Paula Deen is set on making a comeback and is taking to the road to do so.
The 67-year-old chef announced that she will be launching a 20-city tour that will begin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the site of her upcoming restaurant Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, on Saturday, June 21.
So far, only five locations have been revealed including Savannah, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, Nashville, Tennessee, and San Antonio, Texas, but many more will soon be revealed.
At each location, Deen will be offering a 90-minute show complete with cooking demonstrations, stories, and games for the audience. Deen said she wants to make the show an interactive experience. "We are going to play musical chairs and the dating game with the audience. That's the excitement of it all — my fans get to be part of the show," Deen explained. "I'll also invite some folks in the audience to come onstage and cook with me."
Creator of ABC's The Chew and the executive producer of Paula Deen's show Paula Deen Live! Gordon Elliot said that he is sure that Deen's loyal fans will love her tour. "These unique, one-of-a-kind events will let Paula interact with fans across America who love her sense of humor and down-to-earth Southern charm," Elliot said.
Deen said she is ready to be on stage again, and visit her fans across the United States. "When I step out onstage, it's the most amazing feeling, y'all," Deen said. "I feel so alive when I walk on that stage, and I love that kind of adrenaline rush. By going on tour, I can see all my amazing fans in different cities across the United States."
Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Thursday, May 1, at 10 am.
Below is a list of locations and dates for her first seven shows:
•Saturday, June 21 - LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
•Sunday, June 22 - LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
•Wednesday, August 6 - Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
•Friday, August 8 - Lucas Theatre in Savannah, Georgia
•Friday, August 15 - Lucas Theatre in Savannah, Georgia
•Tuesday, August 26 - Wodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia
•Wednesday, August 27 - Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, Tennessee
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