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Chef's Life

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Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, where they talk about the art and soul of white...

Chef's Life

A Chef's Life is a new food/reality series featuring Chef Vivian Howard. Vivian was making a name for herself in New York City, when her father, a hog farmer, offered to get her started in her own restaurant. The catch? It would be located in her home town, a place she swore she would never return --- the Deep South. The series plunges audiences into the kitchen of the restaurant Chef and The Farmer, a highbrow restaurant located in Kinston, NC, one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S. When Vivian arrives home, she begs local farmers to grow fennel, lemongrass and Jerusalem artichokes --- none of which are native to the region. Soon, she realizes that the cooking techniques she learned in New York could be applied to her "grandmother's ingredients," the bounty grown by local farmers. Vivian's recipes are exquisitely assembled to bring out the best in the locally grown fresh ingredients. This is real "southern cooking," anyone can implement into their own lives. Six years in, Vivian has become a pillar in this small community, with the restaurant winning accolades across the country. As the series opens, she and her husband Ben are juggling the business and raising twins, when a devastating kitchen fire destroys the restaurant overnight. What happens next is a true testament to Southern grit.

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Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, where they talk about the art and soul of white...
Vivian introduces viewers to Rob and Amy Hill, proprietors of one of the largest sweet...
Vivian visits neighbor Marty Harper's peanut farm just before and during harvest. Vivian'...
Vivian travels to Columbia, South Carolina, to meet with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills and...
Ben, Vivian and the twins pick muscadine grapes at a small local vineyard while learning...
Vivian goes to Cedar Island to explore the new culture of farm-raised oysters in the...
Mary Vaughn shows Chef Vivian the old-timey way to can tomatoes. Vivian prepares for a...
Vivian goes about christening the restaurant's new "whole animal, no waste" program with...
The restaurant gears up for a practice service when the new equipment and new menu will...
Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the backdrop of the Southern harbinger of...
Chef Vivian and her husband, Ben, leave New York to open a restaurant in her small North...

Upcoming Episodes

Fri 1/20, 330pm

The restaurant gears up for a practice service when the new equipment and new menu will be tested in real time - but nothing is going as planned. One of the big changes to the restaurant's menus is the addition of a section called "Pimp...

Sun 1/22, 630pm

The heat is high and watermelons are ripe. After a summer away from the restaurant, Vivian returns to a staff of unfamiliar faces and works to build camaraderie. She employs an avid home cook to put recipes from her forthcoming cookbook to the...