‘Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond – The 1 Chef She Would Love to Cook With
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman on Food Network, is a huge fan-favorite. She began her blog with the same name in 2006, got her own cooking show on Food Network in 2011 and her life has never been the same. The Pioneer Woman brand has mushroomed into an empire, to now include a Pioneer Woman magazine, kitchenware, appliances, frozen meals, and even dog food carrying Drummond’s name and image on the labels.
Drummond and her family also opened The Pioneer Woman Mercantile for shoppers and The Pioneer Woman Boarding House, an 8-room ‘cowboy luxury’ hotel right in her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The success of all these ventures proves how adoring her fans are.
With all this at her fingertips, one would think Drummond would not want for anything else. But, as she shared recently, there is one more thing: Drummond would love to cook one day with Ina Garten, her fellow Food Network celebrity chef on The Barefoot Contessa.
Here’s what we know.
Drummond wants to get in the kitchen with ‘The Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten
Drummond hasn’t been shy about her desire to cook with her culinary role model. “If I had to pick one, it would be tough,” Drummond told Fox News when asked who she would most want to cook with. “But, my longtime love is Ina Garten. I’ve loved her since she started her show.”
Drummond will need to get in line. Ina Garten has a tremendous celebrity following including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Garner, Katie Couric, Gwyneth Paltrow, and even Meghan Markle.
Garten teased about Markle that, if it hadn’t been for her Perfect Roast Chicken recipe, the royal wedding between Markle and Prince Harry would never have taken place.
She told People in 2018, “It’s a roast chicken. Isn’t that a wonderful story? How powerful is that? I thought it was so great because it shows that everyone is happy to have something simple and really good. It’s nourishing and I love that they were cooking it together. It wasn’t some fancy meal. He did it over a home-cooked meal and a simple roast chicken, which is frankly what everybody wants.”
Garten’s career path mirrors Drummond’s
Like Drummond, Garten also got started through grit and hard work. She began in 1978 when she left her analyst job in Washington, DC to purchase The Barefoot Contessa specialty store.
She told Today in 2018, “I felt if the store was fun and it felt like a party, and there was music cranked up, and there were samples of things to taste, and somebody was happy to see you, that people would be drawn to it. And I think that really worked.”
She decided to embark on another venture by selling the business bearing her nickname and self-publishing “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,” a bestseller.
The cookbook brought her to the attention of the Food Network, where her Barefoot Contessa show has now been running 17 years.
Drummond embraced Garten’s style of cooking
Like Garten, Drummond doesn’t feel the need to be a perfectionistic in the kitchen, which is what makes both women so relatable to their fans.
“Just throw this in and throw that in and you don’t have to be so precise all the time. Just make it. Enjoy what you’re doing and love the people you’re making it for.”
Who knows? Maybe The Pioneer Woman will have Barefoot Contessa on her show for the ultimate celebrity chef collaboration.