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Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 1


A Chef’s Life is a cooking and documentary series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, opens a fine dining restaurant in her small hometown in Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her menus. Using a chef’s modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present – one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm-to-table food, the series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life.


Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose at Me! Part 1
Vivian, Ben and the entire restaurant staff hustle to complete the preparations necessary for a luncheon at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. At the center of Vivian’s meal is the Tom Thumb, a pungent and rich sausage stuffed into a pig’s appendix.


This program will encore at 11:30 pm