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The Mind of a Chef: Season 1

Full Episode: Noodle (23:10)

Season 1 examines the food-centric world of Chef David Chang. From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, and pork buns to golf clubs, Season 1 combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. 
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Episode Descriptions

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 1: Noodle

Season 1 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. Watch full episode »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 2: Pig

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 3: Memory

Season 1 Episode 3: Memory

This episode explores Chang’s past; dishes from childhood, summer eating, his time in Japan, and golf. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 4: Spain

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 5: Rotten

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 6: Rene

Season 1 Episode 6: Rene

Chang hangs out with one of his best friends- who happens to be the world’s top chef- Rene Redzepi. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 7: Simple

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 8: Gluttony

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 9: Chef

Season 1 Episode 9: Chef

Chang makes eggs with his chef pals; Wylie Dufresne, Daniel Patterson, Rene Redzepi, and makes his Ko egg. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 10: Japan

Season 1 Episode 10: Japan

Chang travels to Tokyo and Kyoto. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 11: New York

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 12: Fresh

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 13: Soy

Season 1 Episode 13: Soy

This episode is all soy; Chang visits tofu and miso factories in Japan, Chef Christina Tosi makes Burnt Miso. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 14: Sweet Spot

Season 1 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. Watch an excerpt »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 15: Smoke

Season 1 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.

The Mind of a Chef - Season 1 Episode 16: Buddies

Season 1 Episode 16: Buddies

Chang cooks and goofs around with his friends; Peter Meehan in Japan, Laurant Gras, Sat Bains, and Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen.

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