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Paula Deen

Cooking Credentials: restauranteur (The Lady & Sons Restaurant), TV host (Paula’s Home Cooking), cookbook author (The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking)

Location: Savannah, Georgia

If you suspect you’ve witnessed this scene somewhere before, except it’s missing a few sticks of butter melting in a pot, it’s because Paula Deen shoots her television show from her Savannah home. It wasn’t always that way—Paula’s Home Cooking was originally taped in Millbrook, NY, but her roomy home kitchen has been the setting since 2005.

Designer Gwyn Duggan described the desired aesthetic to Paula Deen Magazine: “Paula wanted a serious, professional kitchen that didn't feel like one.” Using brick and heavy ceiling beams achieved the traditional aesthetic, but the layout is modern –as is the deep fryer in the island, which was at the top of Paula’s wish list. There’s also a cooking fireplace, soapstone counters, and the double oven is a commercial convection style for baking. Fridge and freezer drawers are located on the island on the far side from Paula, so family members will gather around, but stay out of her cooking zone. To keep the traditional look, an appliance hutch hides modern necessities and provides outlets. And for cleaning up after whipping up another cholesterol bomb, Gwyn describes the 48-inch sink as the size of a small bathtub.

Photo: Chia Chong | © Paula Deen Enterprises, LLC