A Chef's Life: The Final Harvest

A Chef's Life: The Final Harvest

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Chef Vivian celebrates

Courtesy of Josh Woll

After five momentous seasons of A Chef’s Life, Vivian Howard hosts The Final Harvest, a farewell feast of epic proportions.

A Chef's Life: The Final Harvest, airing Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV begins as a tractor pushes through her family’s cornfield to carve out the open-air dining room of Vivian’s dreams. She gathers Summer’s last vegetables from Warren Brothers’ farm for a batch of chow-chow. Ms. Lillie hosts a biscuit-making class for the show’s favorite characters. Vivian’s parents, Mrs. Scarlett and Mr. John, reveal how Vivian’s success has changed their family, and most importantly, made them proud.

The show’s most beloved personalities share intimate moments, along with a series-worth of memorable flashbacks. Ben reveals an unexpected tenderness when describing the impact of A Chef’s Life on his family and community. A fitting sign-off to the series, friends new and old take a seat at A Chef’s Life final harvest table, bringing to a close this extended love letter to eastern North Carolina.

About Vivian: Born in Deep Run, NC 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 start in the advertising business to convince her a career in food was feasible. After college, Vivian moved to New York for work, but found the city’s food and restaurant scene far more intriguing. A server position at Greenwich Village’s Voyage made it possible for her to begin training under the restaurant’s chef Scott Barton. She went on to learn from creative cutting-edge chefs Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at WD50 and later, joined the opening team at Jean Georges Vongerichten’s critically-acclaimed Spice Market.