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KC restaurateur Stretch to appear on Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’

Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, owner of Grinders and Crossroads KC, will appear on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” May 31.
Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, owner of Grinders and Crossroads KC, will appear on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” May 31. Submitted photo

Last year, Kansas City chef Shanita McAfee won $14,800 on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” a cooking competition show hosted by Alton Brown that pits four chefs against one another.

Now another KC restaurateur is set to appear on “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Stretch, the sculptor and entrepreneur behind Grinders and Crossroads KC in the Crossroads Arts District and Grinders at Stonewall in Lenexa, faces off with three other chefs in an episode that airs at 9 p.m. on May 31.

On the episode, “Grill or Be Grilled,” Stretch and three other chefs compete to be named “Cutthroat’s grill master,” according to Food Network’s synopsis. “One chef makes a dish that almost tastes like chicken. Then somebody feels the heat while tied to a rotisserie. Finally, burgers as never before.”

On “Cutthroat Kitchen,” chefs are each given $25,000 at the beginning of the competition. They can use the money to buy helpful tools or sabotage other chefs. The winning chef gets to take home his or her leftover cash.

When McAfee was on the show, she had to make a chimichanga with imitation crab forced on her by a competitor and cook Thai coconut soup while tethered to another chef. McAfee also did her fair share of sabotaging her competitors. During the final challenge — a challenge to see who could make the best Rice Krispies treat — McAfee gave up $8,700 to force her competitor use soggy cereal.

Stretch’s coming appearance on “Cutthroat Kitchen” won’t be his first time on TV. He previously appeared on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and “Guy’s Big Bite,” Travel Channel’s “Pizza Paradise,” Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” and Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters,” to name a few. Follow Stretch on Twitter (@STRETCHartist) for updates.

Contact Sarah Gish at sgish@kcstar.com or @sarah_gish.

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