The Chopping Block - Variety

The Chopping Block stirs in ingredients from so many reality shows it's a wonder this gruel has any flavor at all. Marco Pierre White hosted Hell's Kitchen in the U.K., and we're told he trained fellow celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali. Mostly, though, this is just The Amazing Race meets "The Restaurant," as two teams consisting of couples try to start competing Manhattan bistros, with the winning duo earning $250,000 to open their own eatery. Unfortunately, the show faces a double whammy familiar to both TV and foodies - serving a bland dish in a rotten location.

"Fight for what you want in life," White tells his charges, during a series of taped interludes in which he dispenses restaurant/career/life advice. All that's missing from these gauzy scenes, really, is a pipe and smoking jacket.

The eight couples fit into the usual mixed bag of stereotypes, but other than their potty mouths (there's a lot of bleeping in the first hour), they're an undistinguished bunch, although helpfully prone to tears and squabbling. Frankly, none of them registered except for a pair of brothers who go by the names Zan and Than, which is the kind of thing that really should only happen in reality TV.

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