Butter-loving celebrity chef Paula Deen will be among the judges at the the next Miss USA pageant. The Donald Trump production, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, is May 16.
“Y’all I am so excited!” said Deen, who tweets just like she talks, in a recent Twitter post. “I’ll be in Las Vegas in about a week. I’m so looking forward to the pageant and to meeting all those great young women.”
Not to be confused with the far more chaste Miss America pageant, Miss USA is being promoted on a flashy Web site that says, “See you in Vegas, baby!” and features racy photos of the contestants wearing sultry come-hither looks and little else.
The Georgia contender, by the way, is Cassady Lance, 25, of Savannah. Like the other young lovelies she appears in a provocative pose clad in lacy lingerie.
From her photo, we are guessing Lance is probably not a regular at either The Lady and Sons, Deen’s meat-and-three palace in downtown Savannah, or Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, her brother’s temple to fried seafood on the road from Savannah to Tybee Island, where Deen lives. Seems like the effervescent Deen, who never met a morsel of food she couldn’t improve by dredging in flour, might have noticed that.
“I don’t think they are going to let me feed ‘em,” she tweeted, ”but just between you and me, a good meal wouldn’t kill ‘em.”
By the way, Deen made a surprise visit to Piedmont Park last night. A reception for Harrah’s Casino was going on and out steps Paula! (She runs restaurants at Harrah’s properties).
She was her trademark spunky self when asked if she had lost weight.
“No, I have not lost one pound. TV is cruel. They say it puts 10 pounds on you, but I’m hoping it’s more like 30. I can’t be that fat!”