This next tribute is to the most entertaining TV Chefs, Pat and Gina Neely. Both chefs got their starts the way most southern chefs do. And that’s by being in the kitchen with their mothers and grandmothers; and most of their knowledge about cooking has been passed down from generation to generation. (That I can relate to).
Pat started by working in his uncle’s BBQ restaurant and eventually opened his own restaurant by age 23. With Gina by his side- the restaurant, Neely’s BBQ would be very successful allowing them to open other locations all over the united states. Being from Nashville myself, I basically grew up on BBQ and I’ve eaten at their Nashville location plenty of times and can speak from experience to the finger licking good amazing-ness that comes from their kitchen!
In addition to owning several restaurants, they also became the hosts of their own cooking show on the Food Network channel called “Down Home with the Neely’s”. There is where I fell in love with them as people and their culinary vision. They were all about big, bold flavors and most importantly BBQ. Gina added delicacy to the show and showed us how to open our minds as a community to things that are different (food wise) and she’s a genius by introducing new ingredients in a way that would make them seem familiar to their core audience.
Other endeavors include another TV show “Road Tasted with the Neely’s”, they serve on multiple culinary boards and associations. As well as written cook books and even appeared on an episode of wife swap. I am sure there is more to come from these two.
Please be sure to try Gina’s Homemade Lemonade a true southern classic drink:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 gallon cold water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, sliced, plus 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for garnish ice
Make a simple syrup by adding the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Add a gallon of cold water and the lemon juice to a large glass pitcher. Add the simple syrup and the lemon slices. Stir well. Pour the lemonade into tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish the rims with lemon wedges and enjoy icy cold!