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Paula Deen is a self-made success story who learned the secrets of Southern cooking from her Grandmother some 30 years ago. Paula Deen had no idea at the time that the love for Southern cooking her grandmother instilled in her would lead to a life-long career.
Newly divorced and with only $200 to her name, Paula Deen packed up her two sons and moved from Albany, Georgia, to Savannah. There Paula Deen started her own catering business called The Bag Lady, where she prepared fresh lunches to sell to downtown businesses and doctors` offices.
Most days Paula Deen rose in the early morning to grill chicken for her popular chicken salad. Every Thursday night Paula Deen cooked until the wee hours to create a mouthwatering Friday barbecue special, Boston Butt. Paula Deen`s local specialties, such as chicken pot pies, barbecue sandwiches, lasagna and banana pudding, caught on with the Savannah business crowd and quickly became the talk of the town.
In 1990, Paula Deen opened her own restaurant in the south side Savannah Best Western. Called The Lady and Sons, it served breakfast, lunch and dinner in a small space that could seat 42 people maximum. The restaurant remained in that location for four years, where Paula Deen and her sons built their business with a core of faithful patrons. In 1995, Paula Deen jumped on the opportunity to relocate to downtown Savannah, where The Lady and Sons has been ever since.
The Lady and Sons has gathered accolades from critics and media alike. The most important honor for Paula Deen was when the food writer for USA Today recognized The Lady and Sons as having the Most Memorable Meal of the Year for 1999.
Paula Deen`s business continues to flourish with a series of successful cookbooks: "Paula Deen and Friends: Living It Up," "Southern Style," "The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook," "The Lady and Sons Too" and "The Lady and Sons Just Desserts."
Paula Deen brought a southern touch to Food Network with her show, "Paula`s Home Cooking." Paula Deen also surprised the owner of a century-old home with a kitchen makeover in a style all her own on the 2005 Food Network special, "All-Star Kitchen Makeover."
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Paula Ann Hiers
Paula Ann Hiers Deen (born January 19, 1947) is an American celebrity chef and cooking show television host. 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.
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