The Kitchen Wisdom of Cecilia Chiang
This series tells the amazing story of the “Julia Child of Chinese cuisine.” In the 50s, Chinese food in the US was mostly westernized Cantonese food. In 1961 Cecilia Chiang launched her legendary Mandarin Restaurant and influenced a new generation of chefs, revolutionizing Chinese cooking in America. Still active and vibrant in her 90s, Cecilia joins top chefs to recreate some classic dishes.
S01:E01 - A Legend Is Born
Cecilia Chiang was born almost 100 years ago in a China that no longer exists. In this episode, viewers get an overview of her amazing story from Beijing to San Francisco.
S01:E02 - The Long Walk
In this episode, Cecilia joins Laurence Jossel, chef and owner of Nopa. Like Cecilia, South African-born Jossel came a long way to open a restaurant in San Francisco.
S01:E03 - The Best Chinese Restaurant in America
In this episode, Cecilia teams up with Nancy Oakes, chef/owner of Boulevard, a belle epoque eatery that for the past 20 years has been voted San Francisco’s favorite restaurant.
S01:E04 - Mother Knows Best
In this episode, Cecilia cooks with Gary Danko who also learned about food from his mom.
S01:E05 - Last Flight Out of Shanghai
In this episode, Cecilia joins Chef Keiko Takahashi, the first Japanese woman in the world to win a Michelin star.
S01:E06 - Passing on the Wisdom
In this final episode, first they recreate a Mandarin classic dessert, glacéed bananas. Then Belinda does a b.patisserie signature favorite.