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Paula Deen is hitting the road.
The embattled chef announced that she will kick off a 20-show tour on June 21st in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., a couple of months after telling People magazine she was fighting to get her name back in the wake of a racial scandal that shattered her multi-million-dollar cooking empire.
Six weeks ago, Paula Deen admitted she was ready to fight to get her name back after scandal hit last summer. Now, the celebrity chef is ready to close the door on another chapter in her life.
From Top Chef Masters‘ Curtis Stone to Everyday Italian‘s Giada De Laurentiis, a slew of TV-famous cooks have been extra busy lately as they prepare to take their food off-screen — and become new restauranteurs.
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Chef and cookbook author Bobby Deen is psyched that it’s a new year — and not just because there’s even more distance from last June’s scandal that plagued his mother Paula and her legendary Southern food empire.