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 in order 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 chances of winning, none wants to spend too much; the amount remaining in the winner's bank determines the ultimate prize. Alton Brown hosts.
In the first heat of the Time Warp Tournament, the chefs head back to the 1950s; the chefs stuff themselves into a phone booth as they make an all-American breakfast; one chef has to make rock and roll moves to get ingredients for their TV dinner.
In the second heat, the chefs head back to the sixties; three chefs ride around the kitchen in a mustard submarine; two chefs have to prep chicken Kiev on protest signs; one chef has to make banana pudding while wearing a space suit.