In the kitchen of Jackson's top restaurants, Nick Wallace is a rarity.
Wallace is one of the few blacks to serve as an executive chef. He's head of the cook staff at the King Edward hotel restaurant on Capitol Street. Wallace reaches out to the local community with a vegetable and herb garden that other downtown chefs can freely pick from.
Wallace says he's been watching celebrity chef Paula Deen's popular TV show for years.
"She's always been somebody that you want to watch, cause entertaining to watch."
In a damaging revelation, Deen has admitted to using racial epithets. In a discrimination lawsuit deposition, Deen says she likely used "the n-word" back in the 80s when she was held at gunpoint in the Georgia bank where she worked.
Dean also reportedly said she imagined having blacks serve as slaves at a wedding party she was planning.
Wallace, who says he's personally faced racism as a minority chef is disappointed, but not surprised to hear about Deen's racist remarks about blacks.
"…If it's in you, it's in you it's eventually going to come out any way," he said.
Some reports say Deen has apologized for the remarks.
Wallace believes long term, the controversy could hurt Deen's reputation.
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