U.S. celebrity chefs Gina and Pat Neely have split after 20 years of marriage.

The former couple has presented a number of cooking shows on The Food Network, including Down Home With The Neelys, and co-wrote a recipe book.

They announced their plans to divorce on Friday (26Sep14).

A statement from the pair reads, "We are ending our marriage of 20 years for irreconcilable differences. This was a tough decision, but we believe it is the best decision for us.

"As parents of two beautiful adult daughters that we love dearly, we will continue to be involved in each other's lives as parents and friends. Together we have built a strong brand as The Neely's. Moving forward our focus will be on our individual brands and we are optimistic about our respective futures. We ask for your prayers as we go through this transition and honor our request for privacy at this time."