Vivian HowardChef & TV Host
Born in Deep Run, North Carolina to tobacco and hog farming parents, Vivian Howard learned early on to appreciate the ebb and flow of eating with the seasons. Still, it took 23 years and a false start in the advertising business to convince her that a career in food was not only feasible, but the right path.
She's worked under some of New York's most cutting edge chefs including Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at wd~50 and was a member of the opening team at Jean Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market. But in 2005, Howard and her now-husband, Ben Knight, left the urban landscape to open Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina. Eight years later, the couple expanded their restaurant footprint in Kinston to include the Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Their experiences with the restaurants and raising their twins is documented in the PBS series "A Chef's Life," currently in its second season.