The Chopping Block

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For the webcomic, see Chopping Block. For the US reality TV Series, see The Chopping Block (U.S. TV series).
The Chopping Block
Genre Reality
Presented by Matt Moran
Catriona Rowntree
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16
Producer(s) David Barbour
Julian Cress
Running time 60 minutes
(including commercials)
Original channel Nine Network
Original run 6 February 2008 –
2 December 2008
Related shows The Chopping Block (U.S. TV series)
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The Chopping Block is an Australian reality television series which began airing on the Nine Network on 6 February 2008.[1] Produced by Granada Productions, it was hosted by chef Matt Moran. Catriona Rowntree co-hosted the show with Moran in its first season.[2] It ran for two series of 8 episodes each.


Each week two Melbourne and Sydney restaurants were reviewed by a secret critic (ABC Radio National broadcaster and food critic Alan Saunders) and given A$5,000. With assistance from restaurateur Matt Moran, they were given 72 hours to use that money to overhaul their menu, service and décor in an effort to win both his and the critics' approval.


Original Airdate
Season 1 - 2008
Café Parlo vs Café 43 6 February 2008 718,000[3]
Bella Vita vs Mamma Teresa's 13 February 2008 1,040,000[4]
Dimitris vs Morris'
Grace vs Wild Oscars
Cafe Burgundy vs Cafe Matto
La Bella Vista vs Sophocles
The Olive Drum vs Unwine
Michelinos vs Zingarella
Season 2 - 2008
Angelina’s vs Tandoori Junction (winner) 14 October 2008 825,000
Emad's (winner) vs Gloria's Cafe
Anacapri vs La De Da's (winner)
Piazza Navona vs South Yarra China House (winner)
Courthouse Restaurant (winner) vs Hotel Eden
Mambo Italiano vs Spargo Espresso (winner)
Baja Cantina (winner) vs Modena 88
Morri's Place (winner) vs Pizza Piazza


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.[3] An uncut repeat of the first episode was aired the following night at 10:30pm, managing a reasonable 546,000 viewers for its timeslot.[5] The second episode fared much better, managing 1,040,000 viewers nationally - nearly 300,000 more viewers than the first episode.[4]

Overall, ratings for the second series were generally higher than the first, and both series averaged 959,517 viewers across the year.[6]

U.S. version[edit]

NBC and Granada America have picked up the rights to produce the series in the United States. The U.S. version is hosted by Marco Pierre White, and features a number of changes to the format, such as multiple contestants, an ongoing objective instead of self-contained episodes, and an emphasis on competition.[7]

The first episode premiered on 11 March 2009,[8] but was canceled due to low ratings after three episodes. After a 3-month hiatus, 'Chopping Block' returned to complete its season.


  1. ^ Knox, David (25 January 2008). "Airdate: The Chopping Block". Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (5 November 2007). "Returning: The Chopping Block". Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Knox, David (7 February 2008). "Chopping Block lacking customers". Retrieved 7 February 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Knox, David (11 February 2008). "Week 7". Retrieved 14 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (4 February 2008). "Week 6". Retrieved 10 February 2008. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (30 November 2008). "2008: The Top 200". Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (18 March 2008). "NBC re-heats 'improved' Chopping Block". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  8. ^ Adelian, Josef (17 March 2008). "NBC puts White on 'Chopping Block'". Variety. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 

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