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.