Paula Deen: From the Kitchen to the Courtroom in 5 Clicks

With her racial discrimination claims now dismissed, see how the celebrity chef went from whipping up Southern specialties to stirring up controversy


Born in Albany, Ga., Paula Deen learns her way around the kitchen from her grandmother, according to her Food Network bio. By the time she moves to Savannah with her sons (Bobby and Jamie), $200 in her pocket and plenty of recipes under her belt, she is ready to start her own catering business, The Bag Lady, which serves up Southern specialties like chicken pot pie and barbecue. Its popularity leads to her own restaurant, The Lady and Sons, and eventually her own show, Paula's Home Cooking, which begins airing on the Food Network in 2002.