It seems that Cutthroat Kitchen is winding down. Only five unaired episodes have been announced, with the last scheduled for November 30. More to the point, while Food Network hasn’t made an official announcement, host Alton Brown has said he wants to take a break from being a game show host. (Check around the fifteen minute mark for his apology.) And, of course, he wants to devote his attention to a new show.

This is a problem for me.

Remember, the World Series will–barring weather interference–end tonight or tomorrow. No more baseball until Spring. Without Cutthroat Kitchen, my off-season TV viewing choices have been trimmed by a third. I’m going to have to scramble to find something to exercise to, as well as something entertaining to accompany Sunday dessert.

I’m sure something will turn up. If I find something good, rather than something totally mindless, I’ll let you know.

No, not the new show. Which will be Internet-only and called A Cooking Show. I plan to watch, but it sounds like it won’t be starting until after baseball returns. Not much help for the long, cold season ahead.

The new show, for those of you who didn’t watch the video, will be in the same vein as the late-lamented Good Eats. Lest we forget, that was the show that made Alton’s name. But, as he says, there were certain subjects Food Network wouldn’t let him do. Rabbit, liver, gizzards, and venison were early mentions on the list. Later in the video, he mentions sous vide cooking, a cheap homebrew mechanism to roast a whole pig in your back yard, and authentic German pretzels as things Food Network explicitly turned down.

Sounds like it’ll be at least as entertaining as the original Good Eats. But not until next year.

And, in the mean time, we’ve still got at least eight and a half innings of Cubs/Indians.

2 thoughts on “Uh-Oh

  1. I miss “Good Eats,” too (and I say this as a vegetarian who doesn’t eat half of what Alton Brown cooks up). But, I never really liked Cutthroat — always seemed a little forced to me. The new season of Top Chef begins December 1 … can I lure you to TV with that?


    • Despite the examples I gave, it does sound like the new show will include more vegetarian cookery than the original Good Eats. Which is, I’d agree, a good thing–and I say that as an avowed omnivore.

      I don’t know about Top Chef Abandoning Food Network for Bravo is an awfully big step. Seriously, though, I’m not that crazy about the season-long elimination format. My love of Worst Cooks is largely about the potential for something to go disastrously wrong. Come to think about it, for me, Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen are about coping with adversity, not creating “the best” dish. A season of established chefs going head to head doesn’t have a whole lot of appeal.


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