Picks and Pans Review: Marco Pierre White Reality TV's New Bad-Boy Chef

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• The London chef, 47, dices competitors as host of NBC's The Chopping Block.

HOW ARE YOUR CONTESTANTS? Everybody there dreams of opening a restaurant. Some turn that dream into a nightmare.

DID YOU ENJOY FIRING THE LOSERS? I've never sacked people before; they tend to sack themselves. To be honest, I loved it!

HOW DO YOU LIKE BEING FAMOUS NOW? I don't like to be seen in public. I set the world record for going down the red carpet at the Emmys: 14.5 seconds!

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