The adventurous food series, The Mind of a Chef, returns to public television this fall with two new chefs, Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain, The Mind of a Chef continues its legacy starting September 5, with a 16-episode journey that focuses on what it truly means to cook, think, create, and live in a food-obsessed world.
As in previous seasons, with chefs like David Chang, Ed Lee, Sean Brock, April Bloomfield and Magnus Nilsson, The Mind of a Chef continues to seek out inspirations and the creative drive behind some of the culinary communitys greatest minds as they search for ingredients, inspiration, and the perfect meal.
“This year, The Mind of a Chef focuses on two very different, yet equally fascinating and creative artists, says Executive Producer and Narrator, Anthony Bourdain. Gabrielle Hamilton, whose menu at Prune, her beloved New York institution, tells a story as intensely personal and uncompromising as her best selling memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, and David Kinch, the chef behind the groundbreaking, forward-thinking Northern California restaurant, Manresa. Two great chefs. Two fascinating personalities.
In the new seasons first eight episodes, viewers meet Gabrielle Hamilton, a compelling chef that will be the first to say her career and eventual success as a chef and business owner did not come easy. Viewers will not only visit her beloved East Village restaurant, Prune, in New York City and her roots in Pennsylvania, but also venture to the far reaches of Rome and Milan. In the second eight half-hour episodes, the camera turns to David Kinch, a culinary figure who has forged a distinctive path that put him at the forefront of new contemporary California cuisine. Kinch invites viewers to explore his culinary world, which includes some of the challenges he has faced, like the fire that destroyed his restaurant, Manresa. He also explores domestic locations, including the areas around his home and restaurant in Northern California, as well as his old stomping grounds in New Orleans.
This season The Mind of Chef once again brilliantly captures an intimate look at the out of the box thinking of two very unique chefs, says WGBH Executive Producer, Laurie Donnelly. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton reveals her views on the pursuit of perfection when it comes to the art of cooking. She also shares stories about the genesis of her beloved restaurant, Prune. Chef David Kinch shares the unforeseen challenges faced by chefs in their pursuit of excellence. We also learn about his pioneering contributions in the farm to table movement.
The new episodes will also be available for immediate download and viewing on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Google Play beginning Monday, September 8. The first eight episodes of Season 3 will also be available to purchase on DVD on ShopPBS.org and other retail outlets starting Tuesday, September 30.
For Season 4 of The Mind of a Chef, weve got two great chefs leading the charge, and each brings their own unique outlook on cooking, travel, and the culinary world to the series, says Zero Point Zero Executive Producer, Joe Caterini. Were lucky to be able to push the boundaries of food television yet again, and follow both Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch down whatever culinary rabbit holes they throw our way.
The Mind of a Chef has been awarded three consecutive and prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Television Program on Location, covering every season of the show. The series also won the Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program in 2014, along with three Creative Arts Emmy awards in 2015.