North Carolina chef accepted a prestigious award last night for a TV series that chronicles her life and her cooking. Vivian Howard is co-owner of "Chef and the Farmer," a fine dining restaurant in Kinston, N.C. She and the television crew that makes the series "A Chef's Life" accepted one of broadcasting's highest honors, a Peabody Award, in New York.
Howard says the journey to being accepted by the Kinston community was a long one.
"It really took a while for them to warm up," says Howard.
"And then when we started doing the show, I think there was also some skepticism surrounding it as well -- like how is the community going to be portrayed. And so..when it started airing and people could relate to it, I think the community really, really got behind it and it's become a huge source of pride for our community and our region."
The award committee complimented "A Chef's Life" on what it said was the show's "refreshingly un-sensational depiction of life and work in a modern restaurant – with generous sides of Southern folkways and food lore."
WUNC's Catherine Brand spoke with Chef Howard about the series and the recognition it has received.