Chef & the Farmer, North Carolina's Epicurean Oasis

Go to nowhere and turn left…you’ll discover an extraordinary, epicurean experience where Chef Vivian Howard practices culinary artistry in a place steeped in tradition. Vivian has returned to her southern roots to create Chef and the Farmer.

Kinston, NC, June 17, 2008 --( They’re maybe a handful of small town independent owned restaurants in the country that could compete in any major market. So much is riding against their success: qualified labor, customer base, expertise and so on.This is what makes your experience at Chef & the Farmer located in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston so remarkable.

How do they pull it off? Well, Chef Vivian Howard and Partner Ben Knight are seasoned veterans of the “New American” dinning scene. Vivian, an Eastern North Carolina native, moved to NYC and learned under creative, cutting edge chefs Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at the lower east side destination, WD-50. And, then on to Jean Georges Vongerichten’s wildy successful Southeast Asian restaurant, Spice Market. Vivian trained under Jean Georges and his partner in cuisine, the legendary Grey Kunz.

Ben, an artist, has worked in several fine dinning restaurants in Chicago and New York. Together, they have beat the odds, bringing a true sophisticated urban dinning environment to a small town.

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Chef & the Farmer
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