Paula Deen is a celebrity chef, former cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress, and Emmy Award-winning television personality. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fourteen cookbooks. Though married in 2004 to Michael Groover, she uses the surname Deen, from her first marriage.
Paula Deen’s home business, The Bag Lady, soon outgrew her kitchen. She first moved into the Best Western on Savannah’s southside on Abercorn Street in 1991 with a restaurant called The Lady. In January 1996, Deen opened her restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in downtown Savannah, on West Congress Street. Within a few years, the restaurant moved to the old White Hardware building on Whitaker. USA Today named The Lady & Sons the “International Meal of the Year” in 1999. The specialty is a buffet of Southern “comfort foods.” Every buffet meal includes a salad bar and one dessert. Her sons are also involved in managing the restaurant, which is popular with tourists visiting Savannah.
Paula Deen’s relationship with Food Network began in 1999, when her friend Erin Lewis introduced her to Gordon Elliott, who then introduced her to her current agent, Artist’s Agency owner Barry Weiner. Elliott took her through the city for a series of Doorknock Dinners episodes. She also appeared on Ready, Set, Cook!. Deen was invited to shoot a pilot named Afternoon Tea in early 2001. The network liked it, and eventually gave Deen her own show, Paula’s Home Cooking, which premiered in November 2002. Paula’s Home Cooking was originally taped in Millbrook, New York at the home of Gordon Elliott, the show’s executive producer.
Paula Deen mentioned on the March 13, 2006, edition of The Daily Buzz that the next batch of episodes of her show would be taped at her home in Savannah, Georgia. According to the first of those episodes, actual production at her new Savannah home began in November 2005.
Since then, Deen has been given two more Food Network shows, Paula’s Party and Paula’s Best Dishes. Paula’s Party premiered on the Food Network in 2006 and Paula’s Best Dishes debuted on June 8, 2008.
A televised biography of Paula Deen was aired on an episode of the Food Network’s Chefography program, in March 2006.
On June 21, 2013, due to a controversy regarding Paula Deen’s admission, during a deposition for a lawsuit, that she had used racial slurs, The Food Network announced they will not renew her contract.
How Paula Deen Made Her Money – Celebrity Chef
Estimated Net Worth: $12 Million
Birthday: January 19, 1947