North Carolina chef in the spotlight on PBS
A new PBS series, “A Chef’s Life,” focusing on the life of Chef Vivian Howard premiers on ETV at 9 p.m. Sept. 12.
Howard, born to tobacco and hog farming parents in Deep Run, N.C., began her culinary journey in New York City, first as a server in Chef Scott Barton’s Voyage then moving to learn creative skills in the kitchen of chefs Wylie Dufresne’s and Sam Mason’s WD-50. Howard was a member of the opening team at Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market.
After launching a successful soup delivery business in New York, in 2005 Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, decided to move back South and open a farm-to-table restaurant in Lenoir County. The Chef & The Farmer opened in Kinston, N.C., sourcing over 70 percent of the restaurant’s ingredients from within a 60-mile radius. Howard has won numerous awards for her culinary skills, including a selection as a James Beard Award semifinalist.
Over the course of the 13-week series, explore Howard’s process of selecting the ingredients that inspire her seasonal menus and the joys and stresses of balancing a high-pressure business with family life. The series begins with Vivian and her husband juggling the restaurant, raising twins and building their own home – right next door to her parents.
“A Chef’s Life” is produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents.
From Staff Reports