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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.

Episodes

Season 5
While enjoying some time at home, Vivian films a segment for a morning TV show where...
Season 5
Vivian visits one of her favorite farmers and an eastern North Carolina restaurant known...
Season 5
Vivian plans a respite from the road during the holidays, but finds herself equally busy...
Season 5
On a short hiatus from the book tour, Vivian takes the twins to pick persimmons off Mrs....
Season 5
What begins as a dinner at Maker’s Mark in Vivian’s honor ends as an American history...
Season 5
Vivian heads to NYC where her book launch means a full itinerary. A celebration dinner at...
Season 5
Vivian, her parents, and Flo pluck pears from a tree that’s been in the family for 100...
Season 5
Vivian preps peppers for a trip to Lambstock, a party where chefs, food, and music...
Season 5
With Summer heat high and rain levels low, Vivian struggles to scrounge up enough green...
Season 5
Vivian’s plate is full of everything. Except tomatoes. As Chef...
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