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3/11: Morning mash with “The Chopping Block,” “Dancing With the Stars” ratings

Sure, TV already has “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Top Chef.” NBC stuck its fork into this genre with “The Chopping Block” tonight featuring yet another brutish British host (Marco Pierre White) — plus two Atlanta contestants.

Michael Holmes, executive chef at Parkside Café & Deli not far from Lenox Mall, told Buzz he was scanning for jobs last year and saw a new show called “The Chopping Block” seeking couples, one who can run a restaurant and one who can cook.

He happened to be engaged to Panya Rice, who works the front of the house at Maggiano’s at Perimeter Mall. “This was meant to be,” he said.

The winners get $250,000 to open their own restaurant, a dream the Atlanta couple has had for years.

Pierre White comes across as a more humane version of Gordon Ramsay and a penchant for simple, yet flavorful food. “We were definitely initimidated by him at first,” Rice said. “But once we started to work with him, we realized he is very down to earth.”

And don’t worry about the couple: in the first episode, they don’t raise the ire of Pierre White.

“I came across as the calm, mature guy,” Holmes said.

“I might have come off as the hot head,” Rice said.

Right now, the pair also run a catering business called A Taste of Thyme. If you’d like to work with them, call 678-982-8149.

-ABC boogied its way to its biggest “Dancing With the Stars” debut ever with 22.5 million viewers Monday night, according to Nielsen, fueled I’m sure by all the publicity regarding Jewel and Nancy O’Dell stepping down and wondering who was going to replace them (former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader Melissa Rycroft from “The Bachelor,” in a classic ABC cross promotion, and “Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison) Locally, the show drew about 520,000 viewers and will likely finish the week third behind the two “Idol” episodes.

- Back in December and January, True Oldies 106.7 had chopped up and cut back the amount of time fans could hear Don Imus, sprinkling in more songs. They’re now giving Imus a little more breathing room but still squeezing in about six or seven songs an hour.

- The first big hit directly addressing the current economic crisis is a top 15 country hit: John Rich’s “Shuttin’ Detroit Down.” It’s now a top 10 hit on Kicks 101.5.

Cause in the real world they’re shuttin’ Detroit down
While the boss man takes the bonus pay and jets on out of town
And DC’s bailing out them bankers as the farmers auction ground

5 comments Add your comment


March 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

Good luck Michael and Panya


March 11th, 2009
11:19 pm

I honestly do wish this couple the best of luck, but I do wonder about one thing… how come every reality type show that has ever been aired from housewife to realty or business shows, only feature black singles and couples? Does metro Atlanta not have ANY Hispanic, Asian, East Indian or White people to feature on a show… ANY show??


March 11th, 2009
11:30 pm

richard blais from atlanta should have won top chef a season or 2 ago but melted down in the last competition. he is a white male.

Alice Pickett

March 11th, 2009
11:31 pm

Hey, We are here but apparantly not very popular right now. I am a native Atlantan and returned to the city in 1985. The black single or
couple of upper middle class status is healthy here, but really not the norm. I feel it is a very dishonest portrayal of Atlanta. I do not know if the media is just clueless or has a slant.

Where are the proofreaders?

March 12th, 2009
1:20 am

Spellcheck strikes again: “…told Buzz he was scanning Craig’s List for jobs last year…” It’s craigslist. The site itself doesn’t even use upper case, much less a possessive.