The Spookiest Sabotages Seen on Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror

Alton's diabolical challenges know no bounds of eviliciousness. Check out the most-memorable ones.
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Finale: A Dark Day

Before the finale even began, Alton unleashed upon all four chefs a mandatory sabotage: shopping in the dark. He cut the lights in the studio, forcing them to run — or rather tread carefully — into the patio and use the sense of touch to feel for their loaded Bloody Mary ingredients. "I don't know what this is. I don't know what this is," Chef Tiffany admitted as she piled items into her basket.

More: Alton's After-Show: Tournament of Terror

Tensions Rising

Chef Janet spent a whopping $10,600 on a challenge that forced chefs Jenny, Natalie and Tiffany to don knife, bowl and table costumes — and share them all with each other. "This sabotage might not be so bad as long as we work together," said Chef Jenny. But ultimately that didn't quite happen, as she and Chef Tiffany sparred over sharing the bowl. 

A Date with Bobs

Scary movies are easier to manage when you're watching them with a pal — except if that buddy is a Bob, perhaps. In Round 2 chefs Janet and Jenny worked on their bone-in dishes in theater-style seats with the added company of Bobs, who just so happened to cling to the chefs and toss popcorn on them while they attempted to cook.

Fighting the Flames

Unfortunately for Chef Janet, the problems didn't end at the movies. She was gifted an evilicious organ that spewed flames with every press of a key. "I'm probably not going to get the sear I want, but at least I can get them cooked to the proper temperature," she said of her lamb chops. 

A Spinning Sabotage

Chefs Jenny and Janet survived to cook in the final round of the finale battle, in which they had to make an offering of candy. But the task wasn't too sweet for either competitor. Chef Jenny landed in a spinning bed, atop which she prepped her marshmallow dish. Though she remained confident in her abilities, Chef Jenny admitted, "The spinning is a little bit faster than I thought it was going to be."

Candy Cravings

For Chef Janet, it took candy to make candy after her rival forced her to abandon her pantry ingredients and use only the candy-covered and candy-masked ingredients to make her dish. "Surely I can come up with something — and fast," Chef Janet said, and indeed she did. She managed to forage bits of chocolate and peanut butter to make disks of candy with both flavors.

Besting Terror: A New Tournament Chap

"I almost wish it had a tiny bit more of a crunch, like, so you felt a difference between the marshmallow and the chocolate. But the taste is great," judge Anne Burrell said of Chef Jenny's marshmallow offering. Ultimately, though, that dish bested Chef Janet's, and Chef Jenny earned the Tournament of Terror win. "I'm shocked right now. I didn't think I was going to make it this far," Chef Jenny said afterward.

Heat 4: A Sharp Sabotage

Round 1's beef tartare test forced Chefs Tiffany, Johnny and Oz to do some sharp thinking when they lost their knives and were saddled with a bone saw, a hook and a chainsaw, respectively, for cutting. Though his hook was a doozy of a device, Chef Johnny realized that he was ultimately sent home not because of the beef, but because he added truffle oil. "It really overpowers the whole dish," the judge told him.

More: Alton's After-Show: Tournament of Terror

Buried Ingredient Treasures

For the second round in a row, Chef Chase lost his ingredients in Round 2 and was forced to dig for what were ultimately subpar items in a sandy graveyard. "This is definitely the weirdest grocery shopping experience I have ever had," he said of digging in graves marked Tom A. Toe and Dee Harry.

Better Together?

Chefs Tiffany and Oz faced their own graveyard nightmare when a sabotage sent both of them underground, so to speak, to split their work between prepping and cooking, one job apiece, for each other. Chef Tiffany plated both her dish and Chef Oz's after he cooked them, and he wasn't pleased with what she did. "When I realized Chef Tiffany put all the pasta on the dish, I [knew] the ratios were not right," he said. Ultimately, judge Simon felt the same way and sent Chef Oz home because of it.

Windy Work

After spending big in the first three rounds, Chef Chase was left with just $4,000 in Round 3, while his rival, Chef Tiffany, had a whopping $20,000. So he quickly conceded to accepting both of the sabotages she lobbed at him. Not only did he have to prep his pumpkin dessert in a windy leaf storm, which "is not fun at all," according to Chef Chase, but he also had to devote one of his hands to holding a pumpkin on his head. But perhaps the bigger disaster struck near the end of cooking, when an accident landed two completed elements of his dish on the floor and he was left with just a tiny bite to present to the judge.

Proving Them Wrong

Though Tiffany's competitors may have underestimated her culinary chops because she isn't a professional chef, she earned Cutthroat glory with her fried pumpkin-stuffed wontons and will advance to next week's finale. 

Heat 3: Prepping Problems

On Cutthroat Kitchen, even a simple table on which to work is a luxury, as three chefs quickly learned in the Round 1 battle. Chefs Christian, Michael and Jenny found themselves prepping their frog's leg dishes in a coffin, atop a tombstone and through a gate, respectively, thanks to a diabolical sabotage from Chef Ulfet. 

More: Alton's After-Show: Tournament of Terror

High-Stakes Flames

Unfortunately for Chef Christian, his troubles didn't end with the coffin in Round 1. He was also forced to cook over open flames while at the stake. He succeeded in achieving what judge Jet Tila called a "great" exterior on his frog's legs, but he was ultimately sent home after Jet told him, "I just wish you elevated [the dish.]"

Masking Fear

"You are living in a horror movie," Chef Jenny said to Chef Ulfet, who was quick to agree, given her struggles in Round 2. In what was her first sabotage of the competition, Chef Ulfet was left with a metal mask, which served as her only equipment for mixing her witch's stew and cooking it. While she managed to heat up the surface to cook her veggies, she battled with the many holes in it, as they kept leaking the necessary liquid for her stew. 

Better Together

Chefs Michael and Jenny became culinary witches when they saddled a broom in Round 2 and took turns prepping and cooking their dishes. "Sharing a broom is going to cut our cook time in half, and stews take a while to cook, "Chef Michael noted. But in spite of the challenge, they proved to be diplomatic in splitting up their focus.

Too Many Legs

Having saved much of her money until the Round 3 devil's food cake test, Chef Jenny unleashed a double whammy of sabotages on Chef Ulfet in the third round: the challenge of wearing a spider-style contraption that featured all her tools affixed to the legs and a separate time suck that pulled her away from her station. Given her limited time, she resorted to making a clafoutis, and Alton told her, "Chef Ulfet, I have never seen a cake batter like this in my entire life."

Finale-Bound

Though Chef Ulfet indeed turned out a chocolate-focused dessert, her offering was too loose and couldn't best that from Chef Jenny, who remained sabotage-free in Round 3 and earned the win, plus a spot in the upcoming finale.

Heat 2: Strike a Pose

"It's making me go about half as fast as I would really like to be cooking," Chef Natalie says of the impediment caused by her werewolf contraption. In the Tournament of Terror, it's not enough to scare the chefs with visions of werewolves, Frankenstein and bats — the chefs also have to all but become those monstrous creatures. Chefs Natalie, Josephine and Ian donned those costumes, respectively, for the Round 1 deviled egg test, becoming limited in their arm movement because of them. 

More: Alton's After-Show: Tournament of Terror

Egging Her On

Devil's night was in full effect this week, as the Bobs tossed the eggs at the side of a house, forcing Chef Josephine to skim any and all remnants of the splattered whites and yolks in order to make her deviled eggs. She said that she was initially confident in her plan to intercept the eggs with a hand-held strainer, but ultimately that didn't work. "This plan is, like, not working. It's totally backfiring now," she admitted. "This is a nightmare."

A Web of Trouble

"This web has me tangled. I'm all stuck," Chef Paul says simply after he and Chef Natalie land atop a webbed trampoline. Spider rolls were on the menu in Round 2, so it was only fitting for them to act like spiders while making their dishes, of course. 

Upside-Down Woes

Chef Natalie spent a whopping $10,000 to saddle Chef Ian with what Alton called a "haunted spinning kitchen." Chef Ian explained, "Gravity's messing with my flame here." He did his best to follow the flame with his skillet as he attempted to make a flambeed dessert. 

A Headless Horse with a Full Wallet

Thanks to the impressive fruit-centered flambeed dessert she served judge Antonia Lofaso, Chef Natalie earned the win and advanced to the tournament finale. But she didn't enjoy the freedom of cooking without sabotage — or both hands. She was challenged to cook one-handed after becoming a newfangled headless horse that required her to hold her head with one hand.  

Heat 1: Masked Surprises

Alton wasn't the only one who donned a Hannibal Lecter-style getup: In Round 1, two chefs took turns wearing a caged mask and being strapped onto a rig while dictating how the other person should cook their liver and fava beans dish. "Nothing's really changed because of the Hannibal dolly," Chef Trevor noted, "except my fate's in another's hands."

More: Alton's After-Show: Tournament of Terror

Sharp Thinking

While prepping their garlic chicken dishes in Round 2, chefs Rouha and Janet were forced to work with handy weapons — Chef Rouha gripped machetes and Chef Janet donned knifed gloves — and they used them as pieces of equipment and cooking tools. "Uh, this is psychotic," Chef Rouha admitted simply after seeing the challenge.

Hands-On Shopping

Unfortunately for Chef Rouha, the sabotages didn't end there; thanks to a purchase by Chef Trevor, she lost the chicken she picked up in the pantry and had to fish for a new protein using her hands while blindfolded. Chicken, alligator and pork were up for grabs, but she chose the gator following a quick touch test.

Spirited Shopping

"Come on, spirits. Give me some blood orange," Trevor pleaded as he let the spirits control his roster of ingredients after he was sabotaged with the "CTK Seance Board." Luckily for him, he finally landed blood oranges, which he used to prep a cheesecake-inspired offering featuring layers of whipped cream laced with fresh blood orange juice.

A Spooky Shower

Let's just say that this shower isn't used for relaxation. In Round 3, Chef Janet landed there and had to manually secure all her tools in a menacing one-motion contraption that forced her to get creative in how she handled her blood oranges while prepping a blood orange dessert. Despite the challenge, her panna cotta was stronger than Chef Trevor's dish, and judge Richard Blais awarded her the win. "Not only did you win this round, but you won every single round today," he told her.

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