The Mind Of A Chef
Airs Saturdays at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV beginning Saturday, December 22, 2012
Originally published December 4, 2012 at 4:36 p.m., updated January 11, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, pork buns to golf clubs, THE MIND OF A CHEF combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey.
Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang, a New York Times best-selling author and chef/owner of the Momofuku restaurant group.
Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel, whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal.
"Noodle" (Episode One) airs Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4 p.m. - David Chang makes instant ramen dishes and tsukemen. He travels to Japan for a bowl of the original tsukemen and visits a noodle factory. Food scientist Harold McGee explains alkalinity and its role in ramen.
"Pig" (Episode Two) airs Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 4 p.m. - Explore David Chang's relationship to the pig. He travels to San Sebastian to discuss pork bushi, prepares pork belly and tonkotsu, and visits Montreal with comedian Aziz Ansari for Wilensky's fried bologna sandwich.
"Memory" (Episode Three) airs Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 4 p.m. - This episode explores chef Chang’s past including dishes from childhood, summer eating, his time in Japan and golf.
"Spain" (Episode Four) airs Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 4 p.m. - Learn all about Spain's influence on David Chang's career. He visits with some of his idols - Juan Mari Arzak and Andoni Aduriz - makes fideos, salt cod omelet and a sponge cake from chef Albert Adria.
"Rotten" (Episode Five) airs Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4 p.m. - There's something rotten in David Chang's kitchen - and that's a good thing. Rotten is delicious: katsuibushi in Japan, XO sauce, rotten bananas with chef Christina Tosi, and kimchi.
"Rene" (Episode Six) airs Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4 p.m. - David Chang hangs out with one of his best friends, Rene Redzepi - who happens to be the world's top chef.
"Simple" (Episode Seven) airs Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4 p.m. - Dishes presented in this episode are deceptively simple. David Chang travels to Japan for some yakitori and high-end sushi; his pal Daniel Patterson prepares beets.
"Gluttony" (Episode Eight) airs Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 4 p.m. - It's gluttonous goodness in this episode - over-the-top indulgence with Joe Beef chefs Federic Morin and David McMillian's foie gras sandwich, a whiskey tasting mayhem with chef Sean Brock at Buffalo Trace in Kentucky and the classic dish "Hot Brown" served up three ways.
There are 16 new episodes for this series, check back for future episode details and broadcast information. Full episodes of THE MIND OF A CHEF are available for online viewing.