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Funky Monkey Wine Company Chef To Appear on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen Hosted by Alton Brown

Update: “Cutthroat Kitchen” viewing party with Chef Ashley Nickell

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Chef Ashley Nickell will show off her culinary chops and sabotage skills in the new season of the Food Network series Cutthroat Kitchen.

Cooking skills aren’t enough to win in Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen – in this competition series; chefs must also be crafty, clever and willing to sabotage their opponents. Hosted by Alton Brown as the kitchen’s cunning provocateur, this game features a briefcase of cash, four competitors, three rounds of cooking and auctions where chefs bid on items to help themselves or hinder their opponents. (Preview the first episode: http://www.foodnetwork.com/cutthroat-kitchen/shrimp-or-get-off-the-pot-sticker/index.html )

“Cutthroat Kitchen is a cooking competition like viewers have never seen before – culinary skills can get chefs into the kitchen, but they will have to play a game of wits to stay there,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

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“Cutthroat Kitchen is a cooking competition like viewers have never seen before – culinary skills can get chefs into the kitchen, but they will have to play a game of wits to stay there,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

In each episode, four chefs are greeted by Alton with a briefcase filled with cash. Each contestant receives $25,000 to spend wisely over the course of the game on auction items to help themselves or impair their competitors. After each cooking challenge is announced, chefs have sixty seconds to gather ingredients in the pantry and then regroup for an auction to bid on culinary curveballs, such as the exclusive use of salt or not allowing their opponents to taste their dishes. A chef will be eliminated after each of the three rounds, and the last competitor to survive becomes a Cutthroat Kitchen Champion.

About Chef Ashley Nickell: Chef Ashley Nickell is the Chef de Cuisine at her family’s restaurant Funky Monkey Wine Company on Mills Avenue in Orlando, Florida. “When I first saw Alton Brown was going to be doing Cutthroat Kitchen I knew I had to be on that show” says Nickell. “I work in my family restaurant and have been trained by my father, Eddie Nickell, on how to cook and his partner, Nicholas Olivieri, on how to make it happen no matter what” she continued. “I have been living Cutthroat Kitchen my whole life! My dad is like the other competitors and Nicholas is like Alton Brown!”

Last July, Nickell was contacted by the casting company saying they wanted to interview her for Cutthroat Kitchen. The company loved Nickell’s petite, sweet demeanor covering a fierce competitor and she was flown out to Los Angeles to film the episode.

“It was an amazing experience”, she said. “I have always loved Alton Brown and meeting him in person was everything for me, but I knew I was there to fight! I know I can cook, and I know I can think on my feet, but nothing prepares you for how intense this competition is. With the variety of gadgets in the kitchen can be very intimidating. You can read this recent article by KitchenKnowHow to learn about the things present in the kitchen. Starting off with Alton telling you what he wants and releasing you to the pantry with only 60-seconds to prepare and then to have the other chefs try to take you down with the curveballs Alton Brown auctions off. It is a test of nerves, stamina, thinking on your feet and intimidating your challengers.”

Nickell is not allowed to discuss her episode of the show until after it airs!

The episode called “Shrimp or get off the Pot Stickers” is scheduled to air Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10PM. According to Food Network’s description of the episode, “One chef gets put in a sticky situation when their pot sticker wrappers are doused in honey. Then, two chefs get up close and personal when they are forced to share ingredients to create their best peanut butter and jelly. And in a climactic conclusion, it’s fresh versus frozen when a chef must harvest their shrimp from a block of ice.”

The Funky Monkey Wine Company, 912 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 and 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, are known for their “stylish yet unconventional” atmosphere and fresh, seasonal menus.

Funky Monkey Wine Company is a member of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), National Restaurant Association, Tasters Guild Orlando, Visit Orlando and Mills-50. For more information or reservations visit them online at www.funkymonkeywine.com –

Learn more about CutThroat Kitchen: http://www.foodnetwork.com/cutthroat-kitchen/index.html

(Related information: To learn about various essential kitchen hacks and quick recipies, visit Kitchenistic.com)