Chef's Life

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.


Tue, Oct 23 8:30 A.M. a peanut pastime     NH EXPLORE

Vivian visits neighbor Marty Harper's peanut farm just before and during harvest.

Wed, Oct 24 8:30 A.M. love me some candied yams!     NH EXPLORE

Vivian introduces viewers to Rob and Amy Hill, proprietors of one of the largest sweet potato farms in the country and two of the restaurant's best customers.

Wed, Oct 24 8:30 A.M. collard green queen     NH CREATE

Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their 100-year-old all-male family tradition of making collard kraut.

Wed, Oct 24 2:30 P.M. collard green queen     NH CREATE

Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their 100-year-old all-male family tradition of making collard kraut.

Thu, Oct 25 8:30 A.M. collard green queen     NH EXPLORE

Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their 100-year-old all-male family tradition of making collard kraut.

Fri, Oct 26 8:30 A.M. the buttermilk belt     NH EXPLORE

Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant.

Sun, Oct 28 8:30 A.M. the buttermilk belt     NH CREATE

Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant.

Mon, Oct 29 8:30 A.M. have yourself some moonshine     NH EXPLORE

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning.

Tue, Oct 30 8:30 A.M. blueberries and boiling over     NH EXPLORE

After a year recovering from a restaurant fire and re-opening Chef and the Farmer, Vivian and Ben open a burger/oyster bar called the Boiler Room.

Wed, Oct 31 8:30 A.M. shrimp sells     NH EXPLORE

Vivian and Ben head to the beach for their annual summer vacation with the Howard family.

Wed, Oct 31 8:30 A.M. have yourself some moonshine     NH CREATE

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning.

Wed, Oct 31 2:30 P.M. have yourself some moonshine     NH CREATE

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning.

Thu, Nov 1 8:30 A.M. r-e-s-p-e-c-t the butterbean     NH EXPLORE

Burgers. Oysters. Beer. Vivian and Ben are on the cusp of opening their new restaurant, the Boiler Room, and they're facing a new challenge: how to make a veggie burger stand out.

Fri, Nov 2 8:30 A.M. don't tom thumb your nose at me! part 1     NH EXPLORE

Vivian, Ben and the entire Chef and the Farmer staff hustle to complete the preparations necessary for her luncheon at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

Sat, Nov 3 12:00 P.M. onions and avetts     NHPBS

Spring onions kick off the season as Vivian takes a break from penning her first cookbook to prepare dinner for beginner farmers.

Sun, Nov 4 12:30 A.M. onions and avetts     NH EXPLORE

Spring onions kick off the season as Vivian takes a break from penning her first cookbook to prepare dinner for beginner farmers.

Sun, Nov 4 8:30 A.M. blueberries and boiling over     NH CREATE

After a year recovering from a restaurant fire and re-opening Chef and the Farmer, Vivian and Ben open a burger/oyster bar called the Boiler Room.

Mon, Nov 5 8:30 A.M. don't tom thumb your nose at me! part 2     NH EXPLORE

The excitement of the night before turns into heightened emotion and real nerves for Vivian as she faces one challenge after another in the prep kitchen before the SFA luncheon.

Tue, Nov 6 8:30 A.M. apples     NH EXPLORE

As Vivian returns from her Mississippi trip, she confronts her long absence from the dinner service at Chef and the Farmer.

Wed, Nov 7 8:30 A.M. the fish episode, y'all     NH EXPLORE

Vivian presents a few of the many ways fish makes its appearance in southern cooking.

Wed, Nov 7 8:30 A.M. shrimp sells     NH CREATE

Vivian and Ben head to the beach for their annual summer vacation with the Howard family.

Wed, Nov 7 2:30 P.M. shrimp sells     NH CREATE

Vivian and Ben head to the beach for their annual summer vacation with the Howard family.

Thu, Nov 8 8:30 A.M. obviously, it's pecans     NH EXPLORE

It's November, y'all, and that means it's busy at Chef and the Farmer.

Fri, Nov 9 8:30 A.M. turnips - the roots     NH EXPLORE

Rainy winters can yield some dull vegetable varieties, few more unglamorous than the turnip.

Sat, Nov 10 12:00 P.M. my watermelon baby     NHPBS

The heat is high and watermelons are ripe. After a summer away from the restaurant, Vivian returns to a staff of unfamiliar faces and works to build camaraderie.

Sun, Nov 11 12:30 A.M. my watermelon baby     NH EXPLORE

The heat is high and watermelons are ripe. After a summer away from the restaurant, Vivian returns to a staff of unfamiliar faces and works to build camaraderie.

Sun, Nov 11 8:30 A.M. r-e-s-p-e-c-t the butterbean     NH CREATE

Burgers. Oysters. Beer. Vivian and Ben are on the cusp of opening their new restaurant, the Boiler Room, and they're facing a new challenge: how to make a veggie burger stand out.

Mon, Nov 12 8:30 A.M. turnips - the greens     NH EXPLORE

Late winter brings "run-up" turnip greens, which Vivian sees as central to her approach to Southern food, capturing both the spirit and the letter of what Chef and the Farmer is all about.

Tue, Nov 13 8:30 A.M. chicken lickin     NH EXPLORE

As Vivian waits for spring's vegetables to appear, she pauses to appreciate chicken's endless capacity as an ingredient.

Wed, Nov 14 8:30 A.M. ramp-ing up to spring     NH EXPLORE

Vivian hunts for ramps - Appalachian wild leeks - with renowned bacon purveyor Alan Benton near his home in the Tennessee countryside.

Wed, Nov 14 8:30 A.M. don't tom thumb your nose at me! part 1     NH CREATE

Vivian, Ben and the entire Chef and the Farmer staff hustle to complete the preparations necessary for her luncheon at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

Wed, Nov 14 2:30 P.M. don't tom thumb your nose at me! part 1     NH CREATE

Vivian, Ben and the entire Chef and the Farmer staff hustle to complete the preparations necessary for her luncheon at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

Thu, Nov 15 8:30 A.M. eggs a dozen ways     NH EXPLORE

Vivian finally makes good on a promise to cook for a friend's supper club, and she seizes the moment to experiment with an egg dish that she hopes will wow New York City's James Beard House crowd.

Fri, Nov 16 8:30 A.M. eggs two dozen ways     NH EXPLORE

A month of planning and preparation peaks as Vivian's invitation to cook at the prestigious James Beard House becomes a reality.

Sat, Nov 17 10:30 A.M. obviously, it's pecans     NH CREATE

It's November, y'all, and that means it's busy at Chef and the Farmer.

Sat, Nov 17 10:30 P.M. obviously, it's pecans     NH CREATE

It's November, y'all, and that means it's busy at Chef and the Farmer.

Sun, Nov 18 12:30 A.M. peas, please     NH EXPLORE

As a visit from her editor accelerates book preparations, Vivian reckons with handing over the restaurant reins to John and Justise.

Sun, Nov 18 8:30 A.M. don't tom thumb your nose at me! part 2     NH CREATE

The excitement of the night before turns into heightened emotion and real nerves for Vivian as she faces one challenge after another in the prep kitchen before the SFA luncheon.

Sun, Nov 18 4:30 P.M. obviously, it's pecans     NH CREATE

It's November, y'all, and that means it's busy at Chef and the Farmer.

Mon, Nov 19 8:30 A.M. stop, squash and roll     NH EXPLORE

With squash season in full effect, trouble with the twins, staffing issues at the Boiler Room and a new cookbook overloading her plate, Vivian seeks motherly advice from Mrs.

Tue, Nov 20 8:30 A.M. pretty in peach     NH EXPLORE

Mrs. Scarlett teaches Vivian the secrets of Gramma Hill's canned peaches and shares memories from her own childhood.

Wed, Nov 21 8:30 A.M. gettin' figgy with it     NH EXPLORE

Vivian is under the gun to pen an entire book chapter on figs in three days.

Wed, Nov 21 8:30 A.M. apples     NH CREATE

As Vivian returns from her Mississippi trip, she confronts her long absence from the dinner service at Chef and the Farmer.

Wed, Nov 21 2:30 P.M. apples     NH CREATE

As Vivian returns from her Mississippi trip, she confronts her long absence from the dinner service at Chef and the Farmer.

Thu, Nov 22 8:30 A.M. pickle perfect     NH EXPLORE

Vivian visits her friend Nancy for a surprisingly comforting combination of homemade pickles, chicken salad and chocolate cake.

Fri, Nov 23 8:30 A.M. prickly business     NH EXPLORE

Vivian's mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the African roots of okra.

Sat, Nov 24 11:30 A.M. tomatoes....you say heirloom, i say old timey     NH CREATE

Mary Vaughn shows Chef Vivian the old-timey way to can tomatoes.

Sat, Nov 24 11:30 P.M. tomatoes....you say heirloom, i say old timey     NH CREATE

Mary Vaughn shows Chef Vivian the old-timey way to can tomatoes.

Sun, Nov 25 12:30 A.M. stand by your cabbage     NH EXPLORE

Vivian's summer itinerary picks up with a 14-day photoshoot as she preps for a first-time trip to Feast Portland.

Sun, Nov 25 8:30 A.M. the fish episode, y'all     NH CREATE

Vivian presents a few of the many ways fish makes its appearance in southern cooking.

Sun, Nov 25 5:30 P.M. tomatoes....you say heirloom, i say old timey     NH CREATE

Mary Vaughn shows Chef Vivian the old-timey way to can tomatoes.

Mon, Nov 26 8:30 A.M. if you can't beet em....     NH EXPLORE

Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make "the best pickled beets she ever ate.

Tue, Nov 27 8:30 A.M. a casserole says plenty     NH EXPLORE

The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager, much to Ben's delight.

Wed, Nov 28 8:30 A.M. honey, i'm home!     NH EXPLORE

After a visit from "The Honey Man," Vivian turns up the heat on a dish of chicken livers drizzled with hot honey.

Wed, Nov 28 8:30 A.M. obviously, it's pecans     NH CREATE

It's November, y'all, and that means it's busy at Chef and the Farmer.

Wed, Nov 28 2:30 P.M. obviously, it's pecans     NH CREATE

It's November, y'all, and that means it's busy at Chef and the Farmer.

Thu, Nov 29 8:30 A.M. they call 'em 'bagas     NH EXPLORE

Lillie shows Vivian three ways to bring out the bitter and the sweet in rutabagas.

Fri, Nov 30 8:30 A.M. gone clamming, part i     NH EXPLORE

Travel with Vivian to Charleston's Wine and Food Festival, the South's premiere gathering of world-class chefs and food folk.

Sat, Dec 1 5:30 A.M. two-mato     NHPBS

As Chef & the Farmer turns 10, Vivian searches for ripe tomatoes to serve at the restaurant's birthday party.

Sun, Dec 2 12:30 A.M. cabbage's last stand     NH EXPLORE

Vivian can't resist the opportunity to romp around the city before firing up the BBQ cabbage at Feast Portland.

Sun, Dec 2 8:30 A.M. turnips - the roots     NH CREATE

Rainy winters can yield some dull vegetable varieties, few more unglamorous than the turnip.

Mon, Dec 3 8:30 A.M. gone clamming, part ii     NH EXPLORE

Continue the visit to Charleston, especially the popular Waffle House Smackdown.

Tue, Dec 4 8:30 A.M. what's your beef?     NH EXPLORE

Find out how Vivian's whole-cow program, after some initial hiccups, finds its groove.


Watch Chef's Life - Clips, Episodes & Previews




NHPBS Over-the-Air Broadcast

WENH-TV Ch. 11 Durham

WLED-TV Ch. 48 Littleton

WEKW-TV Ch. 49 Keene

W50DP-D Ch. 50 Hanover

W34DQ-D Ch. 34 Pittsburg

Cable and Satellite Channels