Oh no, I thought. Bravo is ripping off Cutthroat Kitchen, really? That, I admit, was my first reaction to the announcement of Bravo’s Recipe for Deception, which debuts tonight at 10 p.m. I love cooking competitions, but I was not eager to see another dumbed-down show that screws with people instead of just letting them cook. And Bravo advertising the show with “from the producers of Cutthroat Kitchen” just seemed to confirm that this was exactly their goal: targeting Food Network viewers.
Recipe for Deception is not, however, dumbed-down. If anything, it’s the opposite.