Vivian Howard

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Vivian Howard is an American chef and television personality. She is most famous for being the head chef and co-owner of the restaurant Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina, and for starring in the award-winning PBS television series A Chef’s Life.

Howard graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC in 2004. She completed an internship at Wylie Dufresne’s wd~50 and trained as Chef de Partie at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market.

Howard married Ben Knight, one of her coworkers at Voyage, and the two started a soup delivery business out of their apartment in Harlem, an effort that included chilling soup in the bathtub. Despite offers from investors to open a brick and mortar location in New York, the couple agreed to accept Howard’s parents’ offer to buy a restaurant in Kinston. Howard and Knight moved to North Carolina in 2005 and opened Chef & the Farmer in 2006 in a downtown building that had once been a mule stable. More than 60% of the ingredients used in the restaurant come from within a 90-mile radius.

The restaurant strives to create modern interpretations of traditional regional dishes, as collected from members of the small Eastern North Carolina community. Howard says, “Older folks in our community teach me how to make something very simple. One of the things I like about A Chef’s Life and dislike about modern media, in general, is that [our culture is] very young-person-new-ideas driven, and I don’t think people call on the wisdom of older folks very much. To learn from them and share has been wonderful.”

In 2012, the Chef & the Farmer building caught fire and had to be rebuilt. In 2013, Howard and Knight opened the Boiler Room, a casual spot that serves oysters and burgers across the street from Chef & the Farmer.

Howard has authored one cookbook, titled Deep Run Roots – Stories and Recipes from my Corner of the South, which was released in October 2016. After the book was released, it remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 3 weeks straight. In 2017, “Deep Run Roots – Stories and Recipes from my Corner of the South,” won four IACP Cookbook Awards including: Cookbook of the Year, Julia Child First Book Award, Outstanding Restaurant Cookbook, and Outstanding Cookbook in the General Category. Howard plans to write another cookbook which will release in 2019.

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