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Chopping Block (new show)


SERIES PREMIERE Wednesday, March 11th 8/7c – Acclaimed Chef Marco Pierre White challenges potential restaurateurs on The Chopping Block!

Perfect timing since Top Chef just finished its 5th season. I know pretty much nothing about this show but I plan on recording it and watching it.

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  1. i bet the people who produce "chopped" on FN are PO'd

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    1. re: thew

      Probably. And this appears to be new contestants each week, but with the added drama of the challenge revolving around a restaurant opening, not just a meal. And it's on network TV. Chopped may fall to the side before it ever got going...

      1. re: gastrotect


        It sounds to me like it is more like The Apprentice but based solely on food/restaurants. I don't think there are many similarities to FN's chopped aside from the name.

        1. re: pollymerase

          my comment was about the name. and in the world of marketing, that is more than enough

    2. Thanks to God you posted! I have directv and have been searching for the show for a month to no avail. I don't know why but the search feature is terrible on this DVR compared to tivo. So thanks!!!

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      1. re: mmerino

        A bit OT but sall DirecTV and ask them to replace your DVR with a Tivo for DirecTV. That's what we have and its fabulous.

        1. re: laylag

          this show is based on an australian series that screens on channel nine.The aussie version is o.k wonder how the us version will go.

          1. re: wustof

            I'm guessing a bit more abusive than Top Chef but more talented than Hell's Kitchen? I hope there's good food and heaps of funny insults.

            1. re: Ericandblueboy

              >>..but more talented than Hell's Kitchen<<

              Is it possible to find people less talented than the people on Hell's Kitchen? Seriously!

              Maybe the people who get knocked out first on the Next Food Network Star.

              1. re: Phaedrus

                from a purely business stand point, if I were Ramsay I would want aperson that i could thoroughly "mold" to be an executive chef in one of my restaurants. That being said, it is no surprise that the contestants in HK aren't the MOST adept at their art.

                1. re: Lenox637

                  You do realize that none of the "winners" really go on to work for Ramsey longer than the one year prize stipulated on the show, right? A potted plant would do just as well as any of the past winners.

                  1. re: KTinNYC

                    I was wondering what had happened to Rock, as he seemed to be the best of the winners on HK. Looks like he left LV and headed back to DC to work at Next Door:



                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      "You do realize that none of the "winners" really go on to work for Ramsey longer than the one year prize stipulated on the show, right?"

                      It seems this season that the winner will not even be working under Ramsey at all. The Bogota is not one of his properties. AFAIK Ramsey has never had a place in Vegas either so the one past winner that went there never worked "for" or under Ramsey either.

                      1. re: Fritter

                        for the record, the name of the resort in AC is Borgata, not Bogota.

        2. Want to recommend Marco's autobiography, which is a quick read. Yes, he has a volcanic temper but the best story is when he's roped in to cook for a charity benefit run by Prince Charles. He tries to avoid the Prince but of course he can't. Charles, he says, speaks at him in French, not knowing that Marco grew up in a council flat in the Midlands. Says Charles must have been the worst briefed man ever and was furious about it.

          1. I just thought I'd bump this up - to remind folks tonight is the premiere!

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            1. re: NellyNel

              Just checked the TVGuide. Damn! Still at work and I don't get home until after 8:30P and don't have DVR. I'll bet that they won't repeat this a zillion times like they do for Top Chef.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Check Hulu.com tomorrow. Chopping Block is on NBC and many NBC shows turn up on Hulu because it's co-owned by NBC and Fox.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  Thanks! Still at work. Grrrrrrrr......

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Not to rub it in but I'm quite enjoying the show. I checked and there are a ton of clips of Chopping Block on Hulu so I'm optimistic they will show the entire episode.


                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      OK, BEST line so far was when Corby Kummer (Atlantic Monthly and Boston Magazine) walked in to give his feedback as the "secret food critic" who ate at both restaurants, one of the the chefs (I think on the black team) said something along the lines of "it was like being judged in Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" - perfect after listening to Corby Kummer! LOL

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        "it was like being judged by Mr. Rogers. The bad version"

                        My favorite exchange;
                        MPW: "Who should go home"
                        Khoa: "I don't know"
                        MPW: "You want to own a restaurant?"
                        Khoa: "Yes."
                        MPW:"Than put your balls on the table and make a decision"

                        1. re: KTinNYC

                          That was the line about Kummer. And right after I posted what I did was MPW's line about balls on the table. <vbg>

                          BTW - I just noticed that Chowhound hasn't switched over to DST - my post is showing as 7:49PM Eastern Time, when that part of the show was actually at 8:49PM.

                        2. re: LindaWhit

                          Corby Kummer worked as a "secret" food critic, because he hasn't been very visible on network or cable tv, but next week the "secret" food critic is Jeffrey Steingarten. I wager every single contestant will recognize him!

                          1. re: ChefJune

                            i thought about that too. obviously after the first dinner service they all know they'll be judged by a professional food critic anyway, but it would be more fun to see them sweating it out trying to figure out *which* diner is the critic now!

                          2. re: LindaWhit

                            Did anyone else catch Kummer saying, just after the waiter left their table at his first meal, in the most faux-incredulous and officious tone possible, "His KLAIR-ette, not his klair-AY?"

                            Yes, Mr. Kummer, you pretentious twit. Claret is an English word. It may be derived from the French word for "pale", but it is not a French word, and it is pronounced KLAIR-ette. Look in any dictionary, or in Wikipedia.

                            What a git.

                  2. re: NellyNel

                    Thank you! I would have missed it otherwise...And now that Top Chef is over, this will fit the bill for must see TV on wednesday nights!

                    1. re: soypower

                      It's not going to fill the bill for that many weeks.
                      If MPW eliminates a couple each week, there are only six more episodes. That's not enough time to build up watchers.
                      (Top Chef started with ??17 chefs this time. that's more than three months of episodes) (versus seven)

                  3. Boo. I didn't really like it. Editing was very strange. It was like they dumped us in the middle of the series instead of the first episode. No explanation of who the couples are, where they came from, what their food backgrounds are, what kind of restaurant they want to open, how they were divided among the two teams, etc. We got bits and pieces through the episode, but I couldn't remember who anyone was. I couldn't even figure out who went with whom, couple-wise.

                    The biggest bummer though is there's almost no actual cooking. We just saw people messing up, fighting over tickets and expediting, etc. Nothing about the FOOD other than a shot of the prepared plate. I want to know what went into it! What it was supposed to taste like! Why they decided to cook what they did!

                    <sigh> I guess I just want Top Chef back! (But with a more talented cast this time.) Oh well. I'll probably still watch, but I can't see getting that into this show.

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                    1. re: charmedgirl

                      So it wasn't just me...I thought the episode they were showing on Hulu was just a summary, but really it just begins sort of in the middle of the challenge? I miss the structure of Top Chef, where you actually know what's going on. It seems as if the show was sort of thrown together like some of the dishes the couples put together in the first part of the show. I'd like to see better editing.

                      1. re: charmedgirl

                        I agree about the editing. It was very choppy, didn't follow storylines or explain much. They all rushed into the van for food, grabbing everything and then? What happened? How did they decide what to grab and what the menu selection was? How did they decide how to arrange the restaurant and how did they do it? There is no way that in less than 24 hours, they painted, bought furniture, arranged it, etc. themselves. Too many clippets and not enough complete action.

                        1. re: chowser

                          I agree that most of the action was left on the cutting room floor. Instead of the restaurants being called Black and Red, it should have been Smoke and Mirrors!

                          1. re: chowser

                            the furniture was there, as were all the plates and kitchen tools, as they showed at the start

                          2. re: charmedgirl

                            I know I'm a bit late to this party but just watched it last night on Tivo and DH and I had the exact same comments about it. It was formulaic in many ways which is boring but then adding the weird editing and other poor production decisions, made it lousy even for or a reality show. We also said we'd give it one more episode but then it may come off the season pass.

                          3. I forced myself to watch it, constantly fighting the urge to channel surf. I think "Acclaimed chef" Marco Pierre White is ploddingly boring and certainly does not impress me as someone who I would want touching my food! I quickly came to the conclusion the show is improperly named. Judging from tonight's "plot", I think it could best be called "Kitchen Wars," what with all the battling between front of the house and back. At this juncture, I have no plans to waste another hour of my time.

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                            1. re: Caroline1

                              "Judging from tonight's "plot", I think it could best be called "Kitchen Wars,""
                              or for those of us who are TC fans, Restaurant Wars!

                            2. I want to see MArco cook, not these noobs.

                              1. what i like is that, by 5 minutes into it, it felt more IN new york, than the entire season on TC did.

                                1. I don't have cable, so the only other time I saw White was on Martha Stewart's show. She is about 5'9" tall, and on the big-boned side, but standing next to White, she looked diminutive! Between his proportions and stentorian voice, it's no wonder that he doesn't have to have tant-Ramsay-ums to intimidate the newbies. As Bourdain commented, White has a very commanding personality.

                                  Anyone else think the Black restaurant may be possessed? First, the crypt-like atmosphere, and then the appliance poltergeist? If I were a betting person, I'd go with the Redstaurant.

                                  1. A silly show with little about it that speaks of food. Imagine creating a team of cooks (or FOH) in 24 hours with a few experienced people - utter chaos. No order on the line or during service. No real discussion or presentation of the menu. Accusations and yelling among the contestants during judging. A critic that was a true prig. All this and not entertaining.

                                    1. I'm surprised that nobody here gets BBC America and watches Last Restaurant Standing, which is now showing it's 2nd season here in the US (the season finished showing last fall in the UK). This show is virtually identical other than MPW for Raymond Blanc and that LRS goes in 2 week cycles giving the bottom 3 couples an extra week to show which ones are the worst and need to go home. The other difference is that each couple has their own restaurant, so they have to hire their own FOH and BOH staff, rather than play staff for each other (which always leads to accusations of sabotage, as in The Apprentice).

                                      Compared to LRS, I found Chopping Block to be much less about food, and more filmed/edited to show the politics and personalities. LRS has the time to get into the characters more. Since they start by creating their own restaurant (name, theme, menu), and run it over several weeks, they show more of their food, their cooking and leadership abilities. I'm not turning off CB, I'll watch both. But I'm not terribly impressed by it so far, and I most definitely am not at all impressed by MPW. I need him to pour cioppino on somebody's chest, or scream navvy this and navvy that or have one of the cooks dump two handfuls of salt into his buerre blanc on the way out!

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                                      1. re: applehome

                                        While LRS came to mind during previews, there was no resemblance to Chopping Block. I'd love to see the show come to the US (and I'd love to be on it too!). That show is focused on people who seem to love food and its presentation that they'd give up their "day job" to start a restaurant. CB just seems silly and contrived in comparison and I respect the couple who left.

                                        1. re: applehome

                                          agree that LRS is an enjoyable show, more food-based, although FOH factors into decisions. Also, you get more info about the people - I honestly do not know anything about anyone on CB after watching it. I am curious, when a couple goes home on CB, how does that team fare - do they then just have to do the same work with fewer people? Seems like losing twice would put a huge dent in that resto's staff. How many eliminations will there be before one side is at a major disadvantage?

                                          1. re: applehome

                                            Agreed Apple,
                                            I really like LRS, and I thought this show didn't show much about the food or personalities. I am depressed over the end of Top Chef, and thought this would fill the void. I found myself bored, and not really caring about the teams. I will probably continue to watch,and hope it improves.

                                            1. re: applehome

                                              There is a thread on here about Last Restaurant Standing, it's not hugely busy, but a few of us a hooked on the show. (And its subtitles.)

                                              1. re: applehome

                                                Here, here, applehome! It's the same premise, just edited (badly) for american tv. I guess giving each team a restaurant was too expensive for the producers to handle in Manhattan or something, but by not doing so, they've gutted the whole concept of the show. The way it's presented in the US version is, as others have surmised, kind of an "Apprentice" format. There really is no way to win, other than to skate by under the radar every week. That as versus the UK version, where each team had to put their vision on the line every single week. It's a poor adaptation.

                                              2. i didn't try hulu so i don't know what's there, but the whole episode is on the nbc website.