Alice Waters

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.

 

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.

 

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
A Legend is Born

 

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, including Corey Lee of Benu, Laurence Jossel of Nopa and Nancy Oakes of Boulevard, invite Cecilia, into their kitchens to recreate some of her classic dishes.

 

A Legend Is Born
Get an overview of Chiang’s amazing story from Beijing to San Francisco. Then Corey Lee, Korean American chef and owner of Benu, a three-star Michelin restaurant, invites Cecilia into his kitchen where she gives him a lesson in making pot stickers.

 

Soul of a Banquet

 

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts delectable showcase of gastronomy and touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. Featuring interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Chiang herself.