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The Mind of a Chef: Season 4

Season 4 Episode 9: Fire (23:11)

Enter the minds of chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch in Season 4 of the Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-winning series THE MIND OF A CHEF. Follow these two great culinary figures from their home kitchens to destinations around the globe in search of ingredients, inspiration, and the perfect meal. Season 4 premiered September 2015 on PBS (check local listings). Purchase the DVD »


Episode Descriptions

The Mind of a Chef - Season 4, Episode 1: Prune

Season 4 Episode 1: Prune

With every chipped plate and hand-written to-do list, Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s “presence” is all over her NYC restaurant, Prune. Spend a day at Prune with Gabrielle and her staff. Watch full episode »

Season 4 Episode 2: Garbage

Season 4 Episode 2: Garbage

Surviving the restaurant game for 15 years in New York City takes some major hustle. From lying about her age to get her first dishwasher gig to lying about her tips, getting busted and charged with grand larceny, hustling was the easy part in running a restaurant for Gabrielle Hamilton. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 3: Rome

Season 4 Episode 3: Rome

Explore Gabrielle’s deep love with this ancient city. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 4: Hunger

Season 4 Episode 4: Hunger

From a very young age, Gabrielle Hamilton was left alone in her home to fend for herself. She rummaged through what was left in the pantry and refrigerator and satisfied her hunger with what she could scavenge. Watch a preview »

Season 4, Episode 5: Past

Season 4 Episode 5: Past

It’s an age-old saying, but where you have been is almost as important as where you are going and ultimately makes you who you are today. Gabrielle Hamilton has traveled the country and the world, but sometimes, it’s good to go back to your roots. Watch a preview »

Season 4, Episode 6: Hustle

Season 4 Episode 6: Hustle

Surviving the restaurant game for 15 years in New York City takes some major hustle. From lying about her age to get her first dishwasher gig to lying about her tips, getting busted and charged with grand larceny, hustling was the easy part in running a restaurant for Gabrielle Hamilton. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 7: Napkin

Season 4 Episode 7: Napkin

Milan is a meeting ground of both contemporary and classic Italian culture. But what really entices Gabrielle Hamilton are the small details, an embroidered curtain, a classically non-garnished plate, a perfectly folded napkin. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 8: Evolution

Season 4 Episode 8: Evolution

Gabrielle looks long and hard at how she has evolved not only as a chef, but as a writer and restaurant owner. Watch a preview »

The Mind of a Chef - Season 4, Episode 9: Fire

Season 4 Episode 9: Fire

Things can change in an instant, as David discovered in July of 2014, when he got a fateful call that his restaurant Manresa had burned nearly to the ground. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 10: Legacy

Season 4 Episode 10: Legacy

Food is evolution, and wise chefs never forget from whence they came. A solid foundation allows them to test new boundaries and push things to new limits. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 11: Ocean

Season 4 Episode 11: Ocean

Nothing is more calming or inspiring than the sea, and living in Santa Cruz, David is never far from one of his many muses. Watch a preview »

Season 4, Episode 12: Strawberry

Season 4 Episode 12 Strawberry

A dish is only as good as its ingredients, but an ingredient can also be manipulated in many ways. In this episode, David focuses his attention to the strawberry, at the height of its season during production, to celebrate the summer favorite. Watch a preview »

Season 4, Episode 13: Balance

Season 4 Episode 13: Balance

For Chef David Kinch, balance in life is as important as balance in a dish. And seeking that balance means walking away form the bustle of the line and demands of running the restaurant. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 14: Restrictions

Season 4 Episode 14: Restrictions

Diners these days can be pickier than ever, and they seem to have no problem telling a chef how to do his or her job. Allergies, self-diagnosed sensitivities and customer “dislikes” have become the bane of several chefs’ existence. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 15: New Orleans

Season 4 Episode 15: New Orleans

When your first restaurant job is Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, you are inevitably destined for great things. As a high school student in New Orleans, David’s eyes were opened by the glamorous Crescent City institution, and a long career in cuisine followed. Watch a preview »

Season 4 Episode 16: 25 Bites

Season 4 Episode 16: 25 Bites

A perfect tasting menu relies on balance, and on not fatiguing a customer’s palate. Based on that theory, no meal should be more than 25 bites. Watch a preview »

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