Season 4 of A Chef's Life premiered in September 2016.
A Chef's Life is a 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.
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.
The series will return in Season 3 to follow Vivian's journey to highlight Southern cuisine and local ingredients, all while managing twos restaurants with husband Ben Knight, a bustling young family and newfound fame.
Pick Your Season
Watch a Preview of Season 4
Preorder Vivian's Cookbook
Deep Run Roots is the definitive Southern cookbook from the co-creator of PBS's A Chef's Life, Vivian Howard. Featuring Vivian's favorite family dishes, memorable meals from her award-winning restaurant, and traditional preparations, this cookbook is a culinary love letter to the region she has spent her life discovering. Vivian offers recipes for every interest and skill level along with stories and advice.
About the Show
Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the Manhattan restaurant world and with her own gourmet delivery service.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.