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‘A Chef’s Life’ is up for 2 daytime Emmys

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. The show has been nominated for two daytime Emmy awards.
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. The show has been nominated for two daytime Emmy awards. clowenst@newsobserver.com

A Chef’s Life,” a PBS show starring Kinston chef Vivian Howard, has been nominated for two daytime Emmy awards.

Earlier this week, the daytime Emmys announced the nominees for its annual awards, which are given to television shows that aired between 2-6 p.m. in 2014. “A Chef’s Life” is one of three finalists for the Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program and Outstanding Single Camera Photography categories.

Cynthia Hill is the show’s director. Her partner, Rex Miller, is the show’s Director of Photography, and the camermen are Blaire Johnson and Josh Woll.

The show celebrates eastern North Carolina food traditions, such as Tom Thumb sausage and collard kraut. The show also shares the struggles of Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, running a fine dining restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, and a casual eatery, Boiler Room Oyster Bar, in a rural town, as well as raising a family. The third season is expected to begin airing in September.

The show won a Peabody award last year. It is having another good run this year; beyond the daytime Emmy nominations, Howard and the show have several James Beard Foundation broadcast media awards nominations for the second year in a row.

In the James Beard awards, Howard is up for Outstanding Personality or Host, competing against Ina Garten for “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics” on the Food Network and Pete Evans for “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking,” on PBS.

“A Chef’s Life” is also a finalist for Television Program, On Location, competing against Anthony Bourdain’s “The Mind of a Chef,” and Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods.” (This is the second year “A Chef’s Life” was nominated for Television Program on Location; they lost to “The Mind of a Chef” last year.) The show is also one of three finalists in the Visual and Technical Excellence category.

“A Chef’s Life” is competing against “The Mind of a Chef” in one of they daytime Emmy awards (Outstanding Single Camera Photography categories.)

If you missed a profile I wrote last year of Howard and Hill, go HERE.

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