From Acropolis, where Plato, another food philosopher, lectured, to the hill side home of 20th century Taiwanese philosopher Lin Yu Tang, Chef Christine endeavors to find out if there really is anything new since Confucius set the standard by preaching conservation and eating local and sustainable foods. Vinci, Italy, is an inspiration as Christine discovers just how into food Leonardo da Vinci was and adds him to her ever-growing list of food philosophers. And you cant talk philosophy without... [see more] visiting Christines native Greece. At the Academy of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Athens, worlds collide for Chef Christine as she meets Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis and he opens her eyes to the very real connection between Greek and Chinese culture and cuisine. While discussing food waste issues in Italy during Expo Milan, visiting the soup kitchen set up by Massimo Bottura (chef/owner of the worlds best restaurant) talking food with Professor David Kaplan, author of Philosophy of Food and creator of the Philosophy of Food Project at the University of North Texas, and putting food philosophers to the test in a black box cooking competition, and jumping into the philosophical deep end with the members of the Hong Kong Philosophers Cafe, Christine finds food philosophy and philosophers a big part of the culinary world dating all the way back to Confucius.
celebrity chef and former Food Network host Christine Cushing takes viewers on a voyage of discovery, uncovering the fascinating traditions, philosophies and history of Chinese culinary culture and its surprising influence on food around the world. Christines motivation to embark on this journey is her discovery that 2,500-year-old Chinese philosopher Confucius was actuallya foodie. From exploring Chinese cuisines in North America to the culinary politics of Taiwan, the tasty richness of Hong Kong, and the blended flavors of South East Asia, Christine finds connections to the gastronomic precepts of the great Chinese philosopher both ancient and modern. Each episode features Christine as a culinary adventurer, fearlessly leading viewers to a deeper appreciation of our world through a gourmand filter. In Italy Christine questions the origins of pizza, in Greece she uncovers the beginnings of her beloved baklava, and in Paris she discovers that crêpes have Chinese roots. Featuring celebrity guests such as Anna Olson, chef Wan, Ming Tsai, Alvin Leung, and Janet Hsieh, CONFUCIUS WAS A FOODIE shakes up foodie myths, and takes a delicious look at the historical and contemporary landscape of Chinese cuisine.