The Chopping Block

The Chopping Block

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show_name = The Chopping Block

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genre = Reality
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presenter = Matt Moran
Catriona Rowntree (season 1)
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country = flagicon|Australia Australia
language = English
num_seasons = 2
num_episodes = 8
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producer = David Barbour
Julian Cress
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runtime = 60 minutes
(including commercials)
network = Nine Network
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first_aired = February 6 2008
last_aired = "present"
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imdb_id = 1198108
tv_com_id = 75147

"The Chopping Block" is an Australian reality television series which began airing on the Nine Network on February 6, 2008. [cite web|first=David|last=Knox|title=Airdate: The Chopping Block|url=||date=2008-01-25|accessdate=2008-01-25] It is produced by Granada Productions, and is hosted by chef Matt Moran. Catriona Rowntree co-hosted the show with Moran in its first season. [cite web|first=David|last=Knox|title=Returning: The Chopping Block |url=|date=2007-11-05|accessdate=2008-10-01]

NBC and Granada America have picked up the rights to produce the series in the United States. To be hosted by Marco Pierre White, it will air during the 2008/2009 television season. [cite web|first=Josef|last=Adelian|title=NBC puts White on 'Chopping Block' |url=|publisher=Variety|date=2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-04-06]


Each week two Melbourne and Sydney restaurants will be reviewed by a secret critic and given $5,000. With assistance from restaurateur Matt Moran they have 72 hours to overhaul their menu, service and décor in an effort to win his approval.

However, the American version will introduce a number of changes to the format, such as an ongoing competition instead of self-contained episodes, baring some similarities to the Seven Network show "My Restaurant Rules". [cite web|first=David|last=Knox|title=NBC re-heats 'improved' Chopping Block|url=||date=2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-04-06]


The first episode of "The Chopping Block" had a disappointing debut, with only 718,000 viewers nationally, a low figure for its 7:30 - 8:30 timeslot. It came up against "So You Think You Can Dance Australia", on Network Ten, which attracted 1.6 million viewers nationally, and the documentary "Shape of Things to Come" which garnered 1 million viewers on the Seven Network.cite web|first=David|last=Knox|title=Chopping Block lacking customers|url=||date=2008-02-07|accessdate=2008-02-07]

A repeat of the first episode was aired the following night at 10:30pm as an uncut version. This repeat replaced a scheduled airing of "Amazing Medical Stories", and managed a reasonable 546,000 viewers for its timeslot. [cite web|first=David|last=Knox|title=Week 6|url=||date=2008-02-04|accessdate=2008-02-10]

The second episode fared much better, while still not great, it managed 1,040,000 viewers nationally - nearly 300,000 more viewers than the first episode.cite web|first=David|last=Knox|title=Week 7|url=|date=2008-02-11|accessdate=2008-02-14]



External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ List of competing Restaurants]

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