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THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
Mother Knows Best

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG: Mother Knows Best

 

In 1961, Cecilia Chiang, introduced America to authentic Chinese food when she opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in San Francisco. She introduced Szechuan, Hunan and Beijing cuisine, and revolutionized Chinese cooking in America. In this series, top chefs of the Bay Area invite Cecilia into their kitchens to recreate some of her classic dishes.

 

Mother Knows Best
Cecilia and Chef Gary Danko recreate the Mandarin’s crispy Szechuan duck and then Gary shows Cecilia his lemon pepper duck breast with confit duck hash.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Have Yourself Some Moonshine

 

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning. The restaurant’s mixologist works moonshine into several new drinks while the restaurant staff struggle through the holiday party season. They end the season with a party of their own at Ben and Vivian’s new house with AppleJack Moonshine Cocktails making a guest appearance.

 

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
Last Flight Out of Shanghai

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG: Last Flight Out of Shanghai

 

In 1961, Cecilia Chiang, introduced America to authentic Szechuan, Hunan and Beijing cuisine, when she opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in San Francisco. She introduced and revolutionized Chinese cooking in America. In this series, top chefs of the San Francisco Bay Area invite Cecilia into their kitchens to recreate some of her classic dishes.

 

Last Flight Out of Shanghai
Cecilia is joined by Chef Keiko Takahashi, the first Japanese woman in the world to win a Michelin star. Cecilia shows Keiko the simplicity of her whole steamed bass with ginger and scallions. Keiko reciprocates with an amazing 12 pound slab of bluefin tuna flown in from Japan that she turns into a delicate sashimi.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
The Buttermilk Belt

 

Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant. They talk buttermilk with the dairy’s manager; later Vivian’s nieces and nephews try to make buttermilk with their great-grandmother’s butter churn.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Collard Green Queen

 

Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their 100-year-old all-male family tradition of making collard kraut. Vivian visits Warren at Brother’s farm to talk about the Eastern Carolina ingredient with a cult following, the cabbage collard.

 

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
The Best Chinese Restaurant in America

 

In 1961, Cecilia Chiang, introduced America to authentic Chinese food when she opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in San Francisco. She introduced Szechuan, Hunan and Beijing cuisine, and revolutionized Chinese cooking in America. In this series, top chefs of the Bay Area invite Cecilia into their kitchens to recreate some of her classic dishes.

 

The Best Chinese Restaurant in America
Cecilia teams up with Chef Nancy Oakes, owner of Boulevard, one of San Francisco’s favorite restaurants. Cecilia teaches Nancy and Chef Dana Youkins how to make minced squab in lettuce cups, a dish Cecilia created that became one of the signature dishes at the Mandarin.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
A Road Trip for Rice

 

Vivian travels to Columbia, South Carolina, to meet with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills and learns about Carolina heirloom rice growing in fields on the Savannah River. Glenn explains Anson Mills’ efforts to save heirloom grains and discusses the importance of ingredient biodiversity. Glenn’s passion inspires Vivian to host a “rice dinner” at Chef & the Farmer, where each course centers on this grain. Scarlett, Vivian’s mom, schools her daughter on how to make the chicken and rice she grew up eating.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Love Me Some Candied Yams

 

Vivian introduces us to Rob and Amy Hill, proprietors of one of the largest sweet potato farms in the country and two of the restaurant’s best customers. Vivian and her mom, Scarlett, make her grandmother’s candied yams and Vivian later re-imagines these for the restaurant with texture, sorghum and pecans. Mother Earth Brewery and Chef and the Farmer team up for a beer dinner featuring first of the season Sweet Potatoes.

 

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
The Long Walk

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG: The Long Walk

 

In 1937, the Japanese invaded China and by 1939 they arrived in Beijing, seizing most of the large family compound and with it, Cecilia’s idyllic and privileged youth. By 1941 there wasn’t enough food for the family so Cecilia and her number five sister (she had nine in total), fled on foot through Japanese occupied territory. They walked more than 1,000 miles and it took almost six months to reach the safety of “Free China.” In this episode, Cecilia joins Laurence Jossel, chef and owner of Nopa. Like Cecilia, South African-born Jossel came a long way to open a restaurant in San Francisco. Cecilia shows Laurence how to make “beggar’s chicken,” a whole, stuffed chicken wrapped in lotus leaves and then clay, and baked for at least two hours. It comes out of the oven with a hard shell that must be smashed with a mallet to open.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Muscadine Time

 

Ben, Vivian and the twins pick muscadine grapes at a small local vineyard while learning the history of this native grape. Vivian visits Mike and Gator, her grape suppliers, and makes homemade wine. Back at the restaurant, Vivian makes a pizza with mulled muscadines.

 

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