Recently I've had the great fortune to view a very cool, but extremely eccentric new show called "Mind of a Chef." What makes it even more strange is that it airs on PBS, of all places.(Seems like PBS is finally trying to draw an audience that doesn't either wear diapers or Depends, hmmm?) The show, hosted by Chef David Chang and narrated by Anthony Dourdain, deconstructs everything on what we consider as both fancy and common Asian fare. Everything from ramen to hog parts is broken down to their bare bones, experimented on and re-cooked in different ways, all in the quest to tell us just why we love these things so much. Plus, we learn possibilities on loving them differently after Chang goes "mad scientist" on the focus dish
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Now, you have to realize that this show is presented in a very cheeky manor by Chef Chang. Chang has a geeky, but smart-ass attitude on him that draws you in. But besides being a charming and capable host, he's also extremely funny with a wealth of stories that will bring a sense of melancholy to any Gen X viewer.
Bringing a likening to thoughts of a show called, "Geeks and Eats" or "Cooking for a Big Bang Theory" come to mind while watching this show; and to be honest, this isn't typical PBS fare. But, that's a very good thing for we the viewer. "Mind of a Chef" is very well put together, funny, kinda stupid at times, has a "mister science" guy and most importantly, since its on PBS, its informative. Look at it this way, if a show can make pork belly simmered in Hawaiian punch, Starburst candies and strawberry Menthos seem appetizing, you know this dude has skills!! Check it out for yourself on PBS.
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