Who Is Ree Drummond?
Ree Drummond is a blogger, photographer and celebrity chef who first grew a fanbase around her award-winning blog, The Pioneer Woman, which she launched in 2006. In her blog she shared what family life was like living on an Oklahoma ranch, and soon after began posting recipes with sophisticated food photography in tow. After penning a couple of books on her personal life and her love for food, her millions of loyal readers followed her to the Food Network in 2011 when she launched her successful television series, The Pioneer Woman.
Drummond was born on January 6, 1969 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as Anne Marie Smith. ("Ree" was her childhood nickname.) After graduating high school, Drummond moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California where she majored in gerontology. Although she was originally set to move to Chicago to pursue her law degree, she dropped her plans and moved back to Oklahoma after meeting and falling in love with her husband-to-be, Ladd Drummond.
Husband and Family
Drummond married prominent fourth-generation Oklahoma cattle rancher Ladd in 1996. She often refers to Ladd as "the Marlboro Man."
"He was just completely different than all the boys I'd been crazy about," Drummond told People in 2017. "I don't mean to make it sound like Maria and Tony in West Side Story, but I was just sort of like 'Oh boy!' My knees were weak."
The couple has four children together: Alex, Paige, Bryce and Todd.
Owning over 430,000 acres of land, the Drummonds are ranked as one of the top 25 largest landowners in America.
In November 2020, Drummond revealed that the family welcomed foster son, Jamar, a year and a half prior.
In 2006 Drummond launched her blog ThePioneerWoman.com, which detailed her life living as a cattle rancher's wife and homeschooling her children in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. As she added a variety of content to her blog — including a food section filled with recipes — her fanbase grew. By 2011 Drummond was attracting over 20 million page views per month, leading her to book deals and her first televised appearance on the Throwdown! With Bobby Flay in 2010, where she beat the celebrity chef in a cooking contest.
'The Pioneer Woman'
Drummond's cooking show, The Pioneer Woman premiered in 2011. In addition to showing off Drummond's accessible recipes, viewers get insight to life on a cattle ranch.
Drummond has authored a variety of books, among them are: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels (2007), The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl (2009), The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier (2012), The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations (2013) and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating (2019).
In 2010 Drummond sold the film rights to her blog series-turned memoir, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, and it was reported that Columbia Pictures was offering Reese Witherspoon the role to play Drummond.
Mercantile and The Boarding House
As part of her ever-expanding brand, the celebrity chef opened a two-level restaurant, retail store and bakery called the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma in 2016. The 25,000 square-foot building, which the Drummonds purchased and renovated starting in 2012, serves as a marketplace for an average of 6,000 people per day.
The Drummonds' love for building renovation and growing their business haven't stopped there. The family built a three-story, eight-room hotel right down the street from the Mercantile called The Boarding House.
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