Sean Brock Up For an Emmy

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Alan Light

The nominations just keep on coming for chef Sean Brock, who now has a chance at claiming an Emmy statuette.

Brock and April Bloomfield are nominated in the “outstanding culinary host” category of the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards for their PBS program, The Mind of a Chef. The National Academy of Television Art & Sciences announced the nominations this morning.

The nomination prevented a Food Network sweep: Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Rachael Ray represent Brock and Bloomfield’s competition. Continue reading

Brock’s Not the Only Local With Starring Role in PBS Series

mocA 15-year old Johns Island seafood retailer stands to become a Martha Lou’s Kitchen- level food world sensation after The Mind of a Chef’s second season debuts this month.

The PBS show, which endeavors to probe the methods and motivations of the nation’s most progressive chefs, last year won a James Beard Foundation award for its season’s worth of episodes devoted to David Chang. For the second season, April Bloomfield is splitting hosting duties with Sean Brock: The show’s first eight episodes feature Brock’s travels in Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee and Senegal.

But the show’s opener – premiering nationally on Saturday, but scheduled to first air locally at 10 p.m. on Oct. 17 — is set mostly in Charleston. To demonstrate that Southern food “is not just a plate of fried chicken,” Brock invites a series of pals into Husk’s kitchen. He makes a peanut and field pea salad with Steven Satterfield, who regularly demonstrates his vegetable mastery at Atlanta’s Miller Union, and prepares Delta-style tamales with Mississippi’s John Currence.

“We’re at Husk,” points out Currence, who Brock identifies as one of his best friends. “How the hell do you not make tamales?” Continue reading