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

Get to know the 16 A-list culinary contenders facing off in host Alton Brown's Cutthroat Kitchen arena.

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Introducing: The Rivals

Learn how these superstar chefs came to earn their chops in the kitchen.

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.

Heat 1: Cat Cora

Food Network's first female Iron Chef, Cat Cora is a famed restaurateur, having launched Cat Cora's Que and Cat Cora's Kitchen, among other locales. She launched an iPad app, Cat Cora's Kitchen, in 2012, and she's a collaborator on two women's shoe collections. In 2014 she was one of four mentors on Food Network's America's Best Cook.

Heat 1: 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 launched two Web-exclusive series on FoodNetwork.com: 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; and Smart Carts: Winning the Supermarket, which offers fans simple strategies for conquering the aisles with ease.  

Heat 1: Richard Blais

A recurring judge on Guy's Grocery Games, Richard Blais is a restaurateur with eateries in Atlanta and San Diego. He's competed on Food Network's Chopped: All-Stars and Iron Chef America.

Heat 2: 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.

Heat 2: Josh Elkin

The creator of several viral culinary sensations, including The Poutine Tornado and Chicken Wing of Thrones, Josh Elkin is the host of Cooking Channel's Sugar Showdown, a sweet-tooth-satisfying competition in which three bakers face off for a $10,000 prize. 

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 currently starring in FoodNetwork.com's Foodie Call.

Heat 2: Kelsey Nixon

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood, Kelsey Nixon is the host of Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Essentials, in which she showcases easy, approachable meals and techniques that kitchen novices and culinary aficionados alike can enjoy. In 2014 she released her premiere cookbook, Kitchen Confidence.

Heat 3: Claire Robinson

The host of Food Network's 5 Ingredient Fix, Claire Robinson graduated from the French Culinary Institute after earning a communications degree from the University of Memphis. She has experience behind the camera as well as in front of it, as she's served on the culinary production teams for several cooking shows.

Heat 3: Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman has been working in the culinary industry since he was a teenager. As a famed baker and the owner of Charm City Cakes, Duff is known for pushing the limits of ordinary confections, creating towering cakes that are at once awe-inspiring and flavorful. He's a judge on Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship, a host and judge on Kids Baking Championship, and the host of Duff's Sweet Spot.

Heat 3: 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.

Heat 3: Rocco DiSpirito

The author of several New York Times best-selling cookbooks, Rocco DiSpirito is well-known for putting lighter spins on tried-and-true dishes, all while keeping the craveable flavors. He's hosted Food Network's Restaurant Divided. 

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 also a cookbook author and the executive chef at several New York City restaurants.

Heat 4: Bobby Deen

A judge on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship, and the host of Cooking Channel's Not My Mama's Meals, Bobby is a New York Times best-selling author who grew up alongside his brother, Jamie, and their mother in a classic Southern kitchen. He and Jamie have launched a line of spices, barbecue sauces and T-shirts.

Heat 4: 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.

Heat 4: Sherry Yard

From New York City to Los Angeles, James Beard Award winner Sherry Yard has worked at some of the most-celebrated eateries and alongside some of the most-revered chefs, including Wolfgang Puck. She's the brains behind City Perch Kitchen + Bar, a concept restaurant in Bethesda, Md., that showcases the finest products of the Mid-Atlantic States.  

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