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‘The Mind of a Chef’ Is Leaving PBS for Its Sixth Season

Major changes are underway for one of the best food shows on TV

The crew at the season four premiere party, left to right: Edward Lee, , Anthony Bourdain, April Bloomfield, David Kinch, and Gabrielle Hamilton.
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The Mind of a Chef, the award-winning and compulsively watchable food show from Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero productions, is leaving PBS, the network that has hosted the program since its inception back in 2012. A rep for Zero Point Zero explains that season six will premiere this fall on a different network, with episodes featuring Mission Chinese guru Danny Bowien and at least one other yet-to-be-announced chef.

The Mind of a Chef was born out of an abandoned iPad app project from Lucky Peach magazine. David Chang, the star of the first season, said that at least a dozen networks passed on the show before PBS picked it up. Five years ago, Bourdain, told the NYT about the original vision for the show: “We’re exploring the creative process, the anatomy of a style of cooking... Not just what inspired this dish, but where did it come from, what are they thinking about, what’s intriguing to them. How did we get here?”

True to that promise, The Mind of Chef has continued to show parts of kitchen life and the creative process that are rarely seen on TV. Over its five seasons, the show has helped introduce audiences around the world to the work of a group of visionary chefs, including Edward Lee, Sean Brock, April Bloomfield, Magnus Nilsson, Gabrielle Hamilton, David Kinch, and Ludo Lefebvre. Seasons 1 through 4 are currently available to stream on Netflix.

Stay tuned for more details on the future of The Mind of a Chef as they become available.

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