When the James Beard Foundation announced its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards this week, alumna Vivian Howard ’96, owner of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, NC, was on the list for Best Chef in the Southeast.
Vivian is among 20 other chefs in the Southeast region vying for the honor. See the competitors listed below. James Beard finalists will be named on March 15, and the winners will be revealed in May.
In addition to her restaurant, Vivian stars with her husband, Ben Knight, in the award-winning, reality TV series A Chef's Life on PBS. She also authored the cookbook Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of North Carolina, which will be released in October 2016.
Our Centennial Celebration dinner this October is inspired by Vivian and she will be on hand to sign her cookbook.
Semi-finalists for Best Chef: Southeast
Nate Allen, Knife and Fork, Spruce Pine, NC
Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA
Jeremiah Bacon, The Macintosh, Charleston, SC
Brian Canipelli, Cucina 24, Asheville, NC
Kathy Cary, Lilly’s, Louisville, KY
Scott Crawford, Standard Foods, Raleigh, NC
Steven Devereaux Greene, Herons in the Umstead Hotel, Cary, NC
Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow, Atlanta
Damian Heath, Lot 12 Public House, Berkeley Springs, WV
Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC
Kevin Johnson, The Grocery, Charleston, SC
Matthew Kelly, Mateo, Durham, NC
Joe Kindred, Kindred, Davidson, NC
Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY
Erik Niel, Easy Bistro, Chattanooga, TN
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta
Ryan Smith, Staplehouse, Atlanta
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis
Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto, Hillsborough, NC
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville