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Chef Vivian Howard is bringing her chicken soup philosophy to ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

2017 Tar Heels of the Year: Eastern North Carolina’s star chef and author, Vivian Howard

Vivian Howard never thought she’d move back to eastern North Carolina. But when her parents offered to help her and her husband Ben open a restaurant in Kinston, they packed up their New York City lives and came back to the south. Twelve years lat
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Vivian Howard never thought she’d move back to eastern North Carolina. But when her parents offered to help her and her husband Ben open a restaurant in Kinston, they packed up their New York City lives and came back to the south. Twelve years lat

Nothing can knock off that persistent chill or runny nose like a big ole pot of soup simmering slowly on the stovetop. The home is perfumed with seasoning meat or soup bones, a richness in the air, a warmth in the soul.

Kinston chef Vivian Howard is scheduled to tout the restorative properties of broths on “CBS Sunday Morning” Jan. 7.

It won’t be much of a stretch for Howard, who owns three restaurants in Kinston and Wilmington, and is in the fifth season of her PBS series, “A Chef’s Life,” where she explores the ingredients and traditions of Southern cooking and Eastern North Carolina.

But she has talked about developing the next phase of her television career, pivoting “A Chef’s Life” into another series connecting different cultures through common foods. Her segment, as described by CBS, will touch on the belief that every culture has a dish clung to for medicinal reasons, either emotional or physical – a world view through chicken soup.

The appearance will be somewhat of a return to CBS for Howard, who interned at the weekend news program while in college at NC State. She had aspirations of becoming a storyteller. But while in New York, she fell in love with the city and its food.

On “A Chef’s Life,” she has merged her two talents of cooking and storytelling, earning Daytime Emmy and Peabody awards and a Best Television Personality James Beard award.

With a bomb cyclone dropping a blizzard on the East Coast, a pot of broth has never felt more relevant. But don’t worry, Howard won’t get snowed in in Manhattan, the segment was pre-recorded.

CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9:30 a.m. The Howard segment is slated for the end of the program, according to CBS.

Howard and husband Ben Knight own Chef and the Farmer and Boiler Room in Kinston and opened their third restaurant, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, in downtown Wilmington in December.

Drew Jackson: 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson

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