• Take a Road Trip to Kinston

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

    Visit Kinston
  • "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

6 Questions for ACL’s Coordinator of Chaos, Holley Pearce

It’s very likely that you’ve seen Holley Pearce lurking in the background on any given episode of A CHEF’S LIFE. Holley, a Mississippi native and Kinston transplant, has served as Chef Vivian…

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Vivian Answers the Question “Why NC?”

Last month, Vivian Howard was a featured speaker at Leadership North Carolina’s annual forum, held in downtown Raleigh. Vivian took the stage with Raleigh restaurateur Van Nolintha to speak a…

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