Top Moments from Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage, Heat 3

Get an insider's look at what happened when the third group of all-star chefs went to battle on Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Land Meets Sea 

The all-stars' options are seemingly endless when Alton announces surf and turf as the Round 1 dish, but that doesn't last long, as Chef Anne wins the first auction and assigns Johnny the forced use of calf's liver as his turf and Chef Eric the canned tuna for his surf.

No Day at the Beach

Though she's quick to dole out sabotages, Chef Anne receives one of her own from Johnny: a beach bag containing all of the knives and tools she can use. "I'm feeling really good about what I'm doing," says Chef Anne in spite of her situation. And that's for good reason, as Simon tells her, "The flavors are fantastic."

Pool Party

Chef Johnny preps his two-part dish of liver and ceviche in a pool full of water, and his dish may have struggled because of it. "The idea of the combination is a really, really smart one. I think the actual execution of the protein is just a little bit off," judge Simon tells him.  

Sandy Search

Although Chef Damaris begins the round with no sabotages, she's interrupted by a midround time suck that forces her to sift through a patch of sand to track down Alton's lost penny. Chef Damaris admits: "I do not have time for this. This is bad."

Intentional Savings

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm saving every penny I can get," Eric notes of his competition strategy, which is why he's refrained from buying any sabotages at auction. Although Simon finds the sauce in Chef Eric's tuna offering "grainy," the chef survives to advance to Round 2.

Surf Stumble

Simon praises Chef Damaris for the "good flavors" in her stuffed potato offering, but he tells her, "I'm not getting much surf." She's ultimately sent home after just one round of battle.

Repurposing French Toast

Chef Eric, the self-described "grilled cheese champ," can't contain his excitement when Alton reveals the Round 2 dish, a croque monsieur. Even though Chef Eric's sabotaged with using French toast as his bread, he jokes of his situation, "I am on Easy Street." Sure enough, Simon's pleased with Eric's Monte Cristo-style dish, which Simon says boasts "good crunch."

Two Times the Tests

Because Chef Anne's saddled with french fries as her bread source, she resorts to turning the spuds into latkes and topping them with scrambled eggs, which she's forced to prep with inferior French-inspired tools and a warped crepe pan. "I feel like with all of the curve balls I was thrown, I did the very best I could," she says.

Classic Approach

Chef Johnny manages to escape sabotage in Round 2 and opts to prepare a croque madame mille-feuille style, layering the bread, ham and bechamel sauce multiple times, but he's not through doling out the sabotages. Thanks to him, chefs Eric and Anne find themselves holding hands for the rest of the round.

Croque Crumble

Chefs Eric and Anne manage to complete their dishes on time, but Simon isn't floored by Chef Anne's offering. "Obviously when you look at it, it doesn't remind you of a croque monsieur that you would get in Paris," he tells her before announcing that she'd be next to leave the competition.

Near-Empty Account

Come Round 3, Chef Johnny has spent all but $100 of his money, so he must endure the duo of sabotages Chef Eric sends his way when preparing lemon bars: all ingredients picked from a lemon tree, and mixing and cooking in lemon skins. "There's nothing I can do to him. But I can do this — I can beat him," Chef Johnny says.

Citrus 3 Ways

Chef Eric's inexperience with lemon bars doesn't stop him in the competition, as he turns out not one but three takes on a lemon bar, and Simon tells the chef after taking his first bite, "This reminds me of a grandmother's lemon bar, and that's a really good thing."

A Grand Win

"There's a lot of technique gone into here," Simon tells Chef Johnny, but ultimately it's not enough to save him from elimination, and Chef Eric wins the third preliminary heat to earn a spot in the finale. "That is the biggest payday we have ever seen," Alton tells Chef Eric of his record-setting $24,600 winnings for charity.

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