Deen Talks Weight Loss ... at Fried Chicken Brunch What else would you expect from Paula Deen? By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Feb 28, 2012 8:53 AM CST 8 comments Comments In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri) (Newser) – As her fans were served fried chicken and waffles, jambalaya, and strawberry margarita mousse at a Sunday brunch at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, host Paula Deen proudly told People that she has dropped two pant sizes. "I feel great!" says the diabetic celebrity chef, who now eats portions half the size of what she used to, and walks 30 minutes a day. "We don't own a scale in our house," Deen told fans at the brunch. "Every six months I go for a physical and find out. Now it's time to see the doctor. She'll be so happy if I've lost weight. ... It's amazing how good getting up and moving makes you feel."