What can I say? I love this show. I'm one of those people who sees the chef's life as glamorous although I know it consists of grueling work weeks and extreme stress. This show reflects all that as well as some interesting insights into the chef's family life. I noticed just recently that the program is classified as reality, which I guess it is, but I must say this is the only reality show I have ever watched. Survivor and all its successors never appealed to me; I found even the program trailers repugnant. This show, however, has a wholesome, down home quality that is reflective of Vivian Howard's personality as she comes across on video. It also contains and educational component on food and farming in northeastern North Carolina.
This is something we seldom see any more: an intelligent food show. Each week Vivian Howard teaches us something about agriculture, about running a restaurant and about cooking with a key ingredient. More please.
As a big fan of the show, I bought these as a kind of reference work for the type of cooking Vivian highlights - food Eastern North Carolinians grew up. Vivian and her staff are fun and engaging to watch, and when she visits with Lilly or Scarlett to see "how we have always done it" you get a taste of true country cooking. Her interactions with her vendors can be both instructive and hilarious.
Vivian Howard is a delight to watch. Probably not to work for because she requires the highest standards, but it is interesting to me to get a peek into what life in the fine dining restaurant industry in that part of the country is like. I buy all my favorite PBS shows on DVD since it helps public broadcasting, sort of like making a donation, while at the same time I know if the show ends I can rewatch it on DVD.
Love love love this show! Ordered both seasons because we missed a few and love to watch it over and over...just wish there were more episodes! Looking forward to eating at The Chef and Farmer and The Boiler Room for our anniversary in May!
A very well-done documentary on the life of this interesting couple. I enjoyed every episode. I particularly liked Vivian's humility and self-deprecating humor, and being introduced to all the down-to-earth farmers and other locals.
Vivian Howard is as real as it gets here. I love their struggles to open a thriving restaurant in a picturesque yet sleepy North Carolina farming town. The show focuses on Southern food and specific ingredients in each episode. I'm enjoying this and learning many interesting foods.