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NBC Cancels 'The Chopping Block'

Ed Levine 5 comments

nbc.com According to the television industry blog The Live Feed, The Chopping Block, Marco Pierre White's first stateside attempt at television stardom, has been canceled. This isn't surprising. As we noted after its premiere, The Chopping Block simply wasn't very good television. Even star turns by Corby Kummer and Jeffrey Steingarten couldn't redeem what was in the end an unnecessary, unoriginal attempt to capitalize on the success of Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen. [via arm1970]... More

Who Should Be on Reality TV: White, Steingarten, or Ramsay?

Ed Levine 53 comments

I've always wanted to give Jeffrey his own reality show, and after watching The Chopping Block I'm convinced it would be a huge hit. Jeffrey has the potential to be a bigger reality television star than, say, Marco Pierre White or Gordon Ramsay. More

'The Chopping Block': Do We Really Need Another Cooking Competition Show?

Ed Levine 37 comments

I know Marco Pierre White is supposed to be this galvanizing, charismatic presence, but I just wasn't feeling him last night. Does that make me a heartless, jaded serious eater with a rotten food television palate? I don't think so. It may be that that the hard drive that is my brain has no more room for any additional cooking competition shows. More

Marco Pierre White Loves Del Posto, Compares to a Warm Bath

New York Erin Zimmer 1 comment

Marco Pierre White, the archetypal badboy chef and host of Chopping Block, which premieres tonight, told Time magazine: "My favorite restaurants in New York are run by Mario Batali. He finds that balance between formality and informality. Even Del Posto... More

In Videos: Marco Pierre White on the 'Today' Show Explains 'Chopping Block' Premiere

Erin Zimmer 7 comments

Another new food reality show, Chopping Block, premieres tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. and host Marco Pierre White was on the Today show this morning explaining its deal. I think we're all wondering, another one, really? Since it has the Top Chef time slot, all the addicts who have nothing else to do can rejoice. The premise: there are two teams, four couples on each, who have 24 hours to create an entire restaurant. They'll serve the menu to the public, and White will sack a couple each week, leaving only one. As one Serious Eater pointed out, "I think the last time a cooking reality show was on NBC it was The Restaurant and we all know... More

Anthony Bourdain and Marco Pierre White Don't Want Your 18-Course Tasting Menu

Erin Zimmer 15 comments

From left: Moderator Michael Ruhlman with panelists Marco Pierre White and Anthony Bourdain in New York on Sunday, September 14. At a roundtable discussion at the Star Chefs International Chefs Congress yesterday, Anthony Bourdain and Marco Pierre White bashed elaborate tasting menus. (Moderator Michael Ruhlman mostly stayed out of the debate, but seemed to be a quiet cheerleader). "I want two courses, not 18," White asserted, recounting a horrible experience when the chef kept sending out plates. Three and a half hours later, he had no idea what he was eating—and he wanted it to stop. "I was a fool to go with the tasting menu. All I wanted was my bill, and they said no. 'You haven't had... More

Marco Pierre White on Gordon Ramsay

Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Why Marco Pierre White took over UK's version of Hell's Kitchen: "I didn’t like the way Gordon [Ramsay] portrayed my industry."... More

Marco Pierre White to Host New NBC Restaureality Show

Adam Kuban 8 comments

The famed British chef is the big name attached to The Chopping Block, a show scheduled for 2009 in which "eight American couples running two neighboring restaurants in Manhattan, with one couple being eliminated per week." Sounds like The Restaurant meets Top Chef meets Hell's Kitchen (which White hosts in the U.K.).... More

Mario Unclogged: Colliding with Marco Pierre White

Mario Batali 10 comments

Want to know what happened when our Mario Batali, Serious Eats' Irresistible Force, collided with the culinary world's Immovable Object, Marco Pierre White, over a hotel pan full of risotto? Find out today on episode 2 of Mario Batali Unclogged More

Weekend Book Giveaway: Marco Pierre White's Devil In The Kitchen

Ed Levine 72 comments

In our never-ending efforts to liven up your weekend here at Serious Eats, we're giving away five copies of Marco Pierre White's memoir, The Devil in the Kitchen. Londoner White is perhaps the world's first badboy chef, but unlike some badboy chefs, the man is a brilliant culinary talent who has inspired the likes of Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain. His book is an unflinchingly honest account of his tragedy and triumph-filled life, from losing his mother as a young boy, to his ultimate uber success as a 3-star Michelin chef; and finally his profound disillusionment with the whole star chef culture. This is no by-the-numbers chef memoir. David Kamp gave it a rave review in the New York Times... More

Batali, Bourdain, and White: Chef Supertrio Engages in Love Fest

Ed Levine 11 comments

The standing room only, overflow crowd at Borders at the Time Warner Center in New York City was eagerly awaiting the arrival of their foodie heroes: Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, and Marco Pierre White. White, who was in the U.S. to promote his moving, fascinating, and very British memoir, The Devil in the Kitchen. I imagine it was the same way last year when Cream—Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker—reunited for a tour.... More

Is Marco Pierre White Coming to America?

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Gordon Ramsay's mentor/nemesis Marco Pierre White, both the first bad boy celebrity chef and the youngest person to have three Michelin stars, has a new memoir out this coming week, The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef. His interview with Josh "Mr. Cutlets" Ozersky at New York Magazine's Grub Street stirs up all sorts of delicious questions, like: Will he be opening a restaurant in the U.S.? Will it be in New York, or Vegas? Is he going into partnership wth Mario Batali? Me, I love all this speculation—considering Ramsay's first foray into the States was found to be so uninspired that he fired his chef de cuisine, a longtime employee... More

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