Paula Deen is a celebrity chef and television personality best known for her food network shows Paula’s Party and Paula’s Best Dishes. She also owns the restaurant The Lady and Sons. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007 for her show Paula’s Home Cooking.
Early Life of Paula Deen
Deen was born on January 19, 1947, as Paula Ann Hiers in Albany, Georgia, United States of America. Earl Wayne Hiers and Corrie A. Hiers were her parents.
Paula Deen’s Relationship with Husband Michael Groover
The spouse chef is happily married to retired tugboat captain Michael Groover. In addition, he worked as a harbor pilot in Savannah, Georgia. The couple married in 2004, and their wedding ceremony was held at Bethesda Academy in Savannah.
Paula and Michael lived nearby but had never met. When Deen’s pet dogs wandered into Groover’s backyard one day, the two struck up a conversation. They eventually met again and fell in love. Did you know the couple has a nine-year age difference because Michael was born in 1956?
Who is her First Husband?
The famous television star previously married her first husband, Jimmy Deen. Paula married Jimmy in 1965 in front of their friends and family.
The former couple also has two children, two sons named Jamie Deen (born June 29, 1967) and Bobby Deen (born on 28th April 1970). Paula and her ex-spouse were married for nearly 24 years before deciding to divorce in 1989.
Past Marriage of Paula’s Current Husband
Groover, like his wife, was in a relationship before marrying her. He revealed about his children, a son named Anthony Groover and a daughter named Michelle Reed, in his book, My Delicious Life with Paula Deen.
The specifics of Groover’s previous relationship are unknown. Nonetheless, he is happily married to Deena and a wonderful stepfather to her kids.
Begun as a Catering Service
Paula had only $200 after her divorce from Jimmy Deen and worked as a bank teller, insurance salesperson, real estate salesperson, and other jobs. She also maintains her own blog.
Deen soon began her catering business, preparing meals and sandwiches. Paula’s sons were in charge of delivering the food.
Deen’s catering company, The Bag Lady, grew in popularity after she relocated to Abercorn Street in Savannah in 1991 and opened her restaurant, The Lady.
Deen opened The Lady & Sons on West Congress Street in the heart of Savannah in January 1996. In 1999, USA Today named the restaurant the International Meal of the Year.
Paula’s commercial relationships with Food Network and television
The same year that Deen was named International Meal of the Year, Paula began her business relationship with Food Network after Erin Lewis introduced her to Gordon Elliott.
Soon after, she made an appearance on Ready, Set, Cook! In addition. Deen was invited to film a pilot called Afternoon Tea in early 2001. The network liked it and offered Deen the position of host of her show, Paula’s Home Cooking, in 2002.
Paula Deen’s Net Worth: How Much Does She Have?
As of 2020, the famous cook and television star has a staggering net worth of $14 million, which is more than Joseph Frontiera, another television star. Deen and her spouse currently live in Savannah, where they own a 5,646-square-foot home worth $1.3 million.
According to some sources, Paula earns over $750,000 per year from her business and television shows. Not to mention that she makes a lot of money from her recipe books.