As legendary celebrity cook Paula Deen has become the voice for fun in the kitchen for millions, her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, are quickly becoming an alternative voice for the family, taking the Deen name and its growing list of products and partners to an ever-growing younger audience looking to expand their culinary endeavors and have fun in the kitchen as well.
With a pair of best-selling books, countless network television appearances and a show of their own, Jamie and Bobby, with their quick wit, and individual style, are becoming a stand-alone brand complimenting the success of the Deen family.
Jamie Deen is an entrepreneur, businessman, author, and son of American cooking and lifestyle icon Paula Deen. He is in the second season of his hit show "Home For Dinner with Jamie Deen" for The Food Network.
Jamie has been an integral part of the now legendary business The Bag Lady – the famous sandwich delivery service that launched Paula Deen's success. Working with his mom and younger brother Bobby, Jamie delivered the "lunch-and-love-in-a-bag" that kick-started his mother's professional cooking career in Savannah, Georgia.
The Deen family took The Bag Lady concept: Great food, great value and a whole lot of love—and expanded it into one of America's most successful restaurant launches; the 1989 opening of The Lady and Sons in Savannah. Jamie's careful attention to the business side enabled his mom to craft recipes that helped garner The Lady and Sons national exposure.
Soon after, Jamie and Bobby began making regular appearances on their mom's cooking shows on the Food Network, and later launched their own show on the network's, "Road Tasted." "Road Tasted" followed The Deen Brothers as they explored America in search of more examples of love and warmth-infused cooking. Jamie and his brother Bobby are also accomplished authors, and have published four books: The Deen Bros. Cookbook-Recipes From the Road (2007), Y'all Come Eat (2008), Take It Easy (2009) and Get Fired Up (2011). This year, Jamie launched his first solo authorship with Good Food, a beautiful look at family recipes and traditions. Jamie and his brother have also, expanded their efforts with a line of spices, bbq sauces and t-shirts, all sold at the Paula Deen Store and at PaulaDeen.com.
Today, Jamie lives with his wife Brooke and their two children in Savannah. Deen serves on the boards of the Bethesda Home for Boys and the Coastal America's Second Harvest, and is a sought after speaker at small business conferences, schools and community outreach programs.
Growing up in a traditional Southern kitchen, recent newlywed and self-proclaimed "Georgia Boy" Bobby Deen went to work with his brother Jamie, in his mother Paula's kitchen-- when he was eighteen. Bobby, along with his brother Jamie and their mom, founded a small Savannah, Georgia catering business known for delivering "lunch-and-love-in-a-bag," which grew into one of Savannah's most-loved restaurants, The Lady & Sons.
With The Lady and Sons firmly established, Bobby and Jamie began appearing to rave reviews on their mother's cooking shows on the Food Network, and soon launched their own show on the network, "Road Tasted," which followed Bobby and Jamie as they explored America in search of love and warmth-infused cooking. Both Bobby and Jamie Deen began to draw a new, younger audience to the growing number of Deen Family fans in America.
Today, Bobby's #1 show, "Not My Mama's Meals," airs on the Cooking Channel. "Not My Mama's Meals" brings some of his family's favorite Southern recipes to the table with his healthier, lighter approach to cooking.
Early this year, Bobby published his first solo book, #1 New York Times Bestseller, "From Mama's Table to Mine," in addition to four books with Jamie, including "The Deen Bros. Cookbook-Recipes From the Road" released in 2007, "Y'all Come Eat" in 2008, "Take It Easy" in 2009 and "Get Fired Up" in 2011. They've expanded their efforts with a line of spices, bbq sauces and t-shirts, all sold at the Paula Deen Store and at PaulaDeen.com.
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