Meet the All-Star Chefs on Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage

Get to know the 16 A-list contestants competing for bragging rights and a $75,000 prize for charity.

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The Contenders

Flip through the gallery to learn all about the 16 kitchen masters facing off for charity in the first-ever Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament.

Heat 1: Aarti Sequeira

Aarti Sequeira bested her fellow competitors on Food Network Star, Season 6 to ultimately shine on her own show, Aarti Party. Born in India, Aarti received a professional cooking certificate from The New School of Cooking in Culver City, Calif., and she now lives in Los Angeles.

 

Aarti is competing for Postpartum Support International.

 

Heat 1: Jeff Mauro

After winning Food Network Star, Season 7, Jeff Mauro became Food Network's first-ever Sandwich King. The Chicago-born father is a former standup comedian, and he's currently one of the co-hosts of The Kitchen.

 

Jeff is competing for Hephzibah Children's Association.

Heat 1: Michael Psilakis

Passionate about all things Greek cuisine, Michael Psilakis is a New York-based chef who credits his mother with teaching him about the intricacies of the kitchen. He's an award-winning cookbook author and the owner and chef at multiple restaurants in New York state. 

 

Michael is competing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Heat 1: Susan Feniger

Once the host of Food Network's Too Hot Tamales show, Susan Feniger is the owner of several Los Angeles-area restaurants and has enjoyed a more than 30-year culinary career.

 

Susan is competing for Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Heat 2: Brian Malarkey

The owner of multiple restaurants spanning the country, Brian Malarkey is the author of Come Early, Stay Late and has appeared as a judge on Guy's Grocery Games. He was born in Oregon and later pursued a degree from Le Cordon Bleu. 

 

Brian is competing for Chimps Inc.

Heat 2: Justin Warner

After deeming himself The Rebel with a Culinary Cause, Justin Warner earned the win for Team Alton on Food Network Star, Season 8. He's a Brooklyn-based restaurateur and has been working in restaurants since he was a teenager.

 

Justin is competing for Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

Heat 2: Marcel Vigneron

No stranger to culinary competition, Marcel Vigneron has appeared on Food Network's Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. He's a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York and considers Thomas Keller his culinary icon.

 

Marcel is competing for The National Association of the Deaf.

Heat 2: Nadia G

Nadia G is the host of Cooking Channel's Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen and the author of a best-selling cookbook released in 2009. She's a bad-girl chef who's passionate about inspiring fans to feel empowered in the kitchen. 

 

Nadia is competing for Create Now.

Heat 3: Anne Burrell

The host of Food Network's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Chef Wanted and Worst Cooks in America, Anne Burrell is committed to making even the most-novice chefs feel like culinary all-stars. She studied the art of Italian cuisine in Italy and released her premiere cookbook in 2011.

 

Anne is competing for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Heat 3: Damaris Phillips

Damaris ousted 11 rivals to become the next Food Network Star in 2013 and went on to host her own show, Southern at Heart. The Louisville, Ky., native teaches culinary school at Jefferson Community and Technical College, and she considers Tater Tots her guilty-pleasure food.

 

Damaris is competing for Star Duck Charities.

Heat 3: Eric Greenspan

Chef and owner of The Foundry and The Roof on Wilshire, Los Angeles-based Eric Greenspan battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America — and won — and competed on The Next Iron Chef, Season 2.

 

Eric is competing for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Heat 3: Johnny Iuzzini

Johnny Iuzzini graduated from the Culinary Institute of America before going on to work at Brooklyn's The River Cafe and later be crowned Pastry Chef of the Year by the James Beard Association.

 

Johnny is competing for Family Reach Foundation.

Heat 4: Alex Guarnaschelli

The winner of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, Alex Guarnaschelli became Food Network's first female Iron Chef in 2012, and she's gone on to be a fierce opponent in Kitchen Stadium. A frequent and revered Chopped judge, Alex is a cookbook author and the executive chef at several New York City restaurants.

 

Alex is competing for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Heat 4: Elizabeth Falkner

The author of multiple cookbooks and a past contestant on two seasons of The Next Iron Chef, Elizabeth Falkner is a James Beard Foundation Award nominee.

 

Elizabeth is competing for the American Cancer Society.

Heat 4: Fabio Viviani

Having grown up in Italy, Fabio Viviani pursued his passion for Italian cuisine from a young age and had launched multiple culinary business ventures before he turned 30. He later moved to the United States, where he opened several more restaurants in California and Chicago.

 

Fabio is competing for The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter.

Heat 4: Melissa d’Arabian

The winner of Food Network Star, Season 5, Melissa d'Arabian appears on shows on both Food Network and Cooking Channel, and in 2012 she published her first cookbook. She's a mom of four daughters and, along with her family, released the Web-exclusive Picky Eaters Project, which offered tips and strategies for parents, plus a look at how she attempted to curb picky eating in her own children.

 

Melissa is competing for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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