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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012




Fridays, beginning November 9th, 2012 8:00pm on WTVP-HD.

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– New Series from the Producers of “No Reservations” and Narrator/Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain Travels Inside the Kitchen, World and Mind of Acclaimed Chef David Chang –

From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, and pork buns to golf clubs, the new PBS series THE MIND OF A CHEF combines travel, cooking, history, science and humor into an unforgettable journey. Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang. The series airs Fridays, beginning November 9th, 2012, 8:00pm on WTVP-HD.

THE MIND OF A CHEF is a reinvention of a travel-cooking show,” says Bourdain. “This season we go inside the kitchen, the world and the mind of Chef David Chang. This show is a chance to explore that mind in all its tangled glory.”

Over the course of 16 half-hour episodes, the season examines the food-centric world of Chef Chang, a man who’s enjoying an incredible run in the culinary world. Named by TIME Magazine one of the world’s “100 most influential people,” Chang is the creative force behind New York City’s wildly popular Momofuku restaurants. Along the way, he’s racked up just about every major cooking award. Whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal, Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel.

This month, the series airs as follows:
Friday, Nov. 9 from 8-10 p.m. (four episodes)
Friday, Nov. 16 from 9-10 p.m. (two episodes)
Friday, Nov. 23 from 8-10 p.m. (four episodes)

In the series premiere, Chang dissects the roots of his passion for ramen dishes and tsukemen on a trip to Japan. Learn the history of this famous noodle as David visits a ramen factory, has a bowl of the original tsukemen and examines how alkalinity makes noodles chewier and less prone to dissolving in broth. Other season highlights include traveling to Montreal with comedian Ariz Ansari of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” visiting one of the world’s top chefs, Rene Redzepi, and traveling on a BBQ tour of Texas, North Carolina and Kansas City.




About WGBH
WGBH is PBS’ single largest provider of content for television (primetime and children’s programming) and the web, including some favorite series and websites: NOVA, MASTERPIECE, FRONTLINE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, THIS OLD HOUSE, “Rough Cut–Woodworking With Tommy Mac,” “Simply Ming” and “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie,” to name a few.

About David Chang
David Chang is a noted Korean-American and New York Times best-selling author. He is chef/owner of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Milk Bar and Momofuku Ko in New York City, and Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney, Australia. In 2009, Ko was awarded two Michelin stars, which it maintains. Chang was featured on the 2010 list of the Time 100 Most Influential People and has served as a guest judge on “Top Chef: All Stars.” Chang is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (FCI).

About Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Zero Point Zero Production is an award-winning production company located in Manhattan. Founded by executive producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia in 2003, with partner and managing director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009, Zero Point Zero has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 80 countries around the world, including the two Emmy Award-winning series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie.” Zero Point Zero has produced television series and specials for CNN, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, Sportsman Channel, The Weather Channel, History Channel and Bravo.

About PBS
PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices.





For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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