A Chef’s Life

A CHEF’S LIFE
Cracklin’ Kitchen

 

A Chef’s Life is a documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, returned home to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her 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 series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life.

 

Cracklin’ Kitchen
Vivian goes about christening the restaurant’s new “whole animal, no waste” program with two pigs from Warren Brothers’ farm. She uses everything – including the skin – and, on her father’s recommendation, demonstrates how to make sweet potatoes with cracklins.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Pimp My Grits

 

A Chef’s Life is a documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, returned home to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her 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 series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life.

 

Pimp My Grits
The restaurant gears up for a practice service when the new equipment and new menu will be tested in real time – but nothing goes as planned. One of the big changes to the restaurant’s menus is the addition of a section called “Pimp My Grits,” where Vivian exalts the lowly, quintessentially Southern ingredient in four distinct ways.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Strawberry Stay at Home

 

Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the backdrop of the Southern harbinger of spring, the strawberry. Their twins go on their first strawberry- picking excursion, and Vivian and a friend develop a recipe for coconut cornbread strawberry shortcake with basil whipped cream.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea

 

Chef Vivian and her husband, Ben, leave New York to open a restaurant in her small North Carolina hometown. Vivian revisits the Southern tradition of “putting up” corn and shares her method for making smoked corn relish. As the episode concludes, a devastating setback threatens their new life.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Mayo – The Mother Sauce

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

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, Vivian’s diminishing role at the restaurant becomes clearer. Her long-held vacation plans are stifled by a series of strange events.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Heavenly Hocks

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

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 meats – pig tails, ham hocks and fatback – that give Carolina cuisine its quintessential kick.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
All Sunchoked Up

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

All Sunchoked Up
Flo and Theo’s pre-school class visit the restaurant for a meal where table manners are the focus, but exceptionally slow service makes everyone antsy, especially Ben. When her sunchoke recipe doesn’t make the grade, Vivian enlists guidance from an old friend.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
More Than One Way to Skin a Catfish

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

More than One Way to Skin a Catfish
An up-close-and-personal experience with farm-raised catfish offers Vivian an enlightened perspective on the industry. When a staff member’s last day at the restaurant finally arrives, heavy emotions and fond memories create a bonding moment for the entire crew.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Rabbit

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

Rabbit
Vivian attends the Carolina Meat Conference and demonstrates rabbit processing. As a cherished staff member prepares to leave the restaurant, Vivian mourns his loss while anticipating the additional strain.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Cabbage’s Last Stand

 

Vivian can’t resist the opportunity to romp around the city before firing up the BBQ cabbage at Feast Portland. The crisp Oregon air and thousands of patient festival patrons make hiccups with her cooking equipment easier to overcome.

 

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