hear from the latest round's winner in an exclusive interview. If you haven't watched tonight's new episode, read no further, because we're about to break down the ins and outs of the battle.
In the third and final round of tonight's Heat 4 battle, chefs Sherry Yard and Alex Guarnaschelli received the ultimate in evilicious tastes of the Big Apple during the New York cheesecake test. While Alex was saddled with a tray of NYC eats, like hot dogs, hamantaschen and black-and-white cookies, from which she had to prepare her dessert offering, Sherry had no hindrances insofar as ingredients were concerned — though she did receive some extra baggage. Alex gifted her a sabotage of Bobettes, two (faux) ladies inspired by the Radio City Rockettes, who she had control over with each move she made. Though this challenge indeed changed the way Sherry approached her cheesecake prep, it didn't stop her from taking home the win and earning the fourth and final spot in next week's finale face-off.
Read on below to hear from Sherry in her first exclusive interview after her victory.
Tell us a bit about your strategy at the auction, if you had one.
Sherry Yard: Came to have fun! Fight when I thought necessary. Sabotage when I wanted. Bet the house when needed.
SY: Woke up, got in the car. [I] hugged everyone hello, [then] started to shop and cook.
What was your greatest challenge in the kitchen today?
SY: My showgirl cabaret line — those lazy girls — they were like dead weight!
SY: Beyond my wildest dreams. A wild and crazy time!
Which dishes were you the most and least happy with today? Please explain why.
SY: Most: ramen noodles! The broth was delicious — rich with smoky flavor, heat from ginger, spice from garlic. My noodles were sexy. Least: The N.Y. cheesecake. As we say in the business, fake it till you bake it!
You're a professional, renowned chef — a superstar! Was this competition still difficult for you?
What would you say to chefs and home cooks who are watching at home and thinking of applying to compete?
SY: It is not as easy as it looks. Shopping in 60 seconds — oy!