Out of all the cooking shows I’ve seen, Cutthroat Kitchen is by far my favorite because of all the sabotage.
The show begins with four contestants, all chefs, and each is given $25,000 to spend on items to either sabotage their opponents, or aid in their victory.
There are three rounds. During each round, the Chefs are told to cook something new and are given one minute to shop through the pantry to gather all items needed to prepare said dish.
If you spend too long in the pantry and the doors shut on you, you lose an item out of your basket.
The bidding then begins. Items like tinfoil, boxed potatoes candy food replacements are purchased then either used, or given to other chefs.
Then the cooking begins. With only one hour of cooking time, everybody is scurrying and each ends up sweating by the episode due to constant exertion.
I think the best sabotage I’ve seen so far is in season 2, episode 3 where someone paid to have someone have a potato masher Duct-Taped to their arm, rending their hand useless, other than to mash potatoes.
I absolutely love how the rivalries begin, and it’s quite comical to see the person who has sabotaged people the most ultimately lose at the end of the round.
What keeps me coming back for more is to see the new ways that the contestants can sabotage their rival chefs.
I’ll give the show a rating of 86/100. Over 60 points means I’ll watch again. Rating is based on four categories: reality, plot, originality and acting; each with a 25 point maximum. The reality category is rating in terms of genre, so in an action show, action would replace reality. I’m going to classify “Cutthroat Kitchen” as a reality.