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Vivian's mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the African roots of...

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's mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the African roots of...
The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager, much to Ben's delight. A family reunion brings...
Vivian hunts for ramps - Appalachian wild leeks - with renowned bacon purveyor Alan...
Mrs. Scarlett teaches Vivian the secrets of Gramma Hill's canned peaches and shares...
After a year recovering from a restaurant fire and re-opening Chef and the Farmer, Vivian...
Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their...
Vivian and Ben head to the beach for their annual summer vacation with the Howard family...
Burgers. Oysters. Beer. Vivian and Ben are on the cusp of opening their new restaurant,...
With squash season in full effect, trouble with the twins, staffing issues at the Boiler...
Vivian finally makes good on a promise to cook for a friend's supper club, and she seizes...
As Vivian returns from her Mississippi trip, she confronts her long absence from the...
Vivian visits her friend Nancy for a surprisingly comforting combination of homemade...
Travel with Vivian to Charleston's Wine and Food Festival, the South's premiere gathering...
Join Vivian to judge the Southern Sides competition at the BBQ Festival, and see her...
A month of planning and preparation peaks as Vivian's invitation to cook at the...
Continue the visit to Charleston, especially the popular Waffle House Smackdown. Frank...
Vivian preps peppers for a trip to Lambstock, where chefs, food and music converge. Even...
Vivian visits one of her favorite farmers and an eastern North Carolina restaurant known...
Vivian plans a respite from the road during the holidays, but is busy at home. She...
While enjoying some time at home, Vivian films a segment for a morning TV show where...
A dinner in Vivian's honor ends as an American history lesson. A tour of Maker's Mark and...
Vivian takes the twins to pick persimmons and learns about the different varieties of the...
Vivian's cookbook delivery sparks emotions as the reality of wheeling a food truck around...
Follow Vivian as she heads to NYC, where her book launch means a full itinerary. Back at...
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 4/24, 330pm
Heavenly Hocks

A view behind-the-scenes reveals the hot and cold of curing ham. At a New York dinner party hosted in her honor, Vivian serves up a gift of NC seasoning meats - the pig tails, ham hocks, and fatback that give Carolina cuisine its quintessential...

Tue 5/1, 330pm
Mayo - The Mother Sauce

Vivian holds a mayo blind taste test and a surprise brand takes top prize. After a new chef takes the reins, her diminishing role at the restaurant becomes clearer. Vivian's long-held vacation plans are stifled by a series of strange events...