Natasha Leggero Reveals How Saboteurs Ruined Dishes On Rat In The Kitchen - Exclusive

"Rat in the Kitchen" found a new, insidious way to refresh the standard concept of the cooking competition. According to TBS, the show groups together a handful of contestants that need to make mouthwatering courses for chef Ludo Lefebvre and comedian Natasha Leggero. Over the course of each episode, one saboteur — or "rat" — has the task of messing up the intricate dishes. If the team figures out who the rat is, everyone except the rat walks away with a cash prize. If no one identifies who messed up the food, the designated saboteur gets to bring home the money.

Leggero couldn't believe the television channel tapped her for the program. "I shouldn't be part of a cooking show, I'm famously a horrible chef," she told the New York Post. That didn't stop the channel from pursuing this star comedian, and over the course of the season, Leggero witnessed some very sneaky culinary takedowns. She sat down with Mashed during an exclusive one-on-one interview and laid out exactly how she watched some food sabotages go down.

The sabotages Leggero witnessed firsthand

Natasha Leggero witnessed a few notable techniques when she thought she saw some contestants acting shady. "Some of the people, they had this very clever way of doing some bad acting, like accidentally dropping things and that kind of thing ..." she told Mashed. "I don't want to give anything away, but you can very clandestinely have some seasonings in your apron and sabotage some dishes that way."

"Sometimes, I would see people doing [things], and then I would be like, 'Oh.' Other people would see them, maybe, changing the knobs ... I'm not supposed to say anything specifically. Sorry, but yes, there were times where ... I probably would've relied on my acting skills and done it that way, but there were a lot of creative ways people chose to sabotage the dishes."

At the end of the day, the sabotages didn't spark a ton of frustration in other contestants. "I don't remember a lot of anger," Leggero continued. "No, it was more like fun. The really fun ones were the people where everyone guessed one person, and then that person was not the rat. Then, the person who was the rat was everybody's best friend. When those situations happened, it was more like a 'no-one-could-believe-it' type of vibe."

Make sure to watch the sabotages in action, and catch Natasha Leggero as she hosts "Rat in the Kitchen," which airs on TBS every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET.