The hit PBS culinary series Mind of a Chef has revealed its first host for season five. Los Angeles-based French chef Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, Petit Trois, and Trois Familia will join the Emmy-nominated series produced by Anthony Bourdain. The show's creators made the announcement on Saturday as the chef recreated a his lauded pop-up dining experience Ludobites in his home kitchen for the upcoming season. Lefebvre also confirmed that he is opening a Petit Trois in the Valley.
Lefebvre is joining a long list culinary heavyweights who've delved into the cerebral side of cooking on Mind of a Chef. Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune, New York City), David Kinch (Manresa, Los Gatos) David Chang (Momofuku, New York City), Sean Brock (Husk, Charleston), April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, New York City), Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, Louisville), and Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken, Sweden) all made appearances in past seasons.
The show is expected to focus on Lefebvre's career in and outside of LA. He tells GQ, "This season, I will explore my 20 years in LA, and I don't think I could have had this career in any other city in the world. LA is so unique and offers such great opportunity, [but] we will also head off to France and Paris and look back on my 12 years when I learned from some of the greats."
Three of the past four seasons featured multiple hosts and it's not yet clear if Lefebvre will lead the full season or a just a portion of it. Eater has reached out for more details.