February 21, 2009 12:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
NBCis airing a new reality TV cooking series, The Chopping Block,that will have couples competing against each other for the opportunity to win agrand prize of $250,000to open their own restaurant. The contestants will be split into two teams of four couples each and given to two empty restaurant spaces, side-by-side, in the middle of the world’s busiest and hungriest city,Manhattan.
The contestants will have less than a week todesign and makeover each space, plan a menu and generate buzz-worthy publicity to ensure a crowd on opening night. Bothrestaurants will open at the same time and will be competing for the same customers.
The show is hosted by Marco Pierre White an English chef and restaurateur.Marco Pierre White has been awarded three Michelin stars during his career and is recognised bycustomers and peers alike for having provided a highly creative and innovativeenergy into contemporary international cuisine. He is known as much for his quick temper as for his exceptional skills as a chef and he will show no mercy to the contestants in this newreality TV series.
In each episode, noted food critics will be assigned to observe the chaos that inevitably unfolds on opening night and after the dust has settled, Marco Pierre White will return with the reviews. The worst-performing team will have to plead their case and one couple each week will be asked to remove their aprons as they are sent home.
To see a preview of The Chopping Block: Click Here.
The series will premiere Wednesday March 11th at 8PM ETon NBC. For more information on the new series: Click Here.
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