Join chef and restaurateur Todd English as he travels the world in search of inspiration. He shares his talent and taste for reinventing traditional cooking while experiencing all that each location has to offer from medieval culture in Tuscany to the Zulu tribe of South Africa. He then returns to one of his many restaurant locations to create an inspired new dish.
Todd English began his cooking career at the young age of 15 when he ?rst entered the doors of a professional kitchen. At 20, he attended the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1982 with honors. He continued to hone his craft with Jean Jacques Rachou at New York’s LaCote Basque and then relocated to Italy where he apprenticed at the well-established Dal Pescatore in Canto Sull O’lio and Paraccuchi in Locando D’Angello. It was in Italy that Todd, drawing from his Italian heritage, developed his unique style and approach to cooking. English returned to the United States at 25 and was asked to be the Executive Chef of the award-winning Northern Italian restaurant Michela’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Produced by Todd English Productions (2011)
Episode 201: Italy, The medieval cucina - I live in a castle
Join Todd English as he travels to Tuscany to experience all things medieval. From living in a medieval castle and shopping at a medieval market, to eating a medieval lampredotto sandwich and recovering at a medieval apothecary, it all comes together at Todd’s Al Fresco Tuscan feast at the castle. Back at Olives, his restaurant in Boston, Todd conjures something old, new and delicious.
Episode 203: Peru, The heart of the Amazon
Todd English takes viewers on a journey of culinary inspiration to the mighty Amazon River and rain forests that are virtual supermarkets. The Don of the Lima limelight, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, joins Todd on an ultra modern riverboat. Learn about exotic dishes and techniques that come from Incan, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Creole and Japanese cuisines. From tiger catfish ceviche to hearts of palm fettuccine with tropical fruit salsa to Amazon escargot, the food is pleasing to both the eye and the palate. Then it's back to Olives, Todd's restaurant in Boston, to apply these new flavors in his own kitchen.
Episode 211: Southern Thailand, Barefoot in Phuket
Todd English is on a journey in search of a mangosteen, one of the most praised tropical fruits. It's a voyage of epicurean discovery in the south of Thailand, where the rhythm of the beach is a way of life and the kitchens, both plain and fancy, make great use of the tropical bounty. Sea gypsies, plantations where monkeys pick coconuts, palm sugaring, prawn farming, panang and massaman curries send Todd back to the States rejuvenated and ready to create new flavor sensations with equatorial inspirations at Olives in Boston.