COLUMBIA — South Carolina ETV has won a Peabody Award for A Chef’s Life, a cooking/reality series that revolves around a high-end, farm-to-fork restaurant in eastern North Carolina.
“We are honored by this award and thrilled to add Chef Vivian Howard to our list of Peabody Award winners Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Children’s Express Newsmagazine, and American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends. We and our partners at the ETV Endowment are committed to supporting quality programs such as A Chef’s Life and sharing these shows not just with South Carolina but nationwide,” said ETV President and CEO Linda O’Bryon.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest in electronic media, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The Peabodys recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television
Produced by Markay Media in association with SCETV Presents, the show 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 Kinston, 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.
ETV Executive Producer of Content Amy Shumaker immediately recognized the program’s appeal and wanted to share it with public television stations across the country.
“After seeing a short pilot episode, we knew that A Chef’s Life was something special. The show shines a spotlight on Southern foodways, while blending documentary style filmmaking with farm to table cooking,” said Shumaker.
A Chef’s Life airs nationally on PBS and the Create service.
The University of Georgia’s 73rd annual Peabody Awards will be presented during a ceremony hosted by Ira Glass on May 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.