• Seasons 1-5 Now Streaming for Free

    Starting September 1st, PBS will stream all seasons of “A Chef’s Life” for free on PBS Digital. You’ve got through November 3rd to binge!

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  • Series Finale

    Join us in Kinston, NC at Grainger Stadium, home of the Down East Wood Ducks for a special viewing of the A Chef's Life Series Finale!

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  • "Kill Hungry" Recipe

    Vivian calls this recipe the original “Hamburger Helper” and Ms. Lillie and Mrs. Mary say, “It kills hungry.”

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  • "How-To" Videos

    Need a little coaching in the kitchen? From Vivian's kitchen to yours, we're excited to bring you exclusive videos on all the basics of cooking! 


  • Chef & the Farmer

    Plan your visit "downeast" at Chef Vivian Howard and Ben Knight's high end, seasonal restaurant in Kinston, NC. 

  • Deep Run Roots...

    On sale now, Deep Run Roots is Vivian Howard's comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking, filled with stories and more than 200 recipes that celebrate the flavors of her eastern North Carolina home.

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About the Show

A Chef’s Life is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning docu-series that plunges audiences into the kitchen of a high-end restaurant located in the low country of eastern North Carolina. It follows the trials and travails of Chef Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, and their farm-to-table restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, exploring both traditional and modern applications of quintessential Southern ingredients. Vivian’s skill in the kitchen is an equal match for the charismatic personality, radiating behind her crystal grey eyes. Much more dynamic than a typical cooking show, A Chef’s Life is a character-driven documentary and cooking series that premiered nationally on PBS stations in September 2013. A Chef’s Life is currently in its fifth season, which features 10 half-hour episodes. READ MORE

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From the Blog

Brian Roberts, Head Bartender at Chef & the Farmer, and “A Chef’s Life” Family, On Moonshine

Brian Roberts, Head Bartender at Chef and the Farmer, and “A Chef’s Life” Family. On Moonshine.   I often view life through the lens of cinema. Much of what I experience in “real…

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Eastern North Carolina Style Shrimp and Fennel Stew with Poached Eggs, Potatoes and Bacon

The Dutch oven is the workhorse of my kitchen. It is the one I reach for when boiling water or making any soup or stew, like this fish stew, thick with onions, potatoes, poached eggs, and a r…

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