News & Opinion | July 24, 2018 5:00 am

Paula Deen’s Husband Wins Hemingway Lookalike Contest

This was his ninth attempt.

michael groover
Michael Groover and chef Paula Deen in New York City. (Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Evine)
Timothy Hiatt

Finally, after nine tries, the husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen has won the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, an event held annually in Key West, where the writer lived and worked in the 1930s. Michael Groover, a harbor pilot from Savannah, won the contest held Saturday at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where Hemingway was often found relaxing with friends. The contest was held on the 119th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth and is a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days celebration. Dean was there to celebrate the victory of her 62-year-old husband.

The contest is judged by former winners and this year’s competition had 151 entrants. On Saturday, Groover said he shares Hemingway’s love of fishing and hunting.