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With only 3 episodes aired, NBC decided to axe The Chopping Block 😡 The reason, is as usual, low ratings. The remaining 5 episodes may or may not be aired. I doubt they would do that. I don’t get it at all, sure the rating wasn’t as high as expected, but the show was getting better, and I want to know who won!!! Sigh~just like My Own Worst Enemy, I hope the rest of the shows will be available on Hulu. Fat chance, but hey I can still dream. To read more, click here.

Update: Good news everyone! NBC will air the remaining episodes starting Friday July 3, 2009 at 8pm EST. If you miss it, go watch it online at Cheers! 🙂

This week on Chopping Block, Marco sent the teams to Central Park for a little field trip. Then each team had to cook him a dish inspired by ingredients they saw at the Park. Black Team won, so they would get help from Will, a professional restaurant manager for their dinner challenge. The challenge tonight, the restaurants would be open to public, so they had no idea how many people would be coming. They also had to prepare 4 main entree choices inspired by the ingredients.

Even though Black Team had the advantage of having a restaurant manager, they still struggled with pouring customers. Also, some customers complained that the Squab they served was undercooked and the salad was bland. Moreover, one of their chefs had a little accident with knife. On the other hand, the tension on Red team between Panya and Vanessa had reached a point where they couldn’t work well with each other so it affected their performance.

This week’s surprise, all the customers dining were the judges. After they ate at either restaurant, they rated the restaurant and wrote critic at For Red Team: dirty table cloth, long waiting, unadventourus food. For Black Team: unmemorable food, of course, undercooked squab. Both teams scored really low on a scale from 0-30. For Crimson, they got 11 for food, 7 for both service and decor. I don’t know if I missed it or they didn’t announce Soul’s score, but anyway, they won.

Of course, during elimination, Vanessa and Panya pointed finger at each other and started bickering. In the end, Panya dragged her parter down and they were eliminated. I do think Vanessa and her partner were the weaker link, but due to unable to cooparate with others, Panya & Michael are out of the game.

So this week, Black Team was down to 6 people whereas Red Team still had 8 people. The teams were given a blank table in the corner on their restaurants and they had the opportunity to show their design skill. The went to shopping on Pier 1 Imports and decorate the table. The Red Team did really good, the color choice was great, the only thing I didn’t like was the napkin. The only bad thing was the table was unsteady. The Black Team painted the wall yellow (I know, they might be color-blind), the table decoration was okay, but they didn’t put water glass, which was a huge minus. So obviously, the Red Team won. Red team was given 10k to decorate the rest of the restaurant, whereas Black team was only given 3k.

Then the teams were given task to host a 3-course dinner party by 2 designers. Red Team got Nicole Miller, and Black Team got Rebecca Taylor. Crimson, Red Team’s restaurant, had better team work, and of course with more people the food and the service went smoother. On the other hand, at Soul, Black Team’s restaurant, they were scrambling to get the food ready and served to the hungry people. So overall, service-wise, Red Team did better. In the kitchen, both teams were struggling and situation worsened when the judge, Jeffrey Steingarten – the famous food critic, came.

When he was judging both teams, he found that salad at Soul was horrible, but the main course was delicous. On the other side, at Crimson, the salad was delicous but the main course was not good. Jeffrey’s wife requested Halibut, but they didn’t have anymore halibut, so they suggested SeaBass as substitute. Nicole Miller was enraged that they were trying to serve Sea Bass to her guest, because it was endangered fish, and Jeffrey agreed with her. So left with no choice, they served Salmon, which wasn’t fresh and farm-raised, which Jeffrey noticed. So he declared that the Black Team won.

So Marco went to have discussion with the Red Team. As usual, the couples pointed the blame on the others. In the middle of discussion it came up that Chad (or was it Mikey?) had only been a “back-up” chef, and only in charge of plating. He pointed out that he had to cook 2 orders of vegetarian dish who wasn’t prepared. He did do that, but his food was terrible, but luckily neither Marco or Jeffrey knew. But it wasn’t enough to save him, he admitted defeat and voluteered to go.

This is a new cooking reality show on NBC, hosted by Marco Pierre White. I have no idea who he is, but I bet he’s a world-class and well-known chef. So there were 8 teams of two (one will be the chef and the other will be the server/waiter) who dream to have their own restaurant. In this show, they’re divided into 2 teams Red Team and Black Team. Each team was assigned an abandoned restaurant, and they had to clean, renovate, and open the restaurant to public.

Before everything started, Marco asked the chefs of each team to create a dish for him to taste, then he picked the head chef for the restaurant challenge. In the restaurant challenge, he sent an anonymous food critic, and that guy determined which team won. Tonight Black Team lost because their chicken was cold and under cooked. The young head chef was voted by almost everyone, but one of the chef, Khoa, decided to pull himself out of the competition, so he and his cousin were out of the show.

If you’re interested in this show, you can find more info at, you can watch the first episode online there too. I’m sure it’s going to be available tomorrow. Cheers 🙂

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