Cecilia Chiang

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.

 

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
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.

 

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
Passing on the Wisdom

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG: Passing on the Wisdom

 

In the finale, Chang offers advice to chefs Corey Lee, Tyler Florence and Belinda Leong. Also: a classic Mandarin dessert, glacéed bananas; and chocolate banana almond croissant, which is a staple at Leong’s pastry shop, b. patisserie in San Francisco.

 

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.