Paula Deen will be back on the Celebrity Stage of the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show Sept. 21 and 22, when it returns to Dallas for its second year. The foodie exhibition at the Dallas Convention Center debuted here last year and attracted thousands of visitors during its two-day program of cooking demonstrations, tasting seminars and local chef presentations. The exhibition floor features approximately 100 vendors and exhibitors.
Joining the exuberant Paula for her presentations on Saturday and Sunday will be son Bobby Deen and husband, "Captain Michael." Metropolitan Cooking Show officials confirmed their intention to maintain their relationship with the raucous personality soon after she was dropped by the Food Channel in June, and she will headline at this year's shows in Houston again this year as well. Other Deen sponsors canceled contracts after allegations that she had used "inappropriate racial slurs." An ensuing court case was later dismissed.
Other personalities on the large stage Saturday or Sunday include Chefs Jason Roberts, Terry French and Brad Turner, known as the "Grill Sergeant." Wild Game Chef Uncle Millie and the cooking duo Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are also on the schedule. Additional presenters will will either take to the demonstration cooking stage, or be up close and personal with the crowd for limited-seating tasting and entertaining workshops. Several will also be available in the marketplace for photos and autographs during the weekend.
The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets are $24.50 and children's admission is 12.50 for the exhibit floor, the marketplace and the scheduled, open admission tasting and demonstration seminars held during the day. Admission to the Celebrity Theater presentations require an additional fee, and several options are available, including opportunities to meet and be photographed with Paula Deen. All-day passes to the Celebrity Theater are also available.