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Mar 6, 2009 10:01 AM

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 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.