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Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Mind of a Chef’ Season 4

Scenes from “Mind of a Chef” S4: Manresa’s David Kinch at work with Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin) | Photo courtesy Mind Of A Chef/Zero Point Zero Production

For the last few weeks, Mind of a Chef’s Tumblr has been bursting with tantalizing glimpses of the PBS show’s upcoming fourth season, which will feature JWU alum David Kinch '81, '14 Hon. (Manresa) and Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune).

“Mind of a Chef” is somewhat of an anomaly in the crowded food TV landscape; its intense focus on a single chef’s creative processes for an entire 8-episode arc feels like a luxurious treat.

The Art of Plating with Mark Ladner, Timon Balloo, JacquesLM + More

The best plate? An empty one, after a great meal. Table at White Rabbit, Dalston, London. Photo: Andrea Feldman

Plating. It’s an art, it’s a science, it integrates cooking (making things taste good) with styling (making things look good).

Plating styles aren’t just the whim of individual chefs, but are reflective of larger cultural trends in merchandising, food/prop styling — even art.