Celebrity Chef Opens Pizzeria

Eventually, everyone wants to own a pizzeria. 

That's how it was for Vivian Howard, owner of Chef & the Farmer, Boiler Room, and star of "A Chef's Life," who has just opened Benny's Big Time Pizzeria in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband Ben Knight, according to Star News.

According to the story, the couple was already creating pizzas in the wood-burning oven inside their Kinston-based Chef & the Farmer restaurant, and Benny's will give them the opportunity to expand on their menu with eight pizzas. Knight shared that his love for pizza began a long time ago as a delivery driver for Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Chicago. 

Wondering about other celebrity chefs who've been bit by the pizza bug?

  • Richard Florczak was cooking for Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio before he built a pizza oven in his backyard and could no longer fight the urge to open a pizzeria. Now he runs Flame Pizzeria in a Reseda, California, strip mall.
  • Scott Conant's Mora features five pizzas, while The Pointe offers three pies on its dinner menu.
  • Jamie Oliver has three pizzerias located in India and aptly named Jamie's Pizzeria.