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Kansas City chef finishes strong in ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ competition

Janet Ross, a sous chef at Cafe Sebastienne, had to prepare a dish with a “Psycho”-themed element — using a murderous knife while standing in a clawfoot bathtub — on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror.”
Janet Ross, a sous chef at Cafe Sebastienne, had to prepare a dish with a “Psycho”-themed element — using a murderous knife while standing in a clawfoot bathtub — on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror.” Food Network

Kansas City chef Janet Ross may have made it to just the second round the first time she appeared on the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” but she certainly redeemed herself when she returned this week.

In the Wednesday, Sept. 28, episode of “Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror,” Ross overcame a “Psycho”-themed sabotage in the final round to be crowned winner of the tournament’s first heat.

“It was super fun the second time around,” she said before the episode aired. “I really loved this experience. This time, I was a little more ready.”

No matter how much she might have prepared, she couldn’t have expected the lengths host Alton Brown would go to for the show’s theme. Brown donned a Hannibal Lecter costume while contestants had to contend with spooky sabotages: using a “haunted” candelabra to cook a meal, procuring ingredients through a possessed Ouiji board or, in Ross’ case, preparing dinner while wearing Edward Scissorhands knife gloves.

Ross also had to wear a scary clown costume draped across her shoulders, prompting Brown to say, “She’s tough, that one.” Later, she had to stand inside a makeshift shower and use a “Psycho”-type knife to prepare her final dish.

“Everyone on ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ is so nice and so fun,” said Ross, a sous chef at Cafe Sebastienne in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. “It makes you feel so comfortable, like everyone is really behind you.”

Ross will compete in the final round of the tournament in an episode that airs Oct. 26.

Kate Miller: 816-234-4077, @_Kate_Miller_

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