The Mind of a Chef, Season 2HDClosed Captioning
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The Mind of a Chef combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. In the first eight episodes of season two, Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk spotlights southern cooking with heritage varieties of rice, beans and grains. In the second half of the season, Chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig follows up with an innovative, refreshingly straightforward take on food.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSoutherners||From PBS: It’s Sean Brock's mission in life to expose to the world the regional varieties of Southern cuisine and to erase the misconception that southern cuisine is all the same. In this episode, he explores a few of the unique regional cuisines in the South. Chef Steven Satterfield from Georgia cooks okra and grits. Chef John Currence makes tamales — that’s right … tamales. Chef Ed Lee cooks a dish using the Kentucky holy trinity: bourbon, sorghum and country ham. Tennessee pastry chef Lisa Donavan makes a buttermilk pie. Sean and fellow South Carolinians, the Lee Brothers, make deviled crab, before visiting Fishnet’s Seafood outside of Charleston to enjoy their more wholesome version: “Jesus crabs.”||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSeeds||From PBS: It all began when Sean Brock went looking for Jimmy red corn. That simple journey turned into a lifetime of searching, archiving and reviving lost crops of the South. His partners in crime are legendary owner and operator of Anson Mills, Glen Roberts, and University of South Carolina professor David Shields — a trifecta of seed nerds hell-bent on preserving Southern food heritage. In this episode, Sean travels to Anson Mills to hand-quern Jimmy red corn, discover fire threshing and cook hominy. David Shields visits Sean’s R&D lab to experiment with seeds and to tell the story of the Bradford watermelon, a near-extinct fruit with a delicious and deadly history. Sean travels to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee to talk to Master Gardener John Coyenkdall about heirloom seeds. Finally, food scientist Harold McGee talks about the magic of combining corn and lye.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRice||From PBS: 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.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLouisiana||From PBS: 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.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPreserve||From PBS: 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 and fermentation.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoots||From PBS: 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, cooks chicken dumplings with his mom, throws down with Chef Joseph Lenn at Blackberry Farms, and learns how to make fried okra and country ham on the farm.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLow Country BBQ||From PBS: In this episode, Sean highlights both the people and food of the low country by preparing an epic outdoor feast on his friend’s farm. Legendary pit-master Rodney Scott spends the day roasting a whole pig, Steven Satterfield makes Savannah red rice, and to finish off the feast, Sean prepares frogmore stew made from the bounty of the Charleston bay.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSenegal||From PBS: The history of southern cuisine is incomplete without understanding how West Africa influenced the cultural heritage and ingredients of America. In this episode, Chef Sean Brock travels to Senegal to meet with friend, Fatimata Ly. Together they explore the markets of Dakar and M’Bour, cook the traditional Senegalese dish Theibou Yapp, and search for the connection to American cuisines through techniques and flavors used by the locals.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLondon||From PBS: In this episode, Chef April Bloomfield travels to the city where her cooking career began; cooks walnut tagliatelle with Chef Ruth Rogers of the renowned River Café; makes a rabbit pie with her pal Fergus Henderson; and heads to the pub for a pint and scotch eggs with her mentor Rowley Leigh.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSea / Salt||From PBS: This episode focuses on April’s love of the sea, which, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of eating at her John Dory Oyster Bar knows, is deep and fully realized. April goes to Riverhead, New York, with her friend Chef Anita Lo. The two chefs go clamming and make clam chowder. In the kitchen, April makes carte da musica with bottarga and chili and travels to Oregon to visit her favorite salt purveyor, Ben Jacobsen. Harold McGee breaks down salt.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCurry||From PBS: How did curry become so popular in England? When colonial occupiers returned to England, they brought back an appetite for fiery Indian cuisine. Ultimately, this craving resulted in the mass production of the pulverized spice blend known as curry powder. British curries caught on, with chicken tikka masala, which combines grilled, marinated chicken cubes with a hearty tomato-cream sauce, becoming England’s national dish. In this episode, April explores the originals and her homeland’s versions of this historic cuisine. Legendary cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey takes April to her favorite curry spot in New York City, then cooks. In London, April hangs with her chef friend Stevie Perle and makes and eats English and Pakistani curries. Harold McGee breaks down the magic of curry.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoItalian||From PBS: April explores her deep love for Italian cuisine and its influence on her cooking. She visits Marcella Hazan and cooks a dish that reinvigorated her love of cooking. Chef Ruth Rogers makes walnut tagliatelle; in San Francisco Chef Mike Tusk makes extruded pasta; and April makes her famous gnudi.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBritish Classics||From PBS: Bangers and mash, fish’n’chips, and pies and more pies … these are some of the signature dishes of UK cuisine. In this episode, April and friends prepare their versions of the classics. April eats on the streets of London, and April and Fergus Henderson visit a classic London pie shop.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|14||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFarmer||From PBS: April travels four hours outside London to Cornwall to visit and cook with farmer and chef Tom Adams on his farm. Tom raises the cute, furry and delicious mangalitsa pigs. April and Tom butcher and cook the entire pig piece by piece — loin, shoulder, belly and head.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|15||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLeftovers||From PBS: This episode aims to prove that nasty bits have been given a bad rap and deserve to be on the kitchen table along with meatloaf and mashed potatoes. In the kitchen, April cooks faggots, bubble and squeak and pig parts; Fergus Henderson works his offal magic on kidneys.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|16||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRestauranteur||From PBS: Chef Bloomfield wrestles with the questions every aspiring new or expanding veteran chef has to confront: What does it take to open a new restaurant? What happens if you are fortunate enough to make it past year one? How do you stay relevant? Do you keep serving what made you famous? Do you branch out and try something totally new? These are questions for reflection as April and her business partner, Ken Friedman, explore the challenges of opening their first out-of-state venture in San Francisco: Tosca. April is inspired by a local morning bun, and she’s busy in the kitchen testing and tasting dishes for her new menu.||23:16||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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May not be Chang in this season but is still a good series.
It does start a bit slow for my taste BUT these chefs are good and keep this series solid with great inputs, tips and share their own personal insights on their take in the culinary world.