A Chef's Life is a new documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband, Ben Knight, left the big city to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her seasonal menus. Using a chef’s modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present — one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm to table food, the 13-week series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life. A Chef's Life premieres on WXXI-TV on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.