• The First Pumpkin Pie

    Vivian took the risk of testing out what she believed could have been the first pumpkin pie recipe. We can assure it’s the most creative!

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  • Take a Road Trip to Kinston

    Your comprehensive list of all the spots to hit while you're in Eastern NC!

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  • How to Pick the Perfect Wine for the Holidays

    With all the holiday meals on the horizon, you may be in need of some expert advice on how to choose wines for those feasts.

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  • All Seasons Now Streaming for Free

    Starting September 1st, PBS will stream all seasons of “A Chef’s Life” for free on PBS Digital. You’ve got through the end of the year to binge!

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  • "Kill Hungry" Recipe

    Vivian calls this recipe the original “Hamburger Helper” and Ms. Lillie and Mrs. Mary say, “It kills hungry.”

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  • "How-To" Videos

    Need a little coaching in the kitchen? From Vivian's kitchen to yours, we're excited to bring you exclusive videos on all the basics of cooking! 


  • Chef & the Farmer

    Plan your visit "downeast" at Chef Vivian Howard and Ben Knight's high end, seasonal restaurant in Kinston, NC. 

  • Deep Run Roots...

    On sale now, Deep Run Roots is Vivian Howard's comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking, filled with stories and more than 200 recipes that celebrate the flavors of her eastern North Carolina home.

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About the Show

A Chef’s Life is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning docu-series that plunges audiences into the kitchen of a high-end restaurant located in the low country of eastern North Carolina. It follows the trials and travails of Chef Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, and their farm-to-table restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, exploring both traditional and modern applications of quintessential Southern ingredients. Vivian’s skill in the kitchen is an equal match for the charismatic personality, radiating behind her crystal grey eyes. Much more dynamic than a typical cooking show, A Chef’s Life is a character-driven documentary and cooking series that premiered nationally on PBS stations in September 2013. A Chef’s Life is currently in its fifth season, which features 10 half-hour episodes. READ MORE

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From the Blog

Ed’s A CHEF’S LIFE Vacation: Around Downeast in 2 Days

I’m from San Francisco where there is an embarrassment of culinary riches on almost every block. That doesn’t make me a likely candidate for a trip to the middle of Eastern North Carolina, ye…

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Where's Vivian?

Keep this blog post handy...Vivian Howard is one busy chef these days! From speaking panels to fundraisers and her upcoming book tour, we want to make sure you have every possibility to see h…

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