Ree Drummond revealed her ‘Pioneer Woman’ producer’s ‘Barefoot Contessa’ expectations: ‘She Was Surely Picturing Ina’
Ree Drummond, the host of the popular Food Network cooking show Pioneer Woman, can’t be accused of not having her own distinct brand. Drummond lives and breathes a completely cowboy-themed, Oklahoma-based brand.
However, the chef wrote in her memoir Frontier Follies that when she first started her Food Network show, her producers seemed to want it to be like Ina Garten’s hit show Barefoot Contessa. They quickly realized they weren’t in Garten’s Hamptons.
Drummond had no idea she’d become famous so quickly.
It’s been ten years since the red-haired TV personality’s Pioneer Woman show first aired on television. Drummond’s Food Network show came about as a result of her early 2000s food and life blog, which attracted millions of readers.
Her blog began as a way for her to keep her mother and family up to date on her new life as a rancher’s wife, but it quickly grew in popularity – and caught the attention of the Food Network.
“It was the most incomprehensible turn of events that resulted in me, a regular gal with no formal culinary training, winding up with a cooking show on Food Network,” she wrote in her memoir. But life is a crazy roller coaster, and it happened in 2011, right or wrong, good or bad.”
Her production team is the same as Ina Garten’s, and it showed in their initial expectations.
She wrote, “The production company that films my show is mostly British.” They fly from London, England, to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, five times a year and spend three weeks on my turf, filming me in the kitchen and Ladd on the ranch.”
“The same company that films Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten’s well-loved Food Network series – a series, by the way, that’s filmed entirely in and…,” Drummond explained. This story is a short summary. Hope you enjoyed.