Cutthroat Kitchen Slam Top Menu Item for PRDude

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

Even though the PRDude has published 185 posts over the past four years, he’s still a relative neophyte in the blogging universe.  The PRDude blogs because he wants to (when there’s time and something to say), not because there’s any monetary rewards (which would be most welcomed.)

With that established, time to  switch to the first person — and the theme of this post.

Cutthroat OneFor some reason, a post I wrote back in August bashing a new TV show called “Cutthroat Kitchen” continues to attract readers.  In fact, a total of 226 as of this writing, for a rough average of 75 per month.

That’s not going to make the folks at HuffPo or Buzz Feed nervous and change the Technorati rankings, but it’s a pretty big deal for me.

The question of the hour is why?  Why did my rant against a  reality TV food-oriented show I did not like based on previews only generate sustained interest?

I trust it was well-written and optimized.  I know it had relevance.   I hope readers found some value in the post. Cutthroat two

And, for the record, I still don’t plan on ever watching “Cutthroat Kitchen,” despite learning that it’s received fairly good ratings, and will probably do better now that “Breaking Bad” has concluded and no longer dominates Sunday TV.

(An aside: In a perverse way “Breaking Bad” was also a “cooking” show.  Of sorts.)

So I turn to you, the 226 readers who read — and hopefully enjoyed the original “Cutthroat Kitchen” post — to share your thoughts: What was so good about that blog?

Rotten Taste Already for “Cutthroat Kitchen” Food Show

By Edward M.  Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

Tonight, The Food Network, which has given the culinary curious some pretty good shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America,, will debut a new one: Cutthroat Kitchen.

Is this the kind of contestant that will appear on Cutthroat Kitchen?

Is this the kind of contestant that will appear on Cutthroat Kitchen?

Since chefs frequently wield sharp knives, I first thought this show would be something akin to The Ultimate Fighter kind of competition, only by tattooed people who can produce decent veal stock and can define the Maillard reaction.  After seeing TV promos and reading more, I stand corrected.

Hosted by Alton Brown, the program, according a web posting, is structured around “the element of a game — one that includes sabotage, scheming and backstabbing.”  (I trust the “backstabbing” part does not involve a 10-inch chef’s knife.)   There’s more:  each of the four contestants received $25,000, “money that can either be kept as a potential prize or used toward sabotage and the purchase of items/challenges.”

This concept has all the appeal of a rotten egg on burnt toast served with stale, cold coffee in a cracked cup.

Here’s why. The entire “food/foodie/celebrity chef” phenomenon has evolved — make the “devolved” — food programming into “competitions” designed to incite, appeal to the lowest common denominator and show a disregard for precious food and the skills, dedication and work required to prepare food for consumption.

Cutthroat Kitchen, which I don’t plan to watch even out of morbid curiosity, is just one of a seemingly increasing number programs that reflect poorly on the culinary arts and those who call themselves chefs.  I can learn something from a show like Chopped, like how to combine ingredients that don’t make sense into something that tastes good.

Wouldn't you rather watch and learn from this chef?

Wouldn’t you rather watch and learn from this chef?

What will I learn from Cutthroat Kitchen?  How to steal someone’s butter and ruin his or her souffle?

Too much attention is given to recent prime time food programming that goes beyond cooking and slides into headlong into unadulterated snark. True, there are still many “how to” food programs aired these days, but few in the evenings.   Read this 2011 post for my thoughts on two entertaining TV chefs who made an impression on me years before chefs held celebrity status.

Perhaps the minds at The Food Network and other networks will take the initiative to produce a program based on Take Part, a movement where eight great chefs work to end hunger in America.

In its essence, food is all about addressing hunger, is it not? And, it’s tremendous that many today take pleasure in cooking.  After all, Julia Child did not write “The Displeasure of Cooking.”