South Carolina ETV


A Chef's Life Wins Peabody Award

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2014

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SCETV Presents series, A CHEF'S LIFE, has won a Peabody Award. This 13-week series that premiered last fall has been recognized for its celebration of farm-to-table food and an exploration of Southern cuisine. 

"We are honored by this award and thrilled to add Chef Vivian Howard to our list of Peabody Award winners Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Children's Express Newsmagazine, and American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends. We and our partners at the ETV Endowment are committed to supporting quality programs such as A Chef's Life and sharing these shows not just with South Carolina but nationwide," said ETV President and CEO Linda O'Bryon.

Produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents, the show 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 Kinston, 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 seasonal 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.

ETV Executive Producer of Content Amy Shumaker immediately recognized the program's appeal and wanted to share it with public television stations across the country. 

"After seeing a short pilot episode, we knew that A Chef's Life was something special. The show shines a spotlight on Southern foodways, while blending documentary style filmmaking with farm to table cooking," said Shumaker.

A Chef's Life airs nationally on PBS and the Create service.

The University of Georgia’s 73rd annual Peabody Awards will be presented during a ceremony hosted by Ira Glass on May 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. 

A CHEF'S LIFE is produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents. Season two will premiere in the fall of 2014, followed by an hour-long holiday special. The series is directed and produced by Cynthia Hill with Rex Miller as co-producer and cinematographer. The opening title song, “Will You Return,” is written and performed by the Avett Brothers. Amy Shumaker is Executive-in-Charge for SCETV Presents.

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.

The Peabody Awards, the oldest in electronic media, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The Peabodys recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff. For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, visit www.peabodyawards.com or follow @Peabody_ Awards on Twitter.

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.

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