There’s a new backstabbing, culinary meet cunning food competition. Bloomfield’s own chef/Owner, Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, will be a contestant on the premiere episode of the Food Network’s newshow, Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown.
You have to do more than cook to win this new competition series; chefs must also be crafty, clever and willing to sabotage their opponents. In each episode, four chefs are greeted by Alton with a briefcase filled with $100,000; each contestant receives $25,000 to spend over the course of the game on auction items to help themselves or sabotage their competitors. After each cooking challenge is given, chefs have 60 seconds to gather ingredients in the pantry and then regroup for an auction to bid on culinary curveballs such as the exclusive use of salt or not allowing their opponents to taste their dishes. A chef will be eliminated after each of the three rounds, and the last competitor to survive wins the money they have left in their bank.
Here’s the description of the first episode:
In this sadistic episode of savory sabotage, we’ll find out if the chefs can make a winning pork chops and applesauce dish … without the use of pork chops or apples! Then we’ll see a literal meltdown, as the chefs compete to make the perfect mac and cheese. And finally, one chef has to swim upstream as they’re forced to whip up fish and chips without use of a fryer.
Catch Palmieri on the show’s debut, Sunday,
August 11 September 15 at 10 pm ET.