The point of the show invovles challenging L.A. chefs to "get real weird" -- to borrow a phrase from Workaholics -- with an unusual mystery ingredient. Thus Lin and Herrera drop in on chefs at their restaurants, give them a brown bag with the secret (and very strange) protein, watch the chefs cook with it, then sample the results.
The first episode, which features chef-owner Ben Ford and chef de cuisine Gavin Lansdale of Culver City's Ford's Filling Station, involves a large slab of jet-black beaver tail which the nose-to-tail-inclined chef transforms into smoked beaver tail tacos with chile verde and beaver skin cracklings, plus a beaver and chorizo flatbread (both which had us drooling at our keyboards). The best bit, though, might have been when Lin plays a prank on Ford -- whose father is Harrison Ford -- by timidly asking him to have his dad sign a Han Solo photo, before getting kicked out by a faux-furious Ford.
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For more, read Squid Ink's 2012 interview with Herrera: Meet Your Food Blogger: Valentino Herrera of Trippy Food.