What We’re Watching: The Chopping Block

Tonight, NBC premieres The Chopping Block, a show that many are hailing as the Hell’s Kitchen Ripoff.


Chef Marco Pierre White is definitely Ramsay-esque, but not. He’s the original Gordon Ramsay, the guy who made Ramsay himself cry. White also took over hosting the UK version of Hell’s Kitchen, so I can see why people would get the idea that this is where the show hails from.

But unless I miss my guess, it’s not.

I’ve posted before about a show I’ve been watching on BBC America, called Last Restaurant Standing. Acclaimed French chef Raymond Blanc gives a few couples keys to their own restaurants and puts them through challenges as they attempt, for the first time ever, to run their own restaurant. Each week, Raymond Blanc closes one restaurant and, in the end, the last restaurant standing will go into a partnership with Blanc to open their own establishment.

And here’s the premise of The Chopping Block, courtesy of NBC:

Marco Pierre White is the star of the upcoming cooking competition series on NBC titled “The Chopping Block,” featuring two teams of four couples running neighboring restaurants in Manhattan, with one couple being removed each week based on White’s decision. The final remaining couple will be given a large cash prize to be used to purchase a restaurant of their own.

So it’s almost the premise of Last Restaurant Standing, but with a guy who is the equivalent to Gordon Ramsay on crack. In the end they won’t go into a partnership with White (probably because the couples would slit their own wrists after the first year) but they’ll get a cash prize that goes toward… um, buying a restaurant? From the way the above reads I’m guessing they’ll purchase the one they were running while competing on the show? I don’t know, I’m guessing because I can’t figure out why a chef wouldn’t want to open their own, brand new baby. I’m just speculating here; there’s always some sort of catch with reality shows.

Video profiles of the contestants can be found here:

Chad & Mikey
Michael & Panya
Anapol & Lisa
Zan & Than
Angie & Samantha
Vanessa & Kelsey
Dean & Shari
Khoa & Denise

For more on Chef White, Eat Me Daily has a great article you can check out called “Who the Hell is Marco Pierre White?” and here’s a clip of his interview this morning from The Today Show.

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