04:25 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 02/24/2014 06:00PM
Paula Deen stepped out at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival to love and affection from hundreds of fans.
The former Food Network star, 67, took the Miami stage on Sunday to a standing ovation and addressed attendees about the tough year that she has weathered.
"We have come off a very hard summer," Deen – who admitted in a deposition to using a racial slur years ago and was subsequently dropped by the Food Network and several sponsors – said at the start of her cooking demonstration. "Some people said I never apologized. If anyone did not hear me, I want to apologize."
Deen has mostly been laying low since then. "I just have to say your cards and letters helped me get out of bed every day," the Southern chef told fans.
Originally posted 02/19/2013 12:05PM
Come Thursday, there will be plenty of familiar faces heating up Miami Beach. And we mean in the kitchen.
As celeb chefs such as Bobby Flay, Paula Deen and Rachael Ray flock to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, you, too, can get a taste of the festivities, which run through the weekend. And you don't even have to leave your kitchen – just follow these recipes.
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