New York City can have an odd sense of humor. Perhaps it was in honor of "Cutthroat Kitchen" host Alton Brown that it decided that trying to sabotage this interview would be amusing.
As a fellow straphanger when he visits NYC, Brown knows that every subway trip could turn into a Cutthroat Commute. In this, he says, cooking and commuting are not so different.
"So many people who watch ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ don’t necessarily get that the most fun part of it is simply watching the adaptability of human beings,” he says. “It’s not about doing horrible things to one another; it’s about how people clear their mind of problems and watching how people actually figure stuff out.”
This summer, Brown took his show outdoors — something he’s very familiar with — in "Camp Cutthroat," with sabotages like cooking on a rock wall and something called “capture the cheese.”
We talked to Brown about the value of camping and hacking his kitchen tools — in elementary school.