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Leawood chef competes on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen

Updated: 2014-01-26T04:11:28Z

Alex Schifman has been in some high stress kitchens where plates have flown.

But perhaps not as stressful as the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.

The executive chef of the new 801 Fish in Leawood flew to Los Angeles for the three-day shoot in October.

He is under a confidentially agreement not to talk about the experience until after it premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday. He does plan a watch party with family and friends.

Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition?

Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs $25,000 each. They can spend that money on helping themselves or sabotaging their competitors.

According to the show, “ingredients will be thieved, utensils destroyed and valuable time on the clock lost when the chefs compete to cook delicious dishes while also having to outplot the competition.”

“It’s hilarious and I am proud of what I did. But it is all up to the editors how they edit it,” Schifman said. “I would totally do it again. I went there to have a good time and it was fun.”

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