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THE MIND OF A CHEF: Season 5

Airs Saturdays, Jan. 21 - Feb 25 & April 1-29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Chef Ludo Lefebvre, a renowned chef and one of the most influential members o...

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Above: Chef Ludo Lefebvre, a renowned chef and one of the most influential members of the food scene in Los Angeles, opened the James-Beard nominated Petit Trois in 2014.

Award-Winning PBS Series THE MIND OF A CHEF Takes Viewers Inside the Creative World of Ludo Lefebvre

Narrated by Anthony Bourdain and combining cooking, travel, humor and science into a cinematic feast for the eyes, THE MIND OF A CHEF, from Zero Point Zero Production and WGBH Boston, returns to public television this fall with world-renowned Chef Ludo Lefebvre at the helm. Season 5 will also include six new compilation episodes featuring some of the best and brightest culinary minds.

"Ludo Lefebvre runs the best restaurant in Los Angeles, and is an extraordinary cook with a fascinating story," says Executive Producer and Narrator Anthony Bourdain. "He is one of the most inspiring and persistent mentors I've ever known. I've watched him turn mediocre cooks into good cooks in front of my eyes. There's no one like him."

Season 5 Preview | Ludo Lefebvre

How does a chef trained in the finest kitchens of France translate his haute cuisine to fast food? Season 5 of the Emmy & James Beard Award-winning series journeys with Ludo Lefebvre, one of today's most influential members of the food scene in Los Angeles, to understand what it truly means to cook, think, create and live in the food-obsessed world that is THE MIND OF A CHEF.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: “Best Of: Eggs” airs Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. - Eggs — everyone’s favorite food. From the NYC classic egg on roll to Faroe Island fulmar egg and curry, re-fall in love with the best egg dishes culled from the archives. Crack them open and let the fun begin.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 1: Eggs

From the NYC classic egg on a roll to Faroe Island fulmar egg and curry, re-fall in love with the best egg dishes from our archives. Crack it open, and let the fun begin. Season 5 of THE MIND OF A CHEF premieres October 2016 (check local listings).

Episode 2: “Best Of: Legends” airs Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. - Everyone knows that it takes a great chef to make a great chef. This episode pays homage to some of the greatest culinary minds in the world. Fergus Henderson, Eric Ripert, Pascal Barbot and more spend some quality time cooking with series alumni.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 2: Legends

It takes a great chef to make a great chef. This episode is all about paying homage to the greatest culinary minds in the world. Fergus Henderson, Eric Ripert, Pascal Barbot and more spend some quality time cooking with our alumni. Season 5 of THE MIND OF A CHEF premieres October 2016 (check local listings).

Episode 3: “Best Of: Fried” airs Saturday, Feb. 4 at 01:30 p.m. - When it comes to preparations, few could be as delightful and decadent as a good, old-fashioned deep fry, crispy and sizzling in grease. This episode serves up food fare from oyster po’boys to pig’s head, alligator to sardine spines.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 3: Fried

When it comes to preparations, few could be as delightful and decadent as a good, old-fashioned deep fry. We dip THE MIND OF A CHEF basket in hot oil, serving up everything from oyster poboys to pig’s head, from alligator filets to sardine spines. Season 5 premieres October 2016 on PBS (check local listings).

Episode 4: “LudoBird” airs Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. - Find out how Chef Ludo LeFevbre, trained in the finest kitchens of France, translates his haute cuisine to fast food. Learn the origins of his wildly popular LudoBird and walk through the opening of the second LudoBird at Universal City Walk.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 4: LudoBird

How does a chef trained in the finest kitchens of France translate his haute cuisine to fast food? Ludo’s obsession with a perfectly cooked bird can be traced back to France, where he learned to roast chicken, and his love for the American classic was solidified when he ate at KFC for the first time. Season 5 of THE MIND OF A CHEF premieres October 2016 (check local listings).

Episode 5: “Strip Malls” airs Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. - Ludo meets with his partners to discuss the business decisions that go into serving fine food in a strip mall setting. He demonstrates the restaurant dishes that best embody the cultural mash-up and high/low flair of his strip mall philosophy.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 5: Strip Malls

Trois Mec and Petit Trois can be found side-by-side in a Hollywood strip mall, nestled between a dry cleaners and a Yum Yum donut. Ludo’s restaurants and the dishes he creates for them embody the cultural mash-up and high/low flair that is the strip mall philosophy. Season 5 of THE MIND OF A CHEF premieres October 2016 on PBS (check local listings).

Episode 6: “La Mer” airs Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. - Explore the oceanic bounty of France. Ludo’s eyes light up when he describes the lobsters of Brittany, oysters from Cancale and a myriad of other extraordinary culinary jewels. “La mer” means, simply, the sea.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 6: La Mer

Ludo came up under mentors like Alain Passard and Mark Meneau, chefs with an almost pathological obsession with ingredients. His eyes light up when he describes the Lobsters of Brittany, the Oysters from Cancale, and the myriad of other extraordinary culinary jewels in the oceanic bounty of France.

Episode 7: “La Végétale” airs Saturday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m. UPDATED - “La terre” — the earth — is where ingredients for some of Ludo’s favorite dishes are cultured, grown, harvested and served. Explore the vegetables, gardens and memories he uses in some of his dishes. Learn how “terroir” is as much a place as a taste.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 7: Le Végétale

Today’s chef reveres his gardener as much as his butcher. Ludo explores the vegetables, gardens, and memories he uses to cook some of his dishes.

Episode 8: “Joie de Vivre” airs Saturday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. - The rigors to ensure quality and consistency in his establishments, along with TV appearances, interviews and an online presence, keep Ludo busy. When he needs to escape, he heads to Paris in the spring, where the emphasis is on life’s joy and fun.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 8: Joie De Vivre

The demands of a celebrity chef, especially one that runs three vibrant restaurants and a fried chicken franchise, are rigorous. When Ludo needs to escape the chaos, he heads to the lilting and poetic world of Paris in the spring, where the emphasis is placed on the joy and fun of life.

Episode 9: "Tous au Bistro" airs Saturday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. - At its core, a bistro is a place where everyone can eat, and eat well. See how Ludo has brought the spirit of the bistro to Los Angeles. Join him in Paris to meet some of the people and places that first inspired him to begin a culinary career.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 9: Tous Au Bistro

A bistro is typically defined by its modesty – they are relatively small, affordable and humble. With Petit Trois, Ludo’s has brought the spirit of the bistro to Los Angeles. In this episode, Ludo brings us back to Paris to introduce us to some of the people and places that first inspired him to begin a culinary career.

Episode 10: "Instinct and Discipline" airs Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. - It took a move to Los Angeles, starting a family and a rough restaurant review for Ludo to figure out what he really wanted to do. Examine the ties between artists and their education, and how childlike wonder can, in fact, translate into a career.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 10: Instinct vs. Discipline

Does an artist follow instinct, training or intuition…or perhaps all three? This episode examines the ties between artists and their education, and how childlike wonder can, in fact, translate into a career.

Episode 11: "LudoBites" airs Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. - Learn how and why Ludo created a unique dining experience in the form of small, reservations only, “chef’s choice” dinners that became known as LudoBites, a pop-up that food critic Jonathan Gold deemed “a transforming moment” for the LA dining scene.

Preview | Season 5 Episode 11: LudoBites

Ludo began his US career cooking at Los Angeles restaurant Bastide, but after it closed for renovations he opted not to return and instead chose to do things his way. Borrowing a friend’s bakery space, Ludo created a unique dining experience in the form of small, reservations-only, “chef’s choice” dinners that became known as LudoBites.

Episodes 12-14 to be announced!

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Episodes and clips from this series are available for online viewing.

CONNECT:

Chef Ludo Lefebvre is on Facebook, Instagram, and you can follow @chefludo on Twitter.

THE MIND OF A CHEF is on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and you can follow @MindOfAChef on Twitter.

AWARDS:

THE MIND OF A CHEF was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program in 2014, along with three Creative Arts Emmy awards in 2015 and five Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2016. The series also won three consecutive James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Television Program on Location, a prestigious and unprecedented honor.

Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards:

  • OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST – Co-Hosts Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch
  • OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION – Production Designer Mike Houston
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A LIFESTYLE/CULINARY/TRAVEL PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE AND GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY

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