Alton Brown brings Cutthroat Kitchen to Great Outdoors

Food Network sends Cutthroat Kitchen to camp this summer for the five-episode special series Camp Cutthroat, where 12 cunning chefs compete for victory under the watchful eye of host and head counselor of mayhem Alton Brown.

Set in a secret location deep in the wilderness, these memorable Cutthroat alumni battle for the chance to win up to $75,000 in a tournament of great outdoors-themed culinary challenges with a diabolical twist. With extreme tug-of-war and canteen cooking to battles in the camp lake, only the contestants with the strongest culinary chops and sabotage skills make it to the end of camp.

The primetime tournament begins at 9 p.m. ET Aug. 12, leading up to a final showdown between the four winners on Sept. 9.

“Alton hits new levels of mischief and devilish humor in Camp Cutthroat,” said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president, Food Network. “We knew taking Cutthroat out of the studio and off to camp would create a one-of-a-kind event that's perfect for summer and we are excited for viewers to join in the mayhem.”

Episodes are:

Camp Cutthroat: Porks and Rec (Premieres Aug. 12) Alton gives two blindfolded chefs a pork and beans challenge, then someone finds out just what a bear does in the woods. Finally, one chef is followed by a very persistent rain cloud.
Competitors: Ruddy Bello (Boston), Emmanuel Delcour (Los Angeles), Monterey Salka (Savannah, Ga.). Judge: Simon Majumdar

Camp Cutthroat: Wet, Hot American Sabotage (Premieres Aug. 19) Alton orders two chefs to make a pancake breakfast while performing a balancing act and someone gets their mind blown by a high-powered wind machine. Then, everything is at stake during a steak dinner challenge.
Competitors: Robyn Almodovar (Miami), Jack Taylor (San Diego), Candice Wilson (Los Angeles). Judge: Simon Majumdar

Camp Cutthroat: Rock Wall Me, Amadeus (Premieres Aug. 26) Competitors struggle to hold on to their ingredients, then Alton throws a big obstacle between the chefs and their barbecue chicken. Finally, one chefs has to hang in there while cooking on a rock wall.
Competitors: Clay Carnes (Wellington, Fla.), Hop Phan (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jessica Entzel (San Francisco). Judge: Jet Tila

Camp Cutthroat: If It Bleeds, We Can Skillet (Premieres Sept. 2) One chef hits the trail in search of new ingredients, then Alton takes the chefs to a skillet breakfast cookout atop a lookout tower. Finally, one competitor gets into chilly water while making chili.
Competitors: Trevor Ball (Dallas), Demarco Ellis (Lancaster, Calif.), Emily Ellyn (Orlando). Judge: Jet Tila

Camp Cutthroat Finale: The Great Troutdoors (Premieres Sept. 9) The winners of each heat compete for up to $75,000 and Camp Cutthroat end-of-summer bragging rights. Alton sends two chefs to rock the boat and make a trout dinner, then the opponents play “capture the cheese.” For the final challenge, it's a dessert battle with a tight squeeze and the winner takes it all.
Judge: Antonia Lofaso

Fans can experience more from Alton's diabolical summertime sabotage series at for exclusive web series Alton's After-Show, behind-the-scenes footage, photos, interviews, how-to's for camp-inspired cuisine, Cutthroat cocktail recipes and much more. Viewers can join the conversation on social media using #CampCutthroat.

Camp Cutthroat is produced by Embassy Row.