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Monday, December 23, 2013

Watch the New April Bloomfield/Tosca Cafe Episode of Mind of a Chef

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

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If you haven't watched The Mind of a Chef yet, PBS' stellar kitchen series exec-produced and narrated by Anthony Bourdain, these lazy holiday days are a great time to catch up -- and the first season, following New York chef David Chang, is streaming on Netflix. Now, Inside Scoop brings word that a Season 2 episode following chef and cookbook author April Bloomfield as she worked to re-open S.F.'s legendary Tosca Cafe is now live.

See also: Tosca Cafe: The New Iteration Is Fabulous -- And Fabulously Expensive

According to the PBS website, this is just the first of many episodes following Bloomfield (the first half of the season followed Southern chef Sean Brock):

"Over the course of her 8 episodes, viewers will watch Chef Bloomfield wrestle with the demands of opening a restaurant, test menu ideas, obsess over ingredients and techniques, and cook with her mentors and contemporaries."

We'll also travel with her to England to meet some of her mentor, and dive into her love of Italian food, of meat and salt, and her decision to open a restaurant across the country from her New York base.

Here's the first episode, where Bloomfield talks about why she decided to open Tosca, her business relationship with restauranteur Ken Friedman, and how she develops a menu for a new spot. There's also a cameo from S.F.'s own Chad Robertson of Tartine. Watch and enjoy, preferably with a toddy or other such beverage in one hand and a sugar cookie in the other.

[via Inside Scoop]

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