Business & Economy
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Wed May 21, 2014

Vivian Howard Accepts Peabody Award For 'A Chef's Life'

Chef Vivian Howard accepted a Peabody Award for the PBS series 'A Chef's Life'.
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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.

WUNC's Catherine Brand talks with Chef Vivian Howard. She accepted a Peabody Award this week for her PBS series 'A Chef's Life'.