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Marco Pierre White to Host New Food Reality show Called The Chopping Block

Marco Pierre White Is on The Chopping Block

If you're a foodie with access to BBC America (or BBC regular), then you've probably caught an episode of Last Restaurant Standing. The reality show pits couples — many with little or no professional cooking experience — against each other as they compete to open a restaurant. The BBC version is hosted by Raymond Blanc, a two-star Michelin chef and food personality. I've caught a few episodes, but can't quite seem to get into it.

I wonder then, will I give it a chance when its Americanized version begins? NBC has just announced that Marco Pierre White will be hosting a new show called The Chopping Block. The show will feature eight couples running two neighboring restaurants, and one will be eliminated each time. It's a little bit different, but the bones sure do look like Last Restaurant Standing.

If you're wondering who Marco Pierre White is, it should be noted that he's tough enough to make Gordon Ramsay cry. He's one of Britain's original celebrity chefs, and the current host of the UK version of Hell's Kitchen. I imagine there's going to be a lot of swearing and yelling in his new show. Maybe this less-civilized version of LRS will be more fun?


thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
Thanks for all the info on that, Godeats! I hadn't known all the details. It sounds like quite a mess all the way around - yeesh!
godeats godeats 9 years
Ramsey actually stole the resy book from Aubergine and then blamed Marco for it so that Aubergine wouldn't hire Marco in Ramsey's wake. Ramsey pulled off one of the biggest fine dining coups ever when he walked out of the restaurant, stole the reservation book (which he didn't admit to for years and years)and talked almost all of the staff into leaving ultimately forcing the 4 star restaurant to close its doors for over two weeks. The case was settled out of court for an untold amount of money- Aubergine wanted Ramsey's share of the business back first and foremost and Ramsey wanted what he felt he was owed. He then went on to open his own restaurant and earn multiple Michelin stars; much to the chagrin of former teacher-cum-competitor Marco. They're both highly rated chefs, though Marco has been "out of the business" for a number of years. I believe he operates a little gastropub still, but that's nothing compared to Ramsey's many restaurants sprinkled all over the world. White is quite a bit older; I'm surprised he's up for tv show. Must be the competitor in him- though I'm sure Ramsey helped talk him into it.
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
Godeats, Yeah, I didn't phrase that well - I was meaning to say that I wondered how many people would see White as an imitator of Ramsay instead of the other way around. I hadn't heard, though, that they had become friends again. That would be nice if they have. I know that their rivalry was pretty intense for a while, though - I don't remember the specifics, but they started having around the time Gordon started branching out on his own, and I know there was a big flap over Ramsay stealing White's reservation book, really screwing up things for him at one point. But thanks for the correction, when I went back and re-read what I wrote, I realized it wasn't clear at all!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
That picture is disturbing...
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I've caught a few episodes of LRS, not sure if I'll catch NBC's version of the show. I find that remakes loose their original edge and are too slick using the same old format as other reality shows, that's when I say adios.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i've been watching the BBC-America version and i like it a lot - so i can't wait until the USA version comes out. i hope though that they won't have any GROSS tasks like killing and serving eels. tht was just AWFUL in my opinion.
godeats godeats 9 years
Thorswitch, If anything, Ramsey is an imitation of White. White taught him most of what he knows and although they are very competitive, they are also very good friends and spend a lot of time together. Ramsey went to work for Marco when he was quite young. Marco Pierre White was the first celebrity chef in Britain and known for throwing outrageous temper tantrums. He was also the man that introduced a young Mario Batali to culinary prowess and a "professional kitchen".
godeats godeats 9 years
I hate how they've dumbed down the American version of Kitchen Nightmares and glammed up the American version of Hell's Kitchen. The BBC versions are SOOO much better. I guess what surprises me is the sentence in the above article that questions whether or not we know who Marco Pierre White is. If you're into food, I don't know how you couldn't.
verily verily 9 years
I've seen LRS a few times. I'm sure The Chopping Block will be incredibly Americanized, just like Kitchen Nightmares. More drama, more freakish people, less emphasis on the food.
LaPerla2 LaPerla2 9 years
hmm...that pic really bugged me out. He looks like he's puffin on a blunt.
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
I've really been enjoying Last Restaurant Standing. It's different because it has a somewhat slower pace than most reality/competition/elimination shows - one week all of the restaurants are opened for the weekend, and then the three restaurants that are judged to have done the most poorly for that week are then given a second type of challenge and the couple that does the worst on that task is sent home. So rather than a couple going home each week, its one every other week. I kind of like the somewhat slower pace because it gives you a better chance to get to know the contestants and also to see what kind of things they have to deal with during the competition. It'll be interesting to see what Marco Pierre White does with it, though. I'd read that he and Gordon Ramsey used to be fairly close, but now have a pretty heated rivalry going. My concern is that since we've gotten rather used to Gordon as being the hot-headed foul-mouthed chef-taskmaster, will Marco be able to successfully carve out his own spot, or will he just come off as an imitation of Gordon, especially since most Americans aren't going to be all that familiar with his reputation or history?
fadeastride fadeastride 9 years
Holy cow, that guy sounds crazy/awesome. I love how obnoxious Gordon Ramsay is, so I'll probably adore White even more. I am a strange creature.
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