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Kinston-based ‘A Chef’s Life’ wins Daytime Emmy award

Chef Vivian Howard, 36, left, and Durham filmmaker Cynthia Hill, 43, right, work on their PBS show 'A Chef's Life' on location in Hookerton, N.C. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Chef Vivian Howard, 36, left, and Durham filmmaker Cynthia Hill, 43, right, work on their PBS show 'A Chef's Life' on location in Hookerton, N.C. on Thursday, June 5, 2014. clowenst@newsobserver.com

The PBS program “A Chef’s Life,” which stars Kinston chef Vivian Howard, won a Daytime Emmy Friday night for Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program.

The show is directed by Cynthia Hill, and showcases the food traditions of eastern North Carolina, where Howard was raised and where her family, also featured on the program, live. “A Chef’s Life” also shows the struggles of Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, as they run a fine dining restaurant (Chef & the Farmer) and a casual restaurant (Boiler Room Oyster Bar).

The program was also nominated for Outstanding Single Camera Photography, which was won by another PBS food show, “The Mind of a Chef.” The award was presented at a special ceremony for Creative Arts. The main Daytime Emmy show will be broadcast Sunday night at 8 on the Pop channel (formerly TV Guide Network).

A Chef’s Life” also won a Peabody Award in 2014. It airs locally on UNC-TV and the third season is expected to begin in September.

Photos from Friday night’s ceremony are on the “Chef’s Life” Facebook page.

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