Cutthroat Kitchen Culinary Competition

The high adrenaline chef-off is back by popular demand. In this competition, each team will have 30-40 minutes (30 min round 1 and 2, 40 min round 3) to create their dish. They will plate 2 dishes one for the judges and one as a display plate.

Each round will feature 4 teams of 2 chef competitors. There will be 3 total rounds with the 3rd being the championship. The winners of rounds 1 and 2 will go on to round 3. The final 2 teams for round 3 will come from the original pool of competitors who signed up and from the non-winning competitors of rounds 1 and 2. The winning teams of round 1 and 2 will receive $100. The winning championship team will receive $500. Judges will consider presentation, taste and likeness to the theme.

Each round will feature a variety of sabotages. Sabotages can either be used by the winning team or given to another competitor. A sabotage is won by bidding on it. Each team will have $1000 UMass Chef Dollars to use to “buy” a sabotage. There will be multiple sabotages per round so each team must use caution on how much they spend.

Each round will feature a theme such as the best clam chowder. Each team must create their version of the best clam chowder using only the equipment and ingredients provided to them.

Competitors will be allowed 90 seconds to shop in the Cutthroat Pantry at the beginning of each round.

If you would like to have a chance to be chosen for this fun competition, please sign up when you register for the conference. Four competitors will be chosen on Sunday and Monday night to compete.