'A Chef's Life - Season Four'
(2-DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: Hold on to your root vegetables because 'A Chef's Life - Season Four' is the most unpredictable yet! As Chef Vivian transitions into an exciting new phase of her career, her celebrity status grows and so does the list of featured ingredients.
DVD Verdict: In truth, 'A Chef's Life' has always been one of my favorite shows. My family, both sides, are from eastern North Carolina. Her family, recipes and travels all bring back fond memories of family members and family friends from my childhood. Every time my family watches 'A Chef's Life' we all recall a meal, vegetable or dish a family member cooked in the past that we have not eaten, seen or prepared in years.
Chef Vivian Howard is a very creative food expert and I love to see what she will come up with next. It is nice to get to know her family, too. Myself and my family LOVE going on "field trips" with her and seeing where we all end up - and what we bring back home to cook! So interesting!
Here in Season 4, Chef Vivian wrangles up sweet spring onions with special help from The Avett Brothers, and then turns a roster of watermelon, sunchokes, field peas, and more into new-fashioned fare. Even rabbit, which Vivian calls 'the meat of the future' makes the menu!
On a trip to Portland where she crowns cabbage king, Vivian decides to let her hair down. But back at home, the writing and release of her first cookbook is its own whirlwind adventure, especially as major staff changes at the restaurant mean heightened emotions and a heavier workload.
So, as one might well expect from having watched this show for years now, this fourth helping of 'A Chef's Life' features a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Vivian alongside a hearty cast of farmers, chefs, home cooks, and friends.
Onions and Avetts // My Watermelon Baby
Peas, Please // Stand by Your Cabbage
Cabbage's Last Stand // Rabbit
More Than One Way to Skin a Catfish
All Sunchoked Up // Heavenly Hocks
Mayo, The Mother Sauce
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.