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Sean Brock - PBS: Mind of a Chef

kariin Nov 14, 2013 08:28 PM

Is anyone ( other than me) watching 'Mind of a Chef' on PBS following Sean Brock, of Husk and McCradys in Charleston SC? I'm here in SC and
really liking the show and his focus on local products and real Low Country food. Anybody on this?

  1. davis_sq_pro Nov 15, 2013 11:59 AM

    I've been watching it. I enjoyed the David Chang season, and thought this one wouldn't be as good. I was wrong; I think it's much better.

    I find Brock to be a lot more likeable than Chang (not much of a feat!), and I think he has a much more interesting outlook on both food and life. His food doesn't appeal to me viscerally quite as much as Chang's does -- I'm somewhat obsessed with Asian culture and cuisine -- but I'd much rather watch Brock amble across a field of heirloom corn than watch Chang suck down yet another bowl of ramen.

    1. pete k Nov 15, 2013 11:10 AM

      I love that he featured many local (Nashville) spots on the show.

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      1. re: pete k
        Boudleaux Nov 15, 2013 12:05 PM

        Me too! I'm happy he has a genuine love for the city. I hate that I didn't get a chance to eat at the Capitol Grille when he was there.

      2. Boudleaux Nov 15, 2013 10:17 AM

        I've been watching. I was a fan of Sean Brock prior to the show so I was excited to see this season. I watched several episodes of Mind of a Chef last season but I admit that I'm just not into the whole David Chang world. He's super talented and smart, I get that, it's just not for me. What Sean does and what he's talking about, is.

        I wonder if this means there will be a different chef next season?

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        1. re: Boudleaux
          inaplasticcup Nov 15, 2013 10:36 AM

          I would think/hope so. Can't wait to see who they select for season3. :)

          1. re: inaplasticcup
            Boudleaux Nov 15, 2013 10:45 AM

            Me too! I can see them choosing a chef from a different region of the country and focusing on that region.

          2. re: Boudleaux
            Bkeats Nov 15, 2013 11:06 AM

            The episode I saw this past weekend had April Bloomfield so there is already a new chef. It was interesting seeing Fergus Henderson on the show. Love St John's.

            1. re: Bkeats
              paulj Nov 15, 2013 11:13 AM

              Last year all episodes were Chang, this year they are focusing on two, Brock and Bloomfield. I imagine they evaluate what worked, and what didn't, after each season, and adjust their plans for the next.

              is the company that produces this show, and all of T Bourdain's shows.

              1. re: Bkeats
                Boudleaux Nov 15, 2013 12:02 PM

                Oh! That's interesting! I missed the last episode (I have it on the DVR though).

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              ennuisans Nov 14, 2013 08:32 PM

              It's not on in my market :(

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              1. re: ennuisans
                inaplasticcup Nov 14, 2013 08:36 PM

                They're streaming it on PBS.com if you're interested:


                karlin, I haven't begun watching this season yet, but I enjoyed the first season quite a lot. :)

                1. re: inaplasticcup
                  kariin Nov 15, 2013 09:27 AM

                  Thanks, 'cup'. Was Sean Brock part of that first season? I think this season is the 1st for 'Mind'. I know last season PBS did a different show : 'A Chef's Life' about the couple who opened a NC restaurant called The Chef and the Farmer. Good as a reality view of starting a new restaurant also concentrating on local food and non-chain cooking. I liked it and its into the 2nd season.

                  'Mind of a Chef' is very good and I'm hoping it will put more focus on SC and Low Country food. I really admire Sean Brock and his education on the many varieties of 'southern' food; low country is only one. One of the distinctions of southern food is that it is so influenced by region, climate, available ingredients and cultural influences.For example, Appalachian foodways are very different from other southern foodways but share some common elements. So many tourists and visitors come to Charleston and this area with very little and superficial appreciation for southern food. I think the show on Brock helps change that. I hope you get to see it.

                  1. re: kariin
                    donovt Nov 15, 2013 10:08 AM

                    The first season was David Chang. I really enjoyed it. I have all of the season 2 episodes on my DVR, but haven't gotten around to watching yet.

                    1. re: kariin
                      paulj Nov 15, 2013 12:10 PM


                      A Chef's Life is produced by a NC native, Cynthia Hill, working with South Carolina ETV.

                    2. re: inaplasticcup
                      ennuisans Nov 15, 2013 09:58 PM

                      Nice, thanks!

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