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Cutthroat Kitchen Goes All-Star

Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchenwill feature 16 elite chefs competing this fall in the five-episode Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament, where the winner will receive bragging rights and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice.

The primetime event, hosted by Alton Brown, kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9pm ET/PT with the first all-star match-up, leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 9pm ET/PT, where the grand prize is awarded.

"Cutthroat Kitchen is equal parts culinary contest and battle of wits and with these food masters competing under the leadership of the one-and-only Alton Brown, the inaugural Superstar Sabotage tournament is certain to be fierce and funny," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior  Vice President, Food Network, in a statement.

Episodes are:

Superstar Sabotage, Heat One (Premieres Oct. 8 at 9pm ET/PT)

Chefs Susan Feniger, Jeff Mauro, Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequeira face off in the first battle, where their sabotages involve a treadmill station, carnival hammer game and conveyor toaster. Judge: Antonio Lofaso.

Superstar Sabotage, Heat Two (Premieres Oct. 15 at 9pm ET/PT)

In round two, Nadia G, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in sabotages including an unusually high prep table, cooking in a popcorn machine and getting a hand stuck in a cookie jar. Judge: Jet Tila.

Superstar Sabotage, Heat Three (Premieres Oct. 22 at 9pm ET/PT)

Chefs Anne Burrell, Eric Greenspan, Johnny Iuzzini and Damaris Phillips compete in the third tournament episode with sabotages such as a floating prep station, holding hands with another chef and replacing their mixing and cooking vessels with lemons and banana leaves. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

Superstar Sabotage, Heat Four (Premieres Oct. 29 at 9pm ET/PT)

There's only one more spot in the finale, and Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani each think they have what it takes to get there.  They are faced with sabotages including gambling for ingredients and swapping utensils and knives for tools made of cheese and banana leaves. Judge: Antonia Lofaso.

Superstar Sabotage, Finale (Premieres Nov. 5 at 9pm ET/PT)

Winners from prior heats compete to win up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

After each episode, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/Cutthroat for Alton's insider take on the week's sabotages in Alton's After-Show, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the competition.

Cutthroat Kitchen is produced by Embassy Row.