'Edward Lee - Mind of a Chef, Season 3'
(DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)
Overview: One part Southern soul, one part Asian spice, and one part New York attitude, Chef Edward Lee is a Korean-American who grew up in Brooklyn, trained in NYC kitchens, and has spent the better part of a decade honing his vision at 610 Magnolia Restaurant in Louisville, KY.
DVD Verdict: 'The Mind of a Chef' is a non-fiction television series on PBS narrated and executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, and combines travel, cooking, history, and science.
The first season premiered on November 9, 2012 with host David Chang. Season 2 premiered on September 7, 2013 and starred chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield. Season 3 premiered on September 6, 2014 and stars chefs Edward Lee and Magnus Nilsson. Each season consists of 16 episodes.
As we quickly discover, Chef Ed Lee's culinary style draws inspiration from his Asian heritage, his New York training, and his embrace of the American South, coupled with the best ingredients from local farms.
From Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain, these eight (8) half-hour episodes - that feature Ed Lee only; even though the season actually (as stated above) shown a light on Chef Magnus Nilsson also - take you into the mind of Chef Ed Lee as he embarks on a journey that takes unexpected turns away from the kitchen and into the history and heritage of what it means to be a chef, his unrequited love of bourbon, and how pickling has become a staple process for many of his dishes.
So, why should you watch this delightful TV show? Well, in 2013, 'The Mind of a Chef' won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Television Program, On Location. And in 2014, 'The Mind of a Chef' won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Scenes of:
Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Butter, Churrasco a la Plancha, Baked Texas Oysters, and Mako Curry Stew!