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Marco Pierre White is the star of the upcoming cooking competition series on NBC titled "The Chopping Block," featuring two teams of four couples running neighboring restaurants in Manhattan, with one couple being removed each week based on the White's decision. The final remaining couple will be given a large cash prize to be used to purchase a restaurant of their own. The series is being produced by Granada America.
Born in Leeds in 1961, Marco Pierre White was the first British chef (and youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars. His gastronomic empire--Luciano and Marco's restaurants, among others--is rapidly expanding to include ventures in Las Vegas, Shanghai, Jamaica, and Dubai, with more in the works. Having been awarded three Michelin stars, he has put English cooking on a par with classic haute cuisine.
Although White was the first Briton to be awarded three Michelin stars, he announced his retirement in 1999 after 17 years in the kitchen to develop his portfolio of restaurants through his eponymous White Star Line company. His London portfolio currently comprises Belvedere, Criterion, Drons, L'Escargot, Luciano's, Mirabelle, Quo Vadis and Frankie's chain of Italian pizzerias in partnership with jockey Frankie Dettori.
During his early career in the kitchen, White regularly ejected patrons from his restaurants if he took offense to their comments. White has acted as a mentor to a number of prominent chefs of the current generation, such as his fellow three-star British recipients Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. In addition to his time in the kitchen, White has published several books, including White Heat, an autobiography, White Slave (entitled The Devil in the Kitchen in paperback), and Wild Food from Land and Sea.