A CHEF'S LIFE is a new half-hour character-driven documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside the life of chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, left the big city to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into the cornfields, strawberry patches, and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her seasonal menus. Using a chef's modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present, one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm to table food, the 13-week series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life. A CHEF'S LIFE premieres on PBS stations beginning September 2013
Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the Manhattan restaurant world and with her own gourmet delivery service. Acclaim and potential investors poured in, but it was the offer from her own parents that called to her the loudest. They would help her build a restaurant – but with one catch. She had to open it back home in Eastern North Carolina, a place to which she swore she would never return.
And so The Chef & the Farmer, located in Kinston, North Carolina, was born. Six years in, Vivian and her restaurant have won numerous accolades, including her selection as a James Beard semi-finalist, but the challenges continue. As the series opens, Vivian and Ben are juggling the restaurant, raising twins, and anxiously building their own home – right next door to her parents.
Much more dynamic and personal than a typical cooking show, A CHEF'S LIFE celebrates modern Southern cuisine, seasonality, farmers, and food artisans through the lens of a working restaurant.
A CHEF'S LIFE is produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents. The series is directed and produced by Cynthia Hill with Rex Miller as co-producer and cinematographer. Derek Britt is the Executive Producer, and the series is edited by Tom Vickers. The opening title song, "Will You Return," is written and performed by the Avett Brothers. Amy Shumaker is Executive-in-Charge for SCETV Presents.