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Paula Deen is an American television personality and celebrity chef known for the food network shows, Paula's Party and Paula's Best Dishes. She is also the owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant. For the show, Paula's Home Cooking, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007.
Deen was born as Paula Ann Hiers on 19th January 1947 in Albany, Georgia, the United States of America. She was born to parents Earl Wayne Hiers and Corrie A. Hiers.
Paula Deen's Marital Life with husband Michael Groover
The renown chef is happily married to her spouse Michael Groover, who is a retired tugboat captain. He also worked as a harbor pilot in the Port of Savannah, Georgia. The couple married in 2004 and and their wedding ceremony took place at Bethesda Academy in Savannah.
Both Paula and her spouse were previously married and has children from past marriage. So, how they met?
Paula and Michael were neighbors but hadn't met each other. One day when Deen's pet dogs walked into Groover's backyard, the pair got to talk. They met several times later and fell in love. Do you know the duo has an age difference of nine years as Michael was born in 1956.
Paula and her First Husband, Jimmy Deen
The famous television star was previously in marital life with her first husband, Jimmy Deen. Paula tied the know with Jimmy in 1965 among their friends and family.
The former pair also shares two children, two sons name Jamie Deen (born on 29th June 1967), and Bobby Deen (born on 28th April 1970). Paula and her former spouse stayed together for almost 24 years until they decided to divorce in 1989.
Paula's Current Husband's Past Marriage
Like his wife, Groover was also in a relation before marrying her. In his book, My Delicious Life with Paula Deen, he revealed about his children, a son named Anthony Groover and daughter, Michelle Reed.
The detail information about Groover's past relation is not known. Nevertheless, he is happily married to Deena and is a great stepfather to her kids.
Kicked off as a Catering Service
After separating from Jimmy Deen, Paula had only $200 and worked as a bank teller, insurance seller, real state seller, and more. She also runs her own blog.
Soon, Deen started her catering service, making meals and sandwiches. Those foods were delivered by Paula's sons.
Deen's catering business The Bag Lady became successful as she moved to Abercorn Street, Savannah, in 1991 and opened her restaurant named The Lady.
In January 1996, Deen opened her restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in the center of Savannah, on West Congress Street. The restaurant was also awarded for the International Meal of the Year in 1999, by USA Today.
Paula's business relation with Food Network and Television
The same year, Deen received International Meal of the Year, Paula started her business terms with Food Network after she was introduced to Gordon Elliott by Erin Lewis.
Soon, she appeared on Ready, Set, Cook! As well. In early 2001, Deen was invited to film a pilot called Afternoon Tea. The network liked it and offered Deen to run her show, Paula's Home Cooking in 2002.
How Much Net Worth Does Paula Deen Accumulate?
The famous cook and television star has a staggering net worth of $14 million as of 2020, which is more than another television star Joseph Frontiera. Deen and her spouse currently reside in Savannah where their 5,646 sq ft property worth $1.3 million is located.
As per some sources, Paula makes more than $750,000 every year from her business and television shows. Not to mention, she also makes hefty money from her recipe books.
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