From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, and pork buns to golf clubs, season 1 of The Mind of a Chef combined travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain brought viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang.
Episode 1: Noodle
Chang makes instant ramen dishes and tsukemen; takes a trip to Japan for a bowl the original tsukemen, a visit a noodle factory, and Harold McGee explain alkalinity.
Episode 2: Pig
This episode explores Chang’s relationship to the pig. He travels to San Sebastian to discuss pork bushi. He makes pork belly, and tonkotsu and travels to Montreal with his pal Aziz Ansari for a fried boloney sandwich..
Episode 3: Memory
This episode explores Chang’s past; dishes from childhood, summer eating, his time in Japan, and golf.
Episode 4: Spain
This episode is all about Spain’s influence on 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.
Episode 5: Rotten
There is 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.
Episode 6: Rene
Chang hangs out with one of his best friends- who happens to be the world’s top chef- Rene Redzepi.
Episode 7: Simple
Dishes in this episode are deceivingly simple; Chang travels to Japan for some Yakitori and high-end sushi, and his pal Daniel Patterson makes beets.
Episode 8: Gluttony
It’s gluttonous goodness in this episode; over the top indulgence with Joe Beef chefs Federic Morin and David McMillian’s fois 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.
Episode 9: Chef
Chang makes eggs with his chef pals; Wylie Dufresne, Daniel Patterson, Rene Redzepi, and makes his Ko egg.
Episode 10: Japan
Chang travels Tokyo and Kyoto.
Episode 11: New York
This episode is all New York with the Torrsi boys, oysters, carrot dashi, and farming. Plus Chang visits native New Yorker Ivan Ramen in Tokyo where he is making ramen that is taking the city by storm.
Episode 12: Fresh
This episode explores the idea of fresh in the kitchen; instant broth, pea agnollini, fresh and aged steak with Chef Tien and Ike Jime with Dave Arnold and Chef Murata in Kyoto.
Episode 13: Soy
This episode is all soy; Chang visits tofu and miso factories in Japan, Chef Christina Tosi makes Burnt Miso.
Episode 14: Sweet Spot
Chang’s protégé Christina Tosi makes corn cookies three ways and her three layered Arnold Palmer Cake, Chef Burns makes ice cream and Chang goes strawberry picking.
Episode 15: Smoke
Chang profiles regional BBQ in North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas City plus the other-worldly smoky bacon from Allen Benton in Tennessee.
Episode 16: Buddies
Chang cooks and goofs around with his friends; Peter Meehan in Japan, Laurant Gras, Sat Bains, and Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen.