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The Deen Boys

Anyone else looking forward to Paula Deen's sons getting their own show? I always thought they were a great addition to her show, and stopped watching it because I thought her boys were better "TV wise" than she is!

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  1. No, they bore me. Sorry.

    1. If they are named Deen they have to cook nothing but sweets...

      The entire channel bores me.

      1. I love those guys and would watch them cut grass - yesss - sans shirts cutting grass.....

        They are the type of sons any mother in her right mind would feel blessed to have.

        Love those guys!!

        1. they look cheesy...i'm waiting for the culinary detective's show...coming in october...sounds similar...he's going to go around the country finding hole in the walls......he's a cop out here in LA who goes to random restaurants on his beat that are cheap....he writes a small column in one of the neighborhood newspapers....


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          1. re: Xericx

            Wow...thanks a ton...we start shooting in Philly in 2 weeks...gonna be some great dives as we have found so many its hard to narrrow them down!

          2. I am amazed that some people have anything bad to say about these two young men. They are hard working, handsome, momma loving guys. They say yes maam, please and thank you. They are bright and witty.....what's not to like? Angela

            1. I watched last night. Ugh. They are just over-the-top and boring. Get tired of the southern accent (accent on the southern part). They really didn't seem like chowhounds to me...just mama's boys.

              I am looking forward to Alton Browns road show! He's about the only one worth watching on Food Network.

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              1. re: melly


                1. re: MIKELOCK34

                  Are you joking? Lived in Georgia my whole life until just recently and every good old boy talked e-x-a-c-t-l-y like them or worse.

                  1. re: charlottecooks

                    Georgia is way up north to me. I have never heard anyone in the South speak that way! Visitors down here always comment on how nobody here speaks that way.

                    1. re: MIKELOCK34

                      honey Fl is not really South...it is mostly transplants.Southerners including myself do talk that way.

                    2. re: charlottecooks

                      i agree with charlottecooks, and i grew up in sw fla. with mom's family from the panhandle, and relatives in atlanta, dothan, pensacola, and colonial heights, va....

                2. I thought I was watching the home shopping network.

                  "And if you want a grape pie, make sure to checkout our aweful website where we get a percentage of everything sold."

                  1. Mamma's the meal ticket. When people get tired of Paula the Deen boys are up a creek. They bring little to the table. No pun intended.

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                    1. re: Ligros

                      "Mamma's the meal ticket. ". Uh - no. If you had read anything about Paula starting in business you would know that those boys have been working for her since they were little kids. They helped her build her business.

                      1. re: Jeanne

                        Mama's the meal ticket to TV. Sorry, I am sure they helped build the biz but would they be on TV or even near it without Paula? Hmmm.

                        1. re: Ligros

                          I don't find them any more offensive than any of the other talking heads on FN, and at times they're actually entertaining - so yeah, they probably would be.

                    2. I kinda like 'em. They seem very genuine and remind me a lot of the Southern boys I grew up with in Charleston. Maybe those of y'all not from the South just don't get it. ;-)

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                      1. re: Suzy Q

                        Suzy I agree with you on that. Of course they have Southern accents. What people not from the South don't realize is there is no "one" Southern accent. It varies from state to state, and even sometimes from different sections of the state. Folks from Mississippi don't sound like folks from Alabama, who don't sound like folks from Georgia, who don't sound like folks from South Carolina, etc. If any "Southern" state does not have a southern accent, it would be Florida :)

                        1. re: Missi

                          Indeed! I grew up in western NC, child of transplanted New Englanders. When I moved to New England myself, I met a fellow of Chinese descent who was from eastern NC. When we put on our "fake" southern accents to talk to each other (fake = not our normal "accents", and not inherited through generations), I could tell he was from eastern NC, not just the generic south.

                          Now that I've lived in New England for 20+ years, I forget that so many people "back home" speak with such an accent until I visit -- most of my exposure to it is on TV in ways that it doesn't seem real.

                        2. re: Suzy Q

                          I like them too! Their accent reminds me of home, and I LOVE the way they interact with Paula. I moved to DC recently and it bothers me that I very rarely hear "sir" or "ma'am" around here.

                          1. re: Reene902

                            A lot of people still consider DC a southern town. It's just that a lot of the people in DC aren't actually from around here. Welcome to the area! :)

                        3. I want to dislike them, but they are fine once in awhile. I don't watch Food TV for real cooking - I watch to be entertained - and the goal is met.

                          1. I like the hot one with the dark hair (Bobby?) but the big one can be intimidating and cuts people off.

                            1. I can only hope that you are bing extremely sarcastic.

                              Who ever said the "The South will rise agaiin." clearly never met these two knobs.

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                              1. re: Withnail42

                                Are you responding to me? The single one was voted one of the hottest single men in the US by People mag last year if that means anything to you. Surprised me too. But he is precious as we say down here, you have to admit. The big one gets on a roll and cuts people off as he is talking to them. They interviewed some guy, I think in PA, H e was making some kind of German or Austrian pastry from a recipe that had been in the family for generations. He was a meek and mild guy. The big son wouldn't let him get a word in edgewise. It was tough to watch. But, of course, I watched it.

                                1. re: southernitalian

                                  No I was responding to the OP.

                                  I have no opinion about their 'hotness' precious or otherwise. I just find these coat-tail ridding rubes talentless dull hacks that spend a little too much time together. If it wasn't for 'mamma' we would be in the fortunate position of never having heard from them.

                                  I have to agree with you. In the little bits I've seen of them the 'sensitive' one seems to be a little more aware of others and letting them talk about what they do. the lesser of two evils. The big thick one would be the guy at the restaurant talking so loudly about himself at the next table drowning out any and all conversations in the surrounding area, and hassling the waitress.

                                  1. re: Withnail42

                                    Gosh, tell us how you really feel... don't hold back.

                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                      wow, bringing back a thread from 2008. way to go!

                                      1. re: mljones99

                                        yes, we've already noted that. and i applaud EWSflash for doing so.

                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          I noted it and my post was removed. :-)

                                          1. re: LurkerDan

                                            LOL -- well i guess we've all closed the loop! ;-D.

                                    2. re: Withnail42

                                      Liivin' in a big ole house o' nepotism...

                                2. Can't stand to watch these two mama's boys. It either one of them had a brain, it would be lonely. They're both riding on mama's apron strings.

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                                  1. re: mschow

                                    Did you bother to read this thread? It's already been pointed out that both have worked in the industry since they were young. Whether you like it or not, they've been an integral part of building the "brand" that is Paula Deen. And once again, whether you like it or not, that's one incredibly successful brand.

                                    I'd also like to know where the comment about their brains comes into play. On what criteria are you basing that? Have you had their IQ's tested? If you don't like them, that's fine - but at least have the "brains" yourself to come up with a creative comment, not fifth-grade criticism.

                                    (Yes, I'm cranky today. But random insults bug me even on a good day.)

                                    1. re: Suzy Q

                                      Right on Suzy Q. The critics need to do some research (or at least read all of this thread) before chiming in.

                                      Paula Dean was an agoraphobic for many years - her sons worked for her when she was unable to leave the house and continued to do so as she (with their help) built the business -


                                      1. re: Jeanne

                                        At the end of the day they would simply not be on TV if it were not for her.

                                        BTW...one does not need to read her bio to know all about her sons. She talks about their history each and every episodes. Then again given recent (non-Deen) events bios of FN personalities are not always whet they seem.

                                        1. re: Withnail42

                                          To be fair though, Paula wouldn't be on TV if it weren't for them. They were pretty instrumental in getting the Lady and Sons catering business off the ground, then launching the restaurant. If they hadn't help their mother get her businesses up and running, FoodTV never would have "discovered" her.

                                          1. re: mpjmph

                                            have you ever read her biography? yes, her sons helped her by delivering sandwiches -- but she made them, and had the drive to build a business for her little family from nothing and out of bad straits. i do not begrudge her success, nor theirs. she does go over the top, but that is a function of the food tv syndrome. she wasn't like that at the beginning, when her show started out.

                                            1. re: alkapal

                                              I haven't read her biography, but have seen multiple interviews and bio-shows. I think we're in agreement - her success is the result of a joint family effort, and I don't begrudge any of them. I was just trying to point out how inaccurate and unfair it is to portray the Deen boys moochers riding on their mother's coattails.

                                      2. re: Suzy Q

                                        I happen to like Paula Deen; not all of her recipes, but I think she is probably a genuinely nice person and a successful businesswoman.
                                        Her sons, accents, and 'sir' and 'ma'am', aside, aren't the sharpest pencils in the pack. Not just my opinion, the opinion of many others.
                                        You are entitled to your opinion, as am I.
                                        Jeez... this is just an online forum where people are free to express their thoughts on a topic. Do you get this turned on by every unimportant topic (and this is not a significant one) ? I hope not.

                                        1. re: mschow

                                          The one real beef I have with them, is that they seem to highlight 2 sweet dishes for every 1 savory dish they show. That adds up to a LOT of sweets!!! And while I know that the Deens are known for loving their sweets, I just wish they'd make up their minds and go one way or the other, or just call it a dessert show!!! LOL

                                    2. I just thought the original host of "Food Finds" seemed personable instead of a caricature. Just my thought...

                                      1. I find their opinions highly suspect. Caught the episode where they went to The Market Inn in DC. They raved about the crab cakes (they're pretty awful) and the atmosphere (men's club dank).


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                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                          Those boys are just good eaters, it's a pleasure to watch. Would I take their recommendations on anything? Nope.

                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                            Were those crab cakes sold mail order too? One of their shows has this quirky commercial side where everything presented is available through food tv's website. Maybe those are the best tasting frozen mail order crab cakes available through their site.

                                          2. They're both big bores, but at least not-Bobby is good looking.

                                            1. Maybe it's a guy thing but these boys make me lose my appetite...Syrupy, cloying, suck-up sweet...As soon as they start talking I don't hear a thing about food. They have "we're ridin' mommy's coat-tails for the money" written all over them. Not to be trusted.

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                                              1. re: pondrat

                                                i'm not crazy about them, but i think they've been working with mama running her resto for many, many years.

                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                  I think in her book she talks about how she somehow forced them in to working for her.

                                              2. Along with the "syrupy, cloying, suck-up sweet" thing that I think hits the nail on the head, I can only see them as salesmen pushing the 'here's how you get it at home' angle... Being a decent salesman myself...

                                                The whole point of the show--- which makes questionable all their ooooos, ahhhhhs, and 'that makes me wanna slap my mama! (SORRY MOM!s)"...

                                                Not for me..

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                                                1. re: Mild Bill

                                                  road tasted with the neelys has the same premise. but i enjoy their show. it is not destination tv, but they are growing on me. i like them personally (to the extent i like their personalities), i think they know good food, and they're funny -- esp. since they've toned down the innuendo.

                                                  the deen boys -- esp. the smaller one -- seems a little slow. is that fair? well, now i've said it.

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    I also think the Neely's have toned down their act. I was flipping channels the other night and came across them doing a BBQ tour of NC so I watched a bit. Second time in as many weeks where I enjoyed the show.

                                                  2. re: Mild Bill

                                                    I can certainly see why they would want to slap their mama.

                                                  3. What do they add to culinary culture or learning?

                                                    I understand her, as a mother trying to advance their futures, pushing them but I can't see that they have anything to offer.

                                                    1. Despite their appearence, The Dean Empire is EEEEEVVVVIIIL. Soon, they will all take over the world. That woman is freaking brilliant, the way she trademarked her kids and drew them into her Final Plan. And they're so cute! And she's so pretty!

                                                      (I really hope people know that this is being said in fun.)

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                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                        For me, there is a slight "ick factor" with the whole Mommy and sons concept of this series.; and since I am not actively seeking to up my blood sugar or cool whip intake level, not much on the show that interests me. "She, (they), ain't no Julia".

                                                        1. re: ospreycove

                                                          well, ospreycove, you at least have grouper and shrimp to fill up your food fun quotient! i don't watch the show either; it ain't my style of cooking. i don't learn anything from that show-- though it was interesting when they traveled around and talked to small producers of various specialty foods -- i did like to see the people they met, and how their food business was operated.

                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                            Alkapal...I have to admit I am a small producer/grower/farm/etc. fan. As you can see from my posts on other threads I am constantly seeking out "small time" cheesemakers, poultry/beef/pork/egg/and of course vegetable producers/farmers. Just this morning I visited a new addition to my list a goat farm that makes chevre, yogurt and milk. As you may know in Florida th\e problem all of these quality passionate producers have are the business killing state laws. So in many cases the labels on their production state :For pet food". To me that is a signal of some really good farmstead cheese, eggs, and other dairy products. Most beef/pork producers do no process themselves and use USDA inspected processing shops to slaughter and cut large animals. As far as chickens, ducks, guinea hens, etc. I rely on the grower to process the birds, oh rabbits too. I always like to see the operation and the equipment used by small operations, check for sanitation and organization, etc.
                                                            Hopefully with the growth of small farms/producers the state of Florida whill adapt its rules to accomadate the demand for local fresh natural foods.

                                                            1. re: ospreycove

                                                              Good grief, with all the disrespectful young men in the world and broken families and lack of respect for parents....I find them refreshing.

                                                              1. re: angelamonson

                                                                angelamonson....yes, but is that just a veneer for our t.v. consumption??? Just a thought

                                                                1. re: angelamonson

                                                                  Was your only other post really 5 years ago?

                                                                2. re: ospreycove

                                                                  ospreycove, that is interesting about how the small producers are having to label….

                                                                  do you think the legislature and governor might be willing to do a comprehensive regulatory reform to rationalize the current system? do small producers have an alliance of some sort among themselves to work on this? do they have any allies in the legislature who represent their districts with whom they could work?

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                    alkpal I am not deeply involved with the small producer ability to sell "For human consumption problem. All I know is that the subterfuge that is created by these restrictive regs. has driven quality/passionate/ caring stewards of the land into this ridiculous situation. As a matter of fact, tomorrow I am going to my fav cheesemaker; she e-mailed me today and said she has an aged Gouda style raw milk cheese for me to taste, while I pick up from her brother my order of freshly dressed chickens. I don't think it gets any better than that. The problem with promoting these producers is you always run the risk of some malcontent reporting the producer to the Fl Dept of Ag. for in effect selling their products as hman consumption and using the label of "For pet use" as a signal.
                                                                    Obviously the lobbyists for the food conglomerates are constantly trying to stamp out this type of competition; keeping their unhealthy, high stress, factory farms at full production levels. You have a choice between Chicken Broilers in small wire cages stacked on top of each other,(top battery is better than living at the bottom of 3 or 4 tiers, yeech) lights always on feed always there water laced wiith antibiotics, more ammonia in the stuffy hot air than any human can stand; or a pastured young meat chicken that is free roaming outside hunting for seeds, bugs, flowers and grass,Supplemented with natural grains, not chicken by-products, and put into a clean protected airy pen/house at night. Then processed and dressed in very humane conditions. WOW such a difficult choice!!!!!
                                                                    Sorry I got off on a rant, but big Ag holds all the cards today and the small farmer is at a realimposed disadvantage.

                                                                    1. re: ospreycove

                                                                      good points. and you're right about some malcontent mole!