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A Chef’s Life: Episodes

 

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This fall, the popular series A Chef’s Life returns to PBS stations with a highly-anticipated fourth season. More than a cooking show, A Chef’s Life is a half-hour character-driven documentary series that takes viewers inside the life and kitchen of Chef Vivian Howard.

The series will return to find Vivian with a new list of local ingredients, each one starring in its own episode. Vivian juggles a full plate, with the opening of a second restaurant with husband Ben Knight and a bustling young family to manage.

Watch full episodes of “A Chef’s Life” online, and be sure to check your local listings to see when the show will be airing in your area.


A Chef's Life: Season 4

Season 4 Episodes

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 1: Onions and Avetts

Episode 1: Onions and Avetts

Spring onions kick off the season in high gear as Vivian takes a break from penning her first cookbook to prepare a benefit dinner at a training ground for beginning farmers. Premiered September 10. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 2: My Watermelon Baby

Episode 2: My Watermelon Baby

The heat is high and watermelons are ripe for the picking. After being away from the restaurant all summer, Vivian returns to a staff of unfamiliar faces and works to build camaraderie with the newbies while accepting inevitable changes. Premiered September 17. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 3: Peas, Please

Episode 3: Peas, Please

As a visit from her editor accelerates book preparations, Vivian reckons with handing over the restaurant reins to John and Justise. Premiered September 24. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 4: Stand by Your Cabbage

Episode 4: Stand by Your Cabbage

Vivian’s summer itinerary picks up with a 14-day photoshoot as she preps for a first-time trip to Feast Portland. Premiered October 1. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 5: Cabbage’s Last Stand

Episode 5: Cabbage’s Last Stand

Vivian heads on an adventure to Feast Portland. Premiered October 8. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 6: Rabbit

Episode 6: Rabbit

Vivian’s rabbit demo at the Carolina Meat Conference is met with a rowdy rabble of protesters. Premiered October 15. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 7: More Than One Way to Skin a Catfish

Episode 7: More Than One Way to Skin a Catfish

An up-close-and-personal experience with farm-raised catfish offers Vivian an enlightened perspective on the industry. Premieres October 22. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 8: All Sunchoked Up

Episode 8: All Sunchoked Up

Flo and Theo’s pre-school class visit the restaurant for a meal where table manners are the focus, but exceptionally slow service makes everyone antsy, especially Ben. Premiered October 29. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 9: Heavenly Hocks

Episode 9: Heavenly Hocks

A view behind-the-scenes reveals the hot and cold of curing ham. At a New York dinner party hosted in her honor, Vivian serves up a gift of NC seasoning meats –the pig tails, ham hocks, and fatback that give Carolina cuisine its quintessential kick. Premiered November 5. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 4, Episode 10: Mayo: The Mother Sauce

Episode 10: Mayo: The Mother Sauce

Vivian holds a mayo blind taste test and a surprise brand takes top prize. After a new chef takes the reins, her diminishing role at the restaurant becomes clearer. Vivian’s long-held vacation plans are stifled by a series of strange events. Premiered November 12. Check local listings. Continue

 

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Season 3 Episodes

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 1: Stop, Squash and Roll

Episode 1: Stop, Squash and Roll

Vivian seeks motherly advice from Mrs. Scarlett and her sister Johna over dinner. Premiered September 5, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 2: Pretty in Peach

Episode 2: Pretty in Peach

Mrs. Scarlett teaches Vivian the secrets of Gramma Hill’s canned peaches and shares fond fried chicken memories from her own childhood. Premiered September 12, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 3: Gettin' Figgy With It

Episode 3: Gettin’ Figgy With It

Vivian is under the gun to pen an entire book chapter on figs in three days. The stress inspires a fig and honey bourbon slushie tasting with Warren and a fig preserves session with Ms Rose. Premiered September 19, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 4: Pickle Perfect

Episode 4: Pickle Perfect

Vivian visits her friend Nancy for a surprisingly comforting combination of homemade pickles, chicken salad, and chocolate cake. Ben and Vivian audition a new chef to offer Ben some relief and much-needed time to focus on his art. Premiered September 26, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 5: Prickly Business

Episode 5: Prickly Business

Vivian’s mentor, Scott Barton stops by the restaurant to peruse the kitchen and share the African roots of okra. Thanks to Warren, Vivian learns that picking okra is a prickly business. Premiered October 3, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 6: If You Can't Beet Em ...

Episode 6: If You Can’t Beet Em

Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make “the best pickled beets she ever ate.” Vivian incorporates beets into an unconventional chocolate cake in honor of Ms. Mary’s 89th birthday party. There’s no telling how Ms. Lillie will respond. Premiered October 10, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 7: A Casserole Says Plenty ...

Episode 7: A Casserole Says Plenty

The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager, much to Ben’s delight. A family reunion brings out long-lost relatives, the warmth of fellowship, and an impressive spread of home-cooked casseroles. Premiered October 17, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 8: Honey, I'm Home!

Episode 8: Honey, I’m Home!

After a visit from “The Honey Man,” Vivian turns up the heat on a dish that features chicken livers drizzled with hot honey. While Ben preps for his art show in Durham, Vivian descends upon “the Bull City’s” restaurant row to sample sweet, honey-themed dishes. Premiered October 25, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 9: They Call ‘Em ‘Bagas

Episode 9: They Call ‘Em ‘Bagas

Lillie shows Vivian three different ways to bring out the bitter and the sweet in rutabagas. Vivian showers her team with thoughtful holiday gifts as they prepare a New Year’s menu that blends Italian and Eastern North Carolinian influences. Premiered October 31, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 10: Gone Clamming, Part I

Episode 10: Gone Clamming, Part I

Vivian heads to the Charleston’s Wine and Food Festival, the South’s premiere gathering of world-class chefs and food folk. Her jam-packed schedule includes the prestigious “perfectly paired” dinner at Frank Lee’s High Cotton Restaurant. A clamming trip with lowcountry legend, “Clammer Dave” adds a bit adventure to her every day. Premieres November 7, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 11: Gone Clamming, Part II

Episode 11: Gone Clamming, Part II

Vivian’s plate runneth over as her tour of Charleston continues. A highlight is the high-energy and very popular Waffle House Smackdown. Frank Lee, “The Mayor of Charleston,” invites Vivian to his home and schools her on the proper way to open a clam and the secret to his aunt’s decadent clam hash. Premiered November 14, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 12: What's Your Beef?

Episode 12: What’s Your Beef?

After some initial hiccups, Vivian’s whole cow program finds its groove. Mrs. Scarlett shows her how to make a classic cubed steak, inciting an epic tantrum from Flo. Vivian nervously heads to New York to meet her new editor as work on her upcoming cookbook continues. Premiered November 21, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Season 3, Episode 13: One Potato, New Potato

Episode 13: One Potato, New Potato

Vivian judges the Southern Sides competition at the annual BBQ Festival alongside Mrs. Scarlett and Ms. Lillie, who prove to be finicky judges. Vivian follows up with a take on the BBQ plate, featuring a crispy potato salad. When the Avett Brothers stop by the restaurant for dinner, the entire staff, including Vivian, serve up a side of girly giddiness. Premiered November 28, 2015. Check local listings. Continue

 


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Season 2 Episodes

A Chef’s Life - Episode 1: Blueberries and Boiling Over

Episode 1: Blueberries and Boiling Over

A year after overcoming a devastating fire, Vivian and Ben go all-in on a 2nd restaurant. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 2: Shrimp Sells

Episode 2: Shrimp Sells

A family beach trip turns competitive for Vivian and her sisters. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 3: R-E-S-P-E-C-T the Butterbean

Episode 3: R-E-S-P-E-C-T the Butterbean

Vivian and Ben face challenges on the cusp of opening a new restaurant, the Boiler Room. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 4: Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 1

Episode 4: Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 1

Vivian undertakes mammoth preparations for her huge Souther Foodways Alliance luncheon. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 5: Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 2

Episode 5: Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 2

Vivian almost reaches her breaking point, but everyone pulls together for the big event. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 6: Apples

Episode 6: Apples

Vivian returns from her road trip and confronts her long absence from the restaurant. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 7: The Fish Episode, Y’all

Episode 7: The Fish Episode, Y’all

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

A Chef’s Life - Episode 8: Obviously, It’s Pecans

Episode 8: Obviously, It’s Pecans

November has arrived and the restaurant is busy. Vivian feels the stress at work and home. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Holiday Special

Holiday Special

Vivian is determined to give her toddler twins a traditional holiday experience, cooking, laughing, and yes, crying their way through Southern traditions new and old. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 9: Turnips: the Roots

Episode 9: Turnips: The Roots

Fun Summer vegetables are long gone, so Vivian looks to liven up the unglamorous turnip. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 10: Turnips: The Greens

Episode 10: Turnips: The Greens

Fun Summer vegetables are long gone, so Vivian looks to liven up the unglamorous turnip. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 11: Chicken Lickin’

Episode 11: Chicken Lickin’

As Vivian waits for Spring’s vegetables to appear, she pauses to appreciate chicken’s endless capacity as an ingredient. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 12: Ramp-ing up to Spring

Episode 12: Ramp-ing up to Spring

Vivian and the restaurant go wild over ramps, after a winter of few fresh vegetables. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 13: Eggs A Dozen Ways

Episode 13: Eggs A Dozen Ways

Vivian cooks for a supper club and experiments with an eye towards the James Beard House. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 14: Eggs Two Dozen Ways

Episode 14: Eggs Two Dozen Ways

Vivian’s invitation to cook at the prestigious James Beard House becomes a reality. Continue

 


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Season 1 Episodes

A Chef’s Life is a new half-hour character-driven documentary and cooking series that 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.

A Chef’s Life - Episode 1: Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea

Episode 1: Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea

Chef Vivian and her husband leave NYC to open a restaurant in her North Carolina hometown. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 2: Strawberry Stay at Home

Episode 2: Strawberry Stay at Home

Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the Southern harbinger of Spring. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 3: Pimp My Grits

Episode 3: Pimp My Grits

The restaurant gears up for a practice service — but nothing is going as planned. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 4: Cracklin' Kitchen

Episode 4: Cracklin’ Kitchen

Vivian launches the restaurant’s new “whole animal, no waste” program with two pigs. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 5: Tomatoes... You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey

Episode 5: Tomatoes… You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey

Vivian preps for a Southern Foodways Alliance luncheon with the ultimate tomato sandwich. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 6: The World is Your Oyster

Episode 6: The World is Your Oyster

Vivian goes to Cedar Island to explore the new culture of farm-raised oysters. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 7: Muscadine Time

Episode 7: Muscadine Time

Ben, Vivian and the twins pick muscadine grapes at a small local vineyard. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 8: A Road Trip for Rice

Episode 8: A Road Trip for Rice

Vivian travels to meet with Glenn Roberts to learn about Carolina Heirloom Rice. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 9: A Peanut Pastime

Episode 9: A Peanut Pastime

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

A Chef’s Life - Episode 10: Love Me Some Candied Yams

Episode 10: Love Me Some Candied Yams

Vivian visits one of the largest sweet potato farms in the country. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 11: Collard Greed Queen

Episode 11: Collard Greed Queen

Vivian gets a lesson in a 100-year-old tradition of making collard kraut. Continue

A Chef’s Life - Episode 12: The Buttermilk Belt

Episode 12: The Buttermilk Belt

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

A Chef’s Life - Episode 13: Have Yourself Some Moonshine

Episode 13: Have Yourself Some Moonshine

Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, and talks about the art and soul of white lightning. Continue

 

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