Gina Neely


Some of you probably know Gina Neely as the FULL OF LIFE  celebrity chef on the Food Network’s Down Home with The Neely’s or Aspire TV’s Chop it up with Gina,  but  let me just tell ya, she is so much more than that.

She’s an entrepreneur, a reality television star, New York Times Bestselling Author, she’s made guest appearances on Dr. Oz,  Good Morning America  and so many more.

Gina Neely does ALL THE THINGS. She is the epitome of all that is STRONG, BLACK and WOMAN and I had so much fun recording this episode with her. It truly felt like sipping wine with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.

We laughed about the days of old, reminisced about parenting our children when they were younger, chatted it up about securing the bag WHILE taking care of yourself.

She told me about how she  fangirled out when she met Vanessa Williams.

She even gave me a sneak peek into TWO projects she has coming down the pipeline.

AND you know we threw a lil some, some in there about dating.

You name it…..it probably came up.


I can’t wait for you to get all this goodness in your life.

So………..what are you waiting for??? 


to hear Gina Neely talk about all things JUST GINA! 

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Gina is a motivational speaker, philanthropist, and mom, and her keys to success are her love for her family, food, and the enjoyment of life. She currently resides in Memphis, TN and has two daughters. Gina burst onto the scene in 2008 by starring in the hit show Down Home with the Neelys, which became the highest-rated series debut in the history of Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” block. The show immediately connected with viewers nation-wide by showcasing Gina’s love for family, food and the enjoyment of life.

Following the tremendous success of her television show, Gina released her first cookbook, Down Home with the Neelys, which quickly earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list. A hit show and a bestseller soon lead to Gina’s prime time television debut as the host of Food Network’s Road Tasted. Enjoying continuing success in television, 2011 proved to be a tremendous success for Gina with the release of a second book, The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook. Gina is currently authoring a book, entitled “These Are My Rules, This Is My Life and I Want It Back” to help women maneuver through life and begin again.

As a top rated television personality and best-selling author, Gina has performed live for thousands of fans all over the country, not only showcasing her skills and fun loving approach to cooking, but also sharing her perspectives on life, love, and the issues facing women in their personal and professional lives. Gina is a powerful and inspiring speaker who strives to meet the needs of those she encounters, empowering them to persevere and navigate through life.

Gina has appeared on and/or co-hosted international, national and local television and radio shows, including The Talk, The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Anderson Cooper Live!, The Monique Show, Good Morning America, the TODAY show, The Real Daytime Show, The View, The Chew, The Queen Latifah Show, Bethenny, Home & Family, The Arsenio Hall Show, Katie and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.

In print, Gina has been featured in People Magazine, O Magazine, Ebony, Essence, The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, USA Today, Sam’s Club, Food Network Magazine and Dr. Oz. which makes her no stranger to Daytime Television but quite the novice as she engages and motivates

Be sure to connect with her on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and TWITTER.

AND visit her online home HERE to check out her AMAZING candle line and stay in the loop about future events, appearances and engagements.




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