The Food Network has always been a place where newly discovered chefs and culinary talent can shine and gain recognition. This is never more evident than in the case of Pat and Gina Neely, a husband and wife cooking team from Memphis who own several restaurants specializing in BBQ and soul food. Pat and Gina’s cooking show, Down Home with the Neely’s, has become a staple on the network and one of it’s most popular shows. With down home food, sweetness in the kitchen, and a genuine love for food, Pat and Gina make my heart smile with their refreshing takes on food for the soul.
High school sweethearts, Pat and Gina first began their show on the Food Network in 2008. I began watching their show shortly after the premiere and fell in love with Gina, who could easily be a girlfriend of mine or a family member. Pat seems to be an old school Memphis charmer with a nice smile and a flair for whipping up some baby back ribs.
It is so wonderful to see a couple of color on television cooking and loving and doing so while having fun. Watching the two of them makes me want to jump in the car and visit Neely’s BBQ in Memphis, one of their restaurants known for excellent Memphis style barbeque and wonderful dishes down home style.
Check out Pat and Gina on The Food Network on Saturdays 11 am/10 central, Sundays 1 pm/ 12 central.
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