In A Chef’s Life, go 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 Howard 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, she 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.
Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant. They talk buttermilk with the dairy’s manager and the noise Ben makes while savoring his cup of the thick liquid annoys his wife. The couple attempt to shoot the twin’s Christmas card picture in the family’s in-ground pool turned turnip patch while Vivian’s nieces and nephews desperately try to make buttermilk with their great-grandmother’s butter churn.