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Mind of a Chef (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 368 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AK51NYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Join Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted chef and restaurateur David Chang. Bourdain narrates these 16 half-hour episodes as The Mind of a Chef explores the kitchen, world, and mind of Chef Chang. Named by TIME Magazine as one of the world's '100 most influential people,' Chang is the creative force behind New York's City's wildly popular Momofuku restaurants and the The New York Times best-selling cookbooks Momofuku and Momofuku Milk Bar. From ramen to rotting bananas, pork buns to golf clubs, The Mind of a Chef combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel, whether in Montreal with comedian Aziz Ansari, Copenhagen with top chef Ren‚ Redzepi of Noma, or on a barbecue tour through Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, Bad DVD Formatting March 14, 2013
By mmc
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Great TV show, but -1 star for the video aspect ratio. It's 2013 and they are still releasing DVD's that are encoded for 4:3 TV's. Ridiculous.

Note that even though this TV show was filmed in 16:9 widescreen, and the DVD is listed as "Widescreen", the actual video format is 4:3. The individual episodes and bonus scenes are 16:9 letterboxed to a final 4:3 aspect ratio. There are horizontal black bars encoded into the video (see uploaded screenshot), so if you watch this DVD on a widescreen TV, you will see horizontal bars encoded into the video and vertical black bars because the content is 4:3. Hopefully your TV or DVD player has a "zoom" feature.

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ISBN: 978-1-60883-830-1
SKU: 841887018333

- 2 Discs (Both Dual-Layer)
- Disc 1: 7.90GB
- Disc 2: 7.25GB
- English (Only) Subtitles
- NTSC Region 1
- Menu's are 16:9 widescreen
* Episodes and Bonus Scenes are 16:9 letterboxed to 4:3
- Audio: 2 Channel Stereo (Only)
- Total Video Length: 6h 44m (listed as "Approx.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant June 16, 2013
By M. Long
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Entertaining. Intelligent. Irrelevent in the correct way. Totally unpretentious , which is refreshing in the televised food world. I learned a lot, and the guest chefs are not the usual gang of ok chef/top tv personalties.
We get Sean Brock not Bobby Flay, Wyle DuFrense (spelled wrong and should nickname him shawshank) instead of Tom Colicchio, etc... real innovative chefs and real insight. Genius. Best Food Show since original Iron Chef. Mr Chang, you are why I left snooty fine dining. No obligitory hot chick chef either, but love to see an Elka Gilmore or the intense woman chef from crustacean in LA. Having Bourdain narrate is ok, he is still cool, like Jimmy Page or Tom Waits.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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If you love real food that's full of flavor and shared by someone passionate about their craft... then David Chang's Mind of Chef is a must see video. As founder of Famous Dave's Legendary Real Pit Barbecue, I am always on a quest to learn from others at the top of their game. David Chang is not your usual "foodie" type of chef but someone who has real street-smart type food wisdom that is not pretentious like a lot of celebrity chefs. Watching David work his craft, you will immediately know you are watching the real deal! This video is a great video to share with anyone who loves the real world of food right down to the nitty gritty! I had to watch this video several times and I picked up different ideas and perspectives about the development of great tasting recipes, plate presentation, and robust flavors... by one of the most exciting restaurateurs who goes by no one else's rules but in the truest sense of the word...this is one chef who truly follows his gut! "Famous Dave" Anderson, Founder of The World's Best BBQ Joint!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series August 9, 2013
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I don't consider myself much of a foodie but I grew to enjoy David Chang's approach to cooking after seeing one of the shows on PBS. He does a good job of explaining terms and concepts. I find the show entertaining. After seeing the most of the series on cable, I wanted to be able to share it with my foodie brother & niece.

There is an issue with the DVD format but as far as content- it is excellent. I really enjoyed the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD! July 10, 2014
By L&O
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My favorite Culinary DVD! I must have if your a passionate chef!
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