Paula Deen is making her future a family affair. The “queen of Southern Cuisine” exclusively reveals to Closer that her new network and show are “all about family.”

And when her biannual Caribbean cruise leaves Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on July 19, “three of my grandchildren will be joining me!” she enthuses.

“My sons Bobby and Jamie will be on the cruise with their wives — they are so excited. I can’t wait to cook with them and play the Deen Family Olympics!”

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Paula with sons Jamie and Bobby in February

She’ll also keep her relatives cooking when the digital Paula Deen Network launches in September.

“Bobby, Jamie and my husband, Michael, will join me. I’m also going to invite other family members, including Aunt Peggy, and a bunch of my friends” (For more info, go to

And Paula, 67, who’s now on a national tour and just opened a store in Gatlinburg, Tenn., is bringing her fans closer than ever.

“We are going to have a live studio audience,” she shares. “It is all about my fans and what they want!”