Cutthroat Kitchen

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Silly cooking challenge serves up snarky sabotage.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The twist of the competition is that chefs get to undermine challengers by making them use silly tools or handicap themselves in some way, though the tone is mostly good-natured.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chefs are often snarky to one another while looking for ways to keep them from cooking well in order to stay in the game. Chefs brag and talk about why they're better than other competitors, but with a playful tone.


Nothing violent, but utensils range from sharp knives to hatchets and blow torches.


Words like "hell" and "ass" are audible; occasional curses like "f--k" are bleeped with mouths blurred. Utensils like chopsticks are used to recreate rude gestures.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is occasionally used in dishes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cutthroat Kitchen is a cooking competition show featuring chefs purposely sabotaging each other to keep them from winning. It's meant to be fun, but some of their behavior seems more mean than competitive. There's some salty vocab ("ass," "hell"; bleeped curses with mouths blurred), too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAndrea B. September 5, 2016

Terrible show

This has to be worst show on the food network... Anyone I talk to says it's terrible.. Waste of time to watch.. Cannot watch more than 2 minutes of this...... Continue reading
Adult Written byTinyToya January 25, 2015

Entertaining and certainly underhanded.

The show definitely has Alton Brown written all over it. It involves giving chefs $25k that they can save and/or use sabotage other chefs with. This can vary fr... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLily M. October 13, 2018

Deep thoughts on the characteristics of the show.................................

While i love the show I find that Alton Brown gives off a negative vibe. While his comedic sense is excellent his violent, controlling, and rude nature could se... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 15, 2015

My Favorite Cooking Show

This is my go to cooking show. I love the auctions and the sabotages. I also like the dishes they cook because I have made some of them myself.

What's the story?

CUTTHROAT KITCHEN is a food competition show that has chefs competing for cash while sabotaging each other. Host Alton Brown assigns the cooking competitors a dish to prepare at the beginning of each of three rounds. After each one, their food is tasted by a guest judge to determine who will be eliminated. The catch? Each chef receives $25,000 that they can use to bid on special equipment, ingredients, and other things throughout each round that can be used to sabotage one another. At the end of the competition, the chef that remains in the kitchen gets to take home whatever cash s/he has left.

Is it any good?

From making the perfect pie to forcing a fellow chef to slice ingredients and wrap burritos in oven mitts, the series offers lots of fast paced cooking entertainment. It also contains some brief discussions of interesting ingredients and taste profiles. The way chefs improvise when key ingredients or utensils are taken away from them is also fascinating to watch.

The challenges definitely produce some interesting results. But while the competition is designed to be fun, occasionally the chefs' behaviors go from being competitive to being just plain mean. Foodies may like it, but the show is more about how far the chefs will go to hinder one another than the dishes they are preparing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's format. Does the behavior featured on this show represent the chefs' real personalities? Or is this behavior manufactured to make the show more entertaining?

  • Where do chefs learn all the things they need to know to create dishes with limited or unique ingredients? Which of these challenges would be the hardest for you or your family?

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