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Peabody Award-Winning PBS Series A CHEF'S LIFE Returns This October With A New Season Of Classic Southern Ingredients

- Series follows acclaimed former NY chef Vivian Howard and her real-life farm-to-table restaurant experience back home in North Carolina -

July 10, 2014 --

KINSTON, N.C., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --This fall, the popular seriesA CHEF'S LIFEreturns to PBS stations with a highly-anticipated second season. More than a cooking show, A CHEF'S LIFE is a half-hour character-driven documentary series that takes viewers inside the life and kitchen of Chef Vivian Howard. The series will return to find Vivian with a new list of local ingredients, each one starring in its own episode. Vivian juggles a full plate, with the opening of a second restaurant with husband Ben Knight and a bustling young family to manage. Season two premieres Sunday, October 5 at 7:30pm on WNET Thirteen in New York (check local listings for additional PBS stations).

Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the competitive Manhattan restaurant world and with her own gourmet delivery service. As she and Ben considered job offers and contemplated their next step, her parents made an offer to help them build their own restaurant with one catch. She had to open it back home in Eastern North Carolina, where she swore she would never return. With that, the famed restaurant Chef and the Farmer was born, and Kinston, NC has never been the same.

The premiere season of A CHEF'S LIFE followed Vivian and Ben as they recovered from a devastating fire in the restaurant, adjusted to life in a small-town, and juggled a busy and stressful career with raising a young family. Much more dynamic and personal than a typical cooking show,A CHEF'S LIFEcelebrates modern Southern cuisine, seasonality, farmers, food artisans, and family all through the lens of a working restaurant. Instantly beloved by viewers across the country when it premiered in 2013, the series' first season was recognized as a James Beard Award finalist and honored last month with a prestigious Peabody Award.


In the upcoming second season, A CHEF'S LIFE takes Vivian out of the Chef and the Farmer's kitchen and on the road with a new roster of Southern ingredients. From blueberries to turnips to butterbeans, Vivian explores Southern cuisine with a chef's modern sensibilities. As they introduce viewers to the farmers and cooks of the American South, Vivian and Ben also celebrate their twins' third birthday and open a new second restaurant, the Boiler Room.

This December, A CHEF'S LIFE will also bring viewers a special holiday treat. Vivian will create modern interpretations of family food traditions, including fudge, peanut brittle, and old-fashioned caramels, in a one-hour holiday special airing on PBS stations this December.

A CHEF'S LIFEis produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents. The series is directed and produced by Cynthia Hill with Rex Miller as co-producer and cinematographer. Derek Britt is the Executive Producer, and the series is edited by Tom Vickers. The opening title song, "Will You Return," is written and performed by the Avett Brothers. Amy Shumaker is Executive-in-Charge for SCETV Presents.

About South Carolina ETV
South Carolina ETV has a strong history of bringing quality programming to national public television and radio. From critically-acclaimed series such asFiring LineandPiano Jazz with Marian McPartlandto countless award-winning arts, performance, documentary and international specials, SCETV Presents is dedicated to producing and presenting fresh, innovative public media programming for national and international audiences. SCETV is the South Carolina public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system. By using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. More information is available atscetv.org.

About PBS
PBS, with its more than 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website,pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by followingPBS on Twitter, Facebookor through ourapps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available atpbs.org/pressroomor by followingPBS Pressroom on Twitter.

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