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Celeb chef Paula Deen got quite a scare Monday morning when she was smacked in the face with a piece of ham at a charity event in Atlanta.

Deen, 62, was helping unload a truck load of hams at Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless to make a Thanksgiving donation on behalf of Smithfield Foods when someone playfully threw a ham.

It missed the storage bucket and ended up hitting the Food Network star on the head and nose, her rep tells

Deen was "startled at first, but quickly regained focus and kept her humor," says her rep.

Adds the rep, "She's okay now and is icing her face."

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Deen later laughed off the mishap, telling local station WXIA-TV that the ham "hit me full long in the face and 'bout knocked me cuckoo, but I'm fine."