North Carolina Chef Vivian Howard's New PBS Series Premieres Tonight

Chef Vivian Howard
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Sorry, Golden Girls, but our new favorite TV show is Somewhere South, which premieres tonight Friday, March 27, at 9 p.m. ET on local PBS stations. In the new series, beloved chef Vivian Howard travels across the South to meet with the restaurant chefs and home cooks who are preserving the legacy and the future of Southern cuisine.

In each episode of South by Somewhere, Howard, who was named the South's Best chef of 2019, highlights the diverse culinary heritage of the region we call home. She visits rural kitchens and big city restaurants, sampling the food and learning the secrets and histories of the cooks. She stops in to see Gullah chefs in Charleston doling out grits and rice middlins, heads to a West Virginia to sample the pepperoni rolls made popular by coal miners there, samples the collard sandwiches of native Lumbee home cooks, and breaks bread with Mashama Bailey. It's a tour that is sure to make you hungry and have you hankering for a road trip of your own.

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"Shooting South by Somewhere has made me look at what we call Southern food with a new set of spectacles. The home kitchens I learn in, the stories I hear people share, the food I watch them make—it has lit a fresh fire under me," Howard said in a news release. "I'm excited that, as Southerners, we can tell these complex stories through food and culture, and not shy away from our past or present."

The show is a return to television for Howard who previously hosted the beloved and Peabody Award-winning series, A Chef's Life.

In addition to these TV projects, Howard also owns and operates three North Carolina restaurants with her husband Ben: Chef and the Farmer and The Boiler Room in Kinston, and Benny's Big Time Pizzeria in Wilmington.

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