Although it seems there hasn’t been a time when Ree Drummond hasn’t appeared on Food Network, the red-haired celebrity chef was once a newbie on the channel. Before playing in The pioneer woman series for the cable channel, Drummond was once just a blogger, the mother of Alex, Bryce, Todd and Paige Drummond, and the ranch wife of Ladd Drummond. However, her celebrity status rose after beating this iconic Food Network chef in what she claimed was a “cut-throat” eating contest.
When did Ree Drummond start her Food Network career?
Ree Drummond’s first episode The pioneer woman aired Saturday, August 27, 2011.
Titled “Home on the Ranch”, Drummond talks about his life on his family ranch. She talks about her love for gardening and shows her home, including her dressing room, where her series is filmed. However, in these early episodes, Drummond’s family home was featured.
In this episode, Drummond prepares a fried chicken steak, mashed potatoes, homemade sauce and a salad of pickled tomatoes.
Since that very first episode, Drummond’s career on the channel has exploded. She filmed her 29th season of the show, wrote six cookbooks, and opened a hotel, candy store, pizza place, and The Mercantile in her hometown of Pawhuska, OK.
However, Drummond appeared on the Food Channel long before she became a household name and beat a celebrity chef in what she called a “cut-throat” food contest.
Drummond took on Bobby Flay in a knockdown in his dressing room
Bobby Flay is one of the Food Network’s longest serving personalities. He has served sixteen different series since 1994.
However, in November 2010, Flay faced then-unknown Ree Drummond in her dressing room for a Thanksgiving dinner contest.
Drummond wrote on her Pioneer Woman website: “Many of you may recall that I was on a Throwdown with Bobby Flay a few years ago. It was a loud and tumultuous experience marked by fierce competition and many tears, and it was truly a blast. And when it was all over, I slept for a month.
“I started by warning Bobby that if he ever won he had to arm wrestle the Marlboro Man. I can’t remember if he laughed or not,” she said in a post. separated on the event.
“One of my other first impressions with Bobby was almost taking him out with my knife. I gesture a lot when I’m talking. Sometimes I forget to put my knife down first,” Drummond joked.
Ree Drummond won against one of Food Network’s most famous personalities
Drummond shared that she wasn’t very nervous once the rollover started.
“It wasn’t because I was sure of myself or convinced that I would win the Throwdown. On the contrary, I knew I was going to lose. I just wanted Bobby Flay to come to the ranch and cook for me, and I thought that was probably the only way it would happen,” Drummond joked.
“Over the next few hours, I will be competing against Bobby Flay in a Thanksgiving cooking contest,” she continued. “I would lose all my sweaty body weight. After thinking about it for five days, I would put all the weight back on by eating Bobby Flay’s Thanksgiving meal because I was so sick of my own food.
“I was visiting friends and acquaintances who would show up to cheer me on, and enjoying the overall experience of having a surreal, amazing day with a guy known as Bobby Flay,” Drummond concluded.
In the end, Drummond won the contest and she never let Flay forget about it.
‘The Pioneer Woman’ star judged Flay on her ‘Throwdown’ series in 2019
Nine years ago, I (inexplicably) beat @bflay in a Thanksgiving-themed “Throwdown.” Tonight I’m on Beat Bobby Flay, where I’m really trying to encourage his demise (but I’m not very good at it because I love the guy so much.) So much fun! Food Network at 10 ET! pic.twitter.com/xdKaIW7l29
— Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman (@thepioneerwoman) September 5, 2019
In a sweet post from 2019, Drummond shared a still scene from Defeat Bobby Flay.
She posted a photo from the event with a caption where she made the following statement.
“Nine years ago, I (inexplicably) beat Bobby Flay in a Thanksgiving-themed ‘Throwdown’. Tonight, I’m on Defeat Bobby Flay, where I’m really trying to encourage his demise (but I’m not very good at it because I like the guy so much.) So much fun,” Drummond shared.
The pioneer woman airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. EST on the Food Network.
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