South Carolina ETV


Farm to Fork with Flair

For Immediate Release
September 3, 2013

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A Manhattan chef moves to small town North Carolina to open a new restaurant in A CHEF'S LIFE, premiering September 12 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV.

This character-driven documentary and cooking series 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. 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 13-week 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 has been diligently working to share it with public television stations nationwide. 

"After seeing a short pilot episode, we knew that A CHEF'S LIFE was something special. South Carolinians will relate to the Southern foodways explored in the series, which blends documentary style filmmaking with farm to table cooking. We’ve received excellent feedback on the series from PBS, and great time slots in larger markets like New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco," said Shumaker.

Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the Manhattan restaurant world and with her own gourmet delivery service. Acclaim and potential investors poured in, but it was the offer from her own parents that called to her the loudest. They would help her build a restaurant — but with one catch. She had to open it back home in Eastern North Carolina, a place to which she swore she would never return.

And so The Chef & the Farmer, located in Kinston, North Carolina, was born. Six years in, Vivian and her restaurant have won numerous accolades, including her selection as a James Beard semi-finalist, but the challenges continue. As the series opens, Vivian and Ben are juggling the restaurant, raising twins and anxiously building their own home — right next door to her parents. 

Much more dynamic and personal than a typical cooking show, A CHEF’S LIFE celebrates modern Southern cuisine, seasonality, farmers, and food artisans — all through the lens of a working restaurant.

A CHEF'S LIFE is produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents. The series is directed and produced by Cynthia Hill with Rex Miller as co-producer and cinematographer. Derek Britt is the Executive Producer, and the series is edited by Tom Vickers. The opening title song, “Will You Return,” is written and performed by the Avett Brothers. Amy Shumaker is Executive-in-Charge for SCETV Presents.

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South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. 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.

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