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Nov 14, 2013 08:28 PM

Sean Brock - PBS: Mind of a Chef

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?

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    1. re: ennuisans

      They're streaming it on 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

        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

          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


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

        2. 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

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

            1. re: inaplasticcup

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

            2. re: Boudleaux

              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

                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

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

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

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                1. re: pete k

                  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. 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.