‘A Chef’s Life’ focuses on N.C.’s Vivian Howard

September 5, 2013 

Chef Vivian Howard owns and operates The Chef and The Farmer restaurant in Kinston, N.C. and is the focus of 'The Chef's Life' on PBS.


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.

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