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Vivian Howard is a chef, author and founder of two restaurants in Kinston, North Carolina, the Chef & the Farmer and Boiler Room Oyster Bar, and one in Wilmington, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria. Her PBS television series “A Chef’s Life” was developed with Cynthia Hill as a documentarystyle cooking show focusing on Southern traditions and food ingredients, offering a glimpse of a local world to which many may not be privy. The series won a 2014 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, two Emmys and two James Beard awards. Howard’s ventures attract many followers and contribute to the economic growth of North Carolina’s coastal plains region.