Cooking icon Paula Deen will be gracing the small screen once again on Wednesday for an episode of “MasterChef: Legends,” according to The Daily Wire.
Years after being taken off the airwaves Dean will appear as the third iconic cooking “legend” in this season of “MasterChef” according to reports about the upcoming episode.
“Known for her fatty cuisines and yummy desserts, this Southern belle follows in the footsteps of Emeril Lagasse and Curtis Stone, the first two culinary geniuses to serve as mentors/judges during the audition round,” Gold Derby said of Deen’s appearance.
The publication also added that the comfort food chef will still be working alongside host Gordon Ramsey and fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Aaron Sanchez.
Deen’s return will be hopefully a victorious one after she was cut from the Food Network in 2013 following the revelation that she used the n-word which came out during a deposition.
Delish.com outlined the controversy at the time, saying that Dean was being sued by Lisa Jackson, the former general manager of her Savannah, Georgia restaurant Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. It was then that the television personality admitted to using the racial slur.
The celebrity chef said during the same deposition, “that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.”
A representative for Deen told TMZ at the time: “Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”
While the star hasn’t entirely disappeared from view, her stake in the celebrity chef world was substantially diminished and this is no doubt a victorious return for the iconic self-made southern chef.