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Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea

Chef Vivian and her husband leave NYC to open a restaurant in her North Carolina hometown.

Strawberry Stay at Home

Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the Southern harbinger of Spring.

Pimp My Grits

The restaurant gears up for a practice service — but nothing is going as planned.

Cracklin' Kitchen

Vivian launches the restaurant’s new “whole animal, no waste” program with two pigs.

You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey

Vivian preps for a Southern Foodways Alliance luncheon with the ultimate tomato sandwich.


Vivian goes to Cedar Island to explore the new culture of farm-raised oysters.

Muscadine Time

Ben, Vivian and the twins pick muscadine grapes at a small local vineyard.

Amber Waves of Grain

Vivian travels to meet with Glenn Roberts to learn about Carolina Heirloom Rice.


Vivian visits neighbor Marty Harper’s peanut farm just before and during harvest.

Sweet Potato

Vivian visits one of the largest sweet potato farms in the country.

Collard Green Queen

Vivian gets a lesson in a 100-year-old tradition of making collard kraut.

The Buttermilk Belt

Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up buttermilk for the restaurant.

Have Yourself Some Moonshine

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, and talks about the art and soul of white lightning.

About A Chef's Life

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.

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