Hungry? A Paula Deen museum is in the works

Paula Deen, the queen of comfort food and, well, butter, could soon have her accomplishments -- and perhaps her doughnut burger recipe -- on display.

The Albany Herald reported that local businesswoman B.J. Fletcher and Deen’s first husband, Jimmy Deen, have teamed up to turn the celebrity chef’s childhood Georgia home into a museum.

“It just takes my breath away that folks back in Albany would consider doing something like this,” Deen told the Herald. “I’m just trying to wrap my head around this incredible honor. I would want something like this to be a symbol of hope for people looking to make their lives better.”


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Deen, who began cooking in her 20s to cope with her severe agoraphobia, has created a restaurant empire and through her many shows has become the Food Network’s face of Southern cuisine.

Though museums dedicated to famous chefs are seldom on the menu in America (the Chicago Culinary Museum has a Chefs Hall of Fame), strange foods seem to make for popular displays.

There’s a Jell-O Gallery in New York, the Museum of Burnt Food in Massachusetts, and Germany has museums dedicated to chocolate and currywurst.

And perhaps to Deen’s delight, there’s an Irish museum that celebrates butter.


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