Mending seasonal North Carolina ingredients to Asian cuisine, Reusing has set a precedent in culinary excellence for other chefs to follow. Reusing beat out four male counterparts to win the 2011 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast , while Christensen was a semifinalist for the same honor. Award-winning chef Vivian Howard will … There’s the Chef, of course. Vivian Howard is a chef, author, and PBS personality from Deep Run, NC. She owns two restaurants in Kinston, NC: Chef & the Farmer and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Chef Vivian Howard worked with some of the stars of the culinary world in New York City before returning home to North Carolina and opening her ground-breaking restaurant, Chef … Andrea Reusing. From 2003 to 2005, she was the owner of Sunny's Delicious Dishes, a catering company based in Jersey City, New Jersey . Anderson settled in New York City in 2001 at the age of 26, and worked as a radio personality for HOT 97 ( WQHT) in New York City from 2001 to 2003. And so The Chef & the Farmer, located in Kinston, North Carolina, was born. No part of North Carolina’s dining scene shines brighter than Andrea Reusing’s Lantern in Chapel Hill and Ashley Christensen’s Poole’s Diner in Raleigh. In 201, Andrea Reusing became the first Triangle chef to bring home a James Beard Award for her work at Lantern in Chapel Hill, where she claims dual titles of chef and owner. Now it’s a destination for gastronauts from North Carolina’s Research Triangle, 90 minutes away, as well as Washington, New York and Atlanta. Vivian Howard, star of A Chef’s Life, is debuting her new PBS series, Somewhere South, and hosting a sneak peek in her home state of NC.