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"A Chef's Life" is a new food/reality series featuring Chef Vivian Howard. Vivian was making a name for herself in New York City, when her father, a hog farmer, offered to get her started in her own restaurant. The catch? It would be located in her home town, a place she swore she would never return: the Deep South. The series plunges audiences into the kitchen of the restaurant Chef and The Farmer, a highbrow restaurant located in Kinston, NC, one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S. When Vivian arrives home, she begs local farmers to grow fennel, lemongrass and Jerusalem artichokes — none of which are native to the region. Soon, she realizes that the cooking techniques she learned in New York could be applied to her "grandmother's ingredients," the bounty grown by local farmers. Vivian's recipes are exquisitely assembled to bring out the best in the locally grown fresh ingredients. This is real "southern cooking," anyone can implement into their own lives. Six years in, Vivian has become a pillar in this small community, with the restaurant winning accolades across the country. As the series opens, she and her husband Ben are juggling the business and raising twins, when a devastating kitchen fire destroys the restaurant overnight. What happens next is a true testament to Southern grit.

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A Chef's Life

Mayo -- The Mother Sauce

As a new chef takes the reins, Vivian's diminishing role at the restaurant becomes clear.
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Heavenly Hocks

A view behind-the-scenes reveals the hot and cold of curing ham.
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All Sunchoked Up

Flo and Theo’s pre-school visits the restaurant for a meal focusing on table manners.
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More Than One Way to Skin a Catfish

Vivian gains an enlightened perspective on the farm-raised catfish industry.
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Rabbit

Vivian’s rabbit demo at the Carolina Meat Conference is met with rowdy protesters.
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Cabbage’s Last Stand

Vivian romps around the city before firing up the BBQ cabbage at Feast Portland.
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Stand By Your Cabbage

Vivian’s summer itinerary picks up with a 14-day photo shoot.
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Peas, Please

Vivian reckons with handing over the restaurant reins to John and Justise.
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My Watermelon Baby

After a summer away from the restaurant, Vivian returns to a staff of unfamiliar faces.
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Onions and Avetts

Spring onions kick off the season in high gear as Vivian takes a break from her cookbook.
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