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2 hours ago, stewedsquash said:

http://www.pbs.org/food/features/a-chefs-life-episodes/

Here is a listing of the season 4 episodes. They aired back last fall. I am getting repeats on Sunday's at 1:00 pm and also earlier season's on Monday nights. If you go to the PBS site, and put in your local channel, you can find out when it is airing in your area. It was weird this season because on my guide (StarTV cable, I don't recommend it to anyone) the new episodes were on Thursdays but they weren't designated as such. I usually taped the Sunday repeat episode anyway because Top Chef/The Blacklist/Mom take up my Thursday lineups and I didn't want to chance it not recording any of those shows (because of the stupid way they go over a minute to mess with recording stuff).  

Hmm maybe I'm thinking of season 5. At some point it seemed like my local PBS station stopped airing the episodes, but they showed up on OnDemand, so I was always confused as to what was new & what was a repeat.

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I don't think it's a very good look for her.  It's not the hair so much as the outfit she's wearing.   

Glad to hear she and her family are doing well though.  I'd love to see the twins.   

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5 hours ago, MissT said:

I don't think it's a very good look for her.  It's not the hair so much as the outfit she's wearing.    

Yeah, not a good look at all.

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I think she looks pretty good, especially the hair.  I'd like to see more photos.

  Now, her house......man....she just can't stand much of what we consider southern.  That's what I get from her home featured upthread.. I was born and raised in NC and her house is as close to what is NOT southern as you can get.  And she calls it a farmhouse.....lol..Okay.  To me, it's more of a NYC loft feel.   Still, I hope she enjoys it. 

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I just saw Vivian doing a commercial for Duke's Mayo. Her hair looked good! Shorter and lighter.

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On 4/24/2017 at 7:22 PM, SunnyBeBe said:

I think she looks pretty good, especially the hair.  I'd like to see more photos.

  Now, her house......man....she just can't stand much of what we consider southern.  That's what I get from her home featured upthread.. I was born and raised in NC and her house is as close to what is NOT southern as you can get.  And she calls it a farmhouse.....lol..Okay.  To me, it's more of a NYC loft feel.   Still, I hope she enjoys it. 

I agree. And because it's such a different style than anything you'll generally see in NC, it's kind of an eyesore. Maybe if it wasn't so close to her parents' home that has a more typical Southern style, it would be okay.

I think maybe it's because she had previously tried to distance herself from NC and being Southern. She says it herself in the show's intro that she left NC and swore to never return. As of now, her Southern roots and cooking have made her good money and a decent amount of fame, so she's okay with it up to that point, but she's still trying to hold herself away from fully reintegrating herself.  

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I checked out her cookbook from my library. It weighs 5 lbs easy. Its huge.

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The new season officially starts the first week of October.

Eater.com:

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The last season of A Chef’s Life showed North Carolina chef Vivian Howard writing her book, Deep Run Roots, and now audiences will get to see her touring the country in support of that release. The recipes this season will be partially inspired by the destinations on her book tour through the southeast. Howard recently told Eater that this might, however, be the last season to follow that one ingredient/recipe per episode format. “I’ve done every ingredient that makes sense in this particular framework,” Vivian says, “and I know how to stew collard greens and make pickles and preserve, so I think it’s time to do something else.”

 

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As Chef & the Farmer turns 10, Vivian searches for ripe tomatoes to serve at the restaurant's birthday party. She seeks the wisdom of Ms. Mary and Ms. Lillie to prepare an old-school tomato dish that 'kills hungry.'

 

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I love that Vivian will frequently go to Ms. Mary and Ms. Lillie for Southern cooking wisdom. It's a tacit acknowledgement of the true roots of Southern cuisine.

Speaking of, I need to get on reading The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty. 

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Caught the first episode of season 5. On a completely shallow note I really like Vivian's hair in the TH.

I know she said she was embarrassed by it but I would eat the hell out of that pesto cheesecake with tomato "frosting".

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2 hours ago, Pickles said:

This season does not seem as interesting to me. Has this show run its course?

I don't think Vivian is as interested in it, she's moved on from the restaurant, & the show was originally built around that.

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On 11/5/2017 at 10:52 AM, GaT said:

I don't think Vivian is as interested in it, she's moved on from the restaurant, & the show was originally built around that.

I don' think she has really checked out of the restaurant it' just the last few seasons has focused on the cookbook and promoting it which takes a tremendous amount of time. 

The twins have gotten so big!

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I enjoyed the show I saw today where she was in Kentucky learning about Bourbon. I was fortunate to be in a training program late in my career that took me to distilleries and was so interesting. We went to Seagram's, Jack Daniels, and our last visit was Maker's Mark. I was so impressed with their operation, a small facility turning out a quality product. At the end of the tour, we got to dip our own bottle and initial the label. Contents are gone but the bottle remains as a fond memory.

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Is anyone watching? I guess tonight's cornbread episode was the last one for this season or maybe forever? It almost seemed like it was the end for the whole show. I enjoyed this episode. I like seeing her cook with her mom. I love Vivian's haircut.

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2 minutes ago, Pickles said:

maybe forever? 

Not forever, they are currently filming their next season which includes the opening of a new restaurant.

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Just now, biakbiak said:

Not forever, they are currently filming their next season which includes the opening of a new restaurant.

Oh wow! Thanks for that info. What type of restaurant? In Kinston, I presume.

Ok, was just reading. Benny's Pizzeria in Wilmington. Opens 12/12. 

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3 minutes ago, Pickles said:

Oh wow! Thanks for that info. What type of restaurant? In Kinston, I presume.

It's a Pizzeria in Wilmington. I imagine Kingston can't support another one spot they are branching out.

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On 12/7/2017 at 7:17 PM, biakbiak said:

Not forever, they are currently filming their next season which includes the opening of a new restaurant.

She's been acting like she wants to get out of the restaurant, why would they open another one?

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On 12/11/2017 at 0:44 AM, GaT said:

She's been acting like she wants to get out of the restaurant, why would they open another one?

I never thought that she acted like she wanted out if the restaurant , just that the last two seasons have been consumed by her book.

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Just saw the last episode of S5, where she answers the question where to go from here, with I don't know. I know it's not a 'cooking show' per se, but I thought of Jacques Pepin's shows in contrast. His whole thing is getting people to be relaxed and to have fun in the kitchen - happy cooking! I kinda hope Vivian can pick up on this vibe in some way, stress seems to be the prevailing force in the last couple of seasons.

I liked the bourbon episode in KY. Maybe they could do some episodes just on the food truck, it seemed like it was created just as part of the book tour and was treated mostly as a hassle.

I looked through her cookbook at the bookstore - it is gorgeous, looks really well done.

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Did anyone see Vivian on CBS Sunday Morning today?  She did a piece on pot liquor.  (In the south, that's what we call the broth from cooking collard greens with ham bone.) She thinks it will replace the bone marrow craze.   I must say that she has NEVER looked lovelier.  OMG.  She has done something.  She's gorgeous. Hair, make up, complexion, just perfect. 

  I was surprised to read below that she has a new Pizza place in Wilmington, NC.  I would look forward to checking it out  the next time that I'm in Wilmington, but, I'm not a pizza fan.  Odd choice, imo.  Pizza at the beach.....oh well.  Maybe there are already too many good sea food/fish places. 

https://www.wwaytv3.com/2018/01/05/chef-vivian-howard-to-be-on-cbs-sunday-morning/

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On 1/7/2018 at 11:43 AM, SunnyBeBe said:

Pizza place in Wilmington, NC.  I would look forward to checking it out  the next time that I'm in Wilmington, but, I'm not a pizza fan.  Odd choice, imo.  Pizza at the beach.....oh well.  Maybe there are already too many good sea food/fish places. 

Willmington is pretty big so I imagine it cant support it. It's more than just a pizzeria its sort of a take on the old school Italian-American joint. I wonder if it was Ben's ideagiven the name.

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I just watched this for the second time in maybe three years. I was reminded as to why I hadn't added the show to my "watch list".  To me she is smug, condescending, egotistical, and selfish.  Apologies to those who appreciate her.

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On 3/24/2018 at 5:41 PM, Brookside said:

I just watched this for the second time in maybe three years. I was reminded as to why I hadn't added the show to my "watch list".  To me she is smug, condescending, egotistical, and selfish.  Apologies to those who appreciate her.

My husband quit watching it with me after that episode where she made such a big deal about servers quitting and how "they just don't know what a great opportunity this is" comment....not every server/waitress gives two poops who you are lady, its called a job. 

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On 6/22/2018 at 8:17 AM, chessiegal said:

I see Vivian's Duke's ad quite often. People are discussing it in the Commercials I Hate thread lol.

I had never seen it, I had to look it up.  I'm not sure why people would hate on that commercial, it just seems like a pretty generic commercial for mayonnaise.  It doesn't really stand out enough to cause much hate, you would think.

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Seems to be from people who have never heard of Vivian Howard and are mocking a "chef" hawking a brand of mayonnaise.

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On 5/5/2019 at 7:12 PM, chessiegal said:

Seems to be from people who have never heard of Vivian Howard and are mocking a "chef" hawking a brand of mayonnaise.

I guess I could see that.  Although I prefer Miracle Whip  🙂

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