Chef, Owner

Vivian Howard


About Vivian Howard

Vivian Howard is an American chef, restaurateur, author and television host. From 2013-2018, Howard hosted the PBS television series A Chef's Life focusing on the ingredients and cooking traditions of eastern North Carolina — using the backdrop of the Chef & the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina, which Howard co-owns with husband, business partner and artist, Ben Knight. In 2014, Howard was the first woman since Julia Child to win a Peabody Award for a cooking program. In 2017, she authored an acclaimed cookbook and memoir, Deep Run Roots. She is a 5 time James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast semifinalist and James Beard winner for Best Television Personality.