Gina Neely is a famous American restaurateur, best known for her work on the Food Network. She came to lime light after she hosted the Food Network television program and Road Tasted with the Neelys, along with her husband Pat Neely. Also, the duo has co-written a cook book, Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook. They are the owner of Neely’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
Early Life and Career of Gina Neely
Gina Neely was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up with her sibling sister, Ronald Pleas. She attended high school with her future husband Pat Neely in the late 1980s.
She started her career along with her husband, Pat Neely, as a restaurateur in Neely’s Bar-B-Que. Once the couple was featured in Paula Deen’s sons Bobby and Jamie Deen's show, Road Tasted. The brothers were impressed with their cuisine and requested their mother, Paula to visit the restaurant.
During the summer of 2006, Paula ate at the restaurant and she too was impressed. Hence, Paula invited the pair to Paul’s Party, in January 2007. Soon the couple took over the Road Tasted show from the Deen brothers and named Road Tasted with the Neelys and started hosting the show in July 2008.
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The couple also wrote a book named Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook, which was co-written by Paul Disbrowe with the forward written by Paul Deen. Later, the book was released in May 2009 and published by Knopf, a New York publishing house.
Through the show, the couple came to lime light and appeared in different reality shows as a guest.
Gina Neely Personal Life
Talking about Gina’s personal life, she was a married woman. She has kept her first marriage behind the curtains. From her first husband, she has a daughter, Spenser, born in 1989.
After the divorce, she married Pat Neely after re-connecting at their 10 years high school reunion in 1994. Pat was his boyfriend while in high school.
Together, the couple has a daughter, Shelbi Neely, born in 1995. After living together for more than 20 years, the couple divorced in 2014 citing irreconcilable differences. Currently, she is single.
Gina Neely Net Worth
Gina along with her former husband Pat has a huge brand in the Food Network and has built a huge empire through the show Down Home with the Neely’s. She has successfully collected an estimated net worth of $2 million.