Chef David Chang will be making a big splash in the new PBS series “The Mind of a Chef.” From ramen to rotting bananas, from Copenhagen to Kansas City, from 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 Asian 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.
Over the course of 16 half-hour episodes, the season examines the food-centric world of Chef Chang, a man who’s enjoying an incredible run in the culinary world. Named by TIME Magazine one of the world’s “100 most influential people,” Chang is the creative force behind New York City’s wildly popular Momofuku restaurants. Along the way, he’s racked up just about every major cooking award. Whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal, Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel.
In the series premiere, Chang dissects the roots of his passion for ramen dishes and tsukemen on a trip to Japan. Learn the history of this famous noodle as David visits a ramen factory, has a bowl of the original tsukemen and examines how alkalinity makes noodles chewier and less prone to dissolving in broth. Other season highlights include traveling to Montreal with comedian Aziz Ansari of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” visiting one of the world’s top chefs, Rene Redzepi, and traveling on a BBQ tour of Texas, North Carolina and Kansas City.
The Mind of a Chef is slated to air beginning November 9, 2012 on PBS. Check your local listing for details.
The Mind of a Chef trailer
About David Chang
David Chang is a noted Korean American and New York Times best-selling author. He is chef/owner of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Milk Bar and Momofuku Ko in New York City, and Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney, Australia. In 2009, Ko was awarded two Michelin stars, which it maintains. Chang was featured on the 2010 list of the Time 100 Most Influential People and has served as a guest judge on “Top Chef: All Stars.” Chang is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (FCI).