Genre: Reality, Cooking
Premise: ``Cutthroat Kitchen'' isn't a typical cooking competition. A player, in addition to being a good chef, must be able to outwit and, at times, sabotage opponents to win. Each episode features four people vying in three rounds to win up to $25,000 cash. At the beginning, $100,000 is split evenly among the players to spend however they wish during the game. The chefs spend the money at auctions to get things that could help them -- like buying exclusive use of salt -- or hinder their opponents -- like prohibiting them from tasting a recipe in progress. Each round eliminates one chef, until there is a winner. Although the competitors want to make purchases at auction to improve the chances of winning, they don't want to spend too much; the amount remaining in the winner's bank determines the ultimate prize. Some special tournaments -- usually seasonally themed -- stretch across multiple episodes and offer higher amounts of money. Alton Brown hosts.
S05, E13 (First Aired: Dec. 7, 2014)
The chefs play white elephant to determine their sabotages for their ham dinner; two chefs gather around the tree to open presents filled with their new ingredients; cooking holiday cookies in a fireplace.
S12, E07 (First Aired: Dec. 16, 2015)
Two chefs have to prep their Christmas quiche on a pile of snow; two chefs must make a duck dinner while sitting on Santa's lap; eggnog dessert in a giant snow globe.