The Sting of Elimination for a Judge — Alton's After-Show

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Alton reveals the sabotages for wraps, chips and dip and baklava.

It's no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen judges are secluded from the sabotages taking place during competitions and forced to evaluate the dishes based solely on what's in front of them — such a strategy guarantees the focus remains on the food at all times. But on tonight's all-new  Alton's After-Show, judge Jet Tila revealed that after learning what one chef had endured in the name of sabotage, he felt a tinge of guilt — especially after his decision led to the contestant's elimination.

"You feel so bad after the fact. Now I realize," he admitted after Alton spoke of how Chef Alex had to use only kitchen tongs to cut her wrap ingredients. "I was dinging so badly on her just horrible knife cuts. They literally looked like she's just tearing things apart. But now I get it." Alton went on to explain that because the judges are blind to the sabotages, they're forced to evaluate on "flavor, presentation and 'does it remind me of the thing it's supposed to remind me of.'" But he admitted, "It doesn't mean they're all equally weighted. The truth is is anybody's who's a chef is going to more heavily weight flavor above all."

Click the play button on the video above to hear more from Jet and Alton, and see Jet's first-time reaction to tonight's sabotages.

Tune in Wednesday at 9|8c for Heat 3 of the Superstar Sabotage tournament, and don't miss an all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen  on Sunday at 10|9c.

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