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Kitchen Wisdom of Cecilia Chiang Previous Broadcasts

Passing on the Wisdom (Episode #106H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 -- 8:00 PM

This episode is all about Cecilia as a mentor and passing on her kitchen wisdom. "Cecilia is a perfect mentor because she gives perfect advice," says legendary chef Jeremiah Tower. She gave Julia Child cooking lessons and was Alice Water's mentor in the years leading up to Chez Panisse. Well into her 90's, Cecilia is still mentoring a new generation of San Francisco's chefs. Corey Lee, a Korean American comes to her for professional advice and for personal as well. Tyler Florence asks Cecilia how to manage fame. And Belinda Leong, chef/co-owner and creator of b.patisserie is like a daughter to Cecilia and seeks out her counsel daily. In this episode, first they recreate a Mandarin classic dessert, glaceed bananas. Then Belinda does a b.patisserie signature favorite, her now famous chocolate banana almond croissant.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Last Flight Out of Shanghai (Episode #105H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 -- 8:00 PM

Less than a decade after fleeing the Japanese, Cecilia now married and with a young family, caught the last flight out of Shanghai as the communist revolution swept over China. The family relocated to Tokyo where, at a dinner for an ambassador, Cecilia got her first taste of raw fish. Cecilia didn't love it and didn't love living as an ex-pat in the land of her former occupiers, so she sailed on the SS Woodrow Wilson into San Francisco to visit her number seven sister. Though she never learned how to cook, she ended up opening the Mandarin restaurant and never left. In this episode, Cecilia joins Chef Keiko Takahashi, the first Japanese woman in the world to win a Michelin star. She and her husband run Keiko on Nob Hill, a place that feels like a private club, and where the luxurious cooking has a distinct feminine style to it. Cecilia shows Keiko the simplicity of the Mandarin's whole steamed bass with ginger and scallions. Keiko reciprocates with an amazing 12 pound slab of Bluefin "Toro" tuna flown in from Japan. Keiko artfully butchers the Toro by fat content and turns it into a delicate and drop-dead tuna sashimi that Cecilia has no trouble devouring.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Mother Knows Best (Episode #104H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

"In most families in China, father was the boss" Cecilia tells viewers, "but in our family my mother was the boss." Cecilia's mother was very short and plump, loved to eat and was a very good cook. But with 12 children and a husband to feed, she left the cooking to her two chefs who turned out different elaborate lunches and dinners each day-food that can no longer be found, even in China. At the table the mother would go into detail about each dish. Cecilia called upon this knowledge when she opened the first Mandarin restaurant. In this episode, Cecilia cooks with Gary Danko who also learned about food from his mom. In the kitchens of Restaurant Gary Danko, where reservations are coveted like winning lottery tickets, Cecilia and Gary recreate the Mandarin's crispy Szechuan duck and then Gary shows Cecilia his lemon pepper duck breast with confit duck hash.

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