*Don’t let the sweet face on the woman pictured above fool you. Just ask the 90-lb Asian chick who fell for it. You see where it got her right?
But if you didn’t get to see the antics on the episode of “Cutthroat Kitchen” – the hit reality cooking show on The Food Network, that aired on Sunday, January 17, take my word for it:
It got that little woman absolutely nowhere.
The show is hosted by Alton Brown, an all-around television personality and author with an obvious penchant for hosting food shows and each 60-minute episode gives four chefs the opportunity to compete in a three-round elimination cooking competition.
Its a show driven by humor (with shots that cut to funny facial expressions and voice overs from the chefs and Brown), a competitive spirit, and loads of zany sabotages that often make no sense at all…which is probably the whole purpose of them.
Ameera Muhammad, aka “Chef Ameera,” won the hearts of viewers AND the competition as she Zenned her way through the challenges of cooking dishes she admits she had tasted before, but never actually made; at least not before the competition where she walked away with the title of WINNER and $5,000.00 cash. The prize money ends up being whatever the amount of money he or she was able to hold on to from the sabotage cash they were given at the top of the show.
And Chef Ameera told the viewing audience from the very beginning “things taste better served with love’ and it is that attitude that obviously kept the Studio City resident and mother of two poised and cool-headed throughout the grueling process.
“My motto had been the same since I first had the vision back in 2007. It is “Everything Tastes Better with Love,” Chef Ameera told EURThisNthat Editor, DeBorah B. Pryor, on the eve of the show as a gathering of her friends, family and colleagues joined the chef and her mother, former Motown executive Jackie Ingram, at The Man Cave, a sports bar in Universal City, to watch the show.
And of the challenges the chefs must endure on the show, Ameera has this to say…
“One of the most challenging aspects of the show is that it’s designed to keep you locked in your mind; trying to figure what moves to make. Not to mention only having 60-seconds to grab your supplies. It’s pressure cooker and the only way to maintain focus is to stay centered and always trust your gut!”
This winner obviously knows what she’s talking about!
One of the new dishes Chef Ameera and the others were challenged to make was “Yakitori” – a Japanese skewered chicken. But apparently the chef had nothing to worry about, as judge Jet Tila assured her…
“This is one of the best dishes I’ve tasted in Cutthroat Kitchen History.”
Muhammad says she was so encouraged by the judge’s words.
“Being that I’ve been making egg rolls and Asian food since I was 8 years old, I was honored by the feedback and will keep that dear to my heart,” says Ameera.
Muhammad, who has worked with a long line of celebrities including Kelly Rowland, Blake Griffin, Lil Wayne, Ne-yo, DeAndre Jordan, T.I, Lance Gross, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Allen – the Co-Founder of Microsoft, tells ThisNthat the method she employed to ultimately win on the show.
“The day before I taped my episode, I studied other episodes and was thinking of a strategy to walk away with as much cash as possible. When I got on set, the plans of my mind were negated for the plans in my heart and soul. It wasn’t about the money and that’s a key element as to why I won.”
EURThisNthat congratulates Chef Ameera on surmounting the challenge and inspiring us all to WIN with love!