Mind of A Chef, The
From ramen to rotting bananas, from Copenhagen to Kentucky, from pork buns to golf clubs, this series is a rethinking of a "travel/cooking show" - it feeds the gut and the mind. It dares to make connections between food and nature, science, music, art, sports, history, and pretty much anything else a renowned chef can stir up. It is an experience that unlocks the potential of food, travel and the mind. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain.
25 Bites (#416H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Learn why Chef Kinch believes no meal should take more than 25 bites to finish. Through delicate preparation, he details the various components that bring the perfect dish together.
Rice (#203H) Duration: 26:01 STEREO TVPG
This episode is all about rice and its essential role in Southern cuisine. Sean visits Anson Mills, where Glenn Roberts is blazing a trail to reintroduce the world to the Carolina Rice Kitchen. Carolina Gold rice was once the primary crop in South Carolina and sought-after worldwide. With animation and archival images, a timeline highlights how the Civil War, as well as changes in the agricultural economy, caused Carolina Gold to all but disappear. Glenn is the reason for its resurrection and Sean is its biggest champion. In the fields at Anson Mills, Sean and Glen prepare an Appalachian classic, pilaf. In Louisiana, Chef Donald Link makes jambalaya. And in Nashville, Sean makes Hoppin' John fritters. All of these dishes link to a trip to Senegal where Chef Fati Ly makes the pilau from which all of these rice dishes derive.
Louisiana (#204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
This episode focuses on the heavy influence of Louisiana cuisine on Sean. Historian and food writer John T Edge of the Southern Food Alliance takes Sean to his "favorite place on Earth," Middendorf's Restaurant, where cooks shave thin slices of catfish into the fryer to create a catfish chip. In the kitchen, Sean makes jambalaya and his version of the catfish chip. Chef Donald Link of Louisiana takes Sean frogging, then cooks up a frog dish.
Preserve (#205H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Sean often describes how his family ate growing up this way: "If we were eating, we were eating food from the garden or the basement - it's a way of life." In this episode, Sean shows us what it means to be eating from the basement by exploring the preservation techniques that are critical components of southern culture: drying, salt curing, canning, fermentation, and jamming.
Roots (#206H) Duration: 26:01 STEREO TVPG
Many chefs have their first exposure to cooking at a young age. For Sean Brock, who was born and raised in rural Virginia, it was the experience of his family growing their own food that left a deep impression. In this episode, Sean explores his roots, prepares a typical Appalachian dinner and a Korean meal with his mom and Chef Ed Lee, cooks chicken dumplings, throws down with fellow Appalachian Chef Scott Linden at Blackberry Farms, and makes hoe cakes ... farmer-style.
Low Country BBQ (#207H) Duration: 26:01 STEREO TVPG
Sean has a deep and abiding love for his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. The people are amazing, and the local cuisine is even better. In this episode, Sean highlights both the people and food of Charleston by preparing an epic outdoor feast on his friend's farm. Legendary pit-master Rodney Scott spends the day roasting a whole pig while Sean and his friend Clammer Dave go clamming and harvest oysters for an open pit oyster roast. To finish off the feast, Sean prepares frogmore stew made from the bounty of the Charleston bay.