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Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant. They talk...

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 and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant. They talk...
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

Tue 7/25, 330pm

Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make "the best pickled beets she ever ate." Vivian incorporates beets into an unconventional chocolate cake in honor of Ms. Mary's 89th birthday. There's no telling how Ms....

Tue 8/1, 330pm

The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager, much to Ben's delight. A family reunion brings out long-lost relatives, the warmth of fellowship and an impressive spread of home-cooked casseroles.