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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 11, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Gordan Ramsey's former boss Marco Pierre White gets into the cooking reality TV business with a team competition to win $250,000 to open a restaurant.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Reality, Game Show, Food & Cooking
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Not everyone dreams of opening a fusion bistro or perfecting a vol-au-vent, but many feel that they had a tougher time learning their trade than younger, mollycoddled and overly entitled upstarts. And for those, The Chopping Block cuts just right.
  2. As reality shows go, the concept isn't bad: Two teams with four couples each operate restaurants across the street from one another in New York. But Chopping Block botches the introductions in tonight's premiere.
  3. This new effort from NBC is literally a chop off the old block.
  4. Though perhaps slightly more rational than his Fox counterpart, who's increasingly becoming a caricature of himself, White's given to ponderous pronouncements that make every decision on The Chopping Block sound like a matter of life and death.
  5. Reviewed by: Devra First
    40
    The show has seasoned reality TV talent behind it, so it's a surprise to find The Chopping Block structurally jumbled, with hardly any time spent introducing the contestants.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    The glowering White--with his brooding eyes, tennis shoes and Three Stooges' Larry Fine haircut--is more pretentious and irritating than most.
  7. 20
    A maddeningly empty hour in which hapless schmoes endure insults and temper tantrums from a pompous clod. It's enough, as the British say, to put you off your food.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4