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Jul 17, 2013 10:48 AM

Millionaire Celebrity Chefs

Last night my wife and I were watching a rerun of "The Pioneer Woman". In this episode Ree Drummond was home schooling her kids and fixing them lunch.

This started a discussion about the reality of these shows. My wife thinks that Ree still home schools the kids and fixes dinner for her troop and the ranch hands every night. She also thinks that Ina Garten still roasts a chicken for Jeffrey every Friday night and Rachel makes 30 minute meals for John on most weeknights. I seriously doubt that these and the other millionaire celebrity chefs even set foot in their home kitchens more than once a month if that frequently. What do you chowhounds think?

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  1. I think they do because it's what they love to do. That's why they're chefs. I don't think they sought it as a profession so they could stop cooking in real life.

    Folks who care about food that much tend to want to make it their way.

    1. I agree with mcf.

      I think they might be in their kitchens more than I am since they (probably) film a bunch of episodes and then have time off to create new ones. So I see cooking as their vocation and their avocation.

      1. I think Ina and Ree still spend time in the kitchen but I honestly don't know where RR would find the time - she's a busy gal!

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        1. re: miss_belle

          She's also not a chef, says so herself.

          She's a home cook who makes 30 minute meals.

          1. re: mcf

            You mean 30 minute meals that take at least an hour to prepare.

            1. re: miss_belle

              what? you dont have someone come set your Mise-en place for you so you can just pump put that three pot meal?

              1. re: girloftheworld

                And start with raw onions in the fry pan - cut to commercial - back to the fry pan and the onions are perfectly caramelized. Sure... this is in real time and no swap outs.


                They have been claiming her cooking is in real time and no swap outs since day one.

                Bull hockey.

              2. re: miss_belle

                I wouldn't know; I think her food is gross.

                But again, she's not a chef, makes no claim to it.

                I like her, just not her food or show persona.

                1. re: miss_belle

                  And several hours to clean up after!!!

            2. They film in a "season" in eight weeks. Giada and Bobby use a rented house. Ree uses the "ranch house" which is part of her actual ranch where she use to give cooking classes and parties.. Ree I think realllly is who she appears to be on TV . I dont think Giada eats at all herself but is does cook for her husband and child...I see Rachel hitting the pubs for a beer and burger before going home to her hubby and dog and Ina and jeffery cooking together...the one I see cooking the most for fun is Alex G.

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              1. re: girloftheworld

                They built the Lodge specifically for making a TV show, but she said they use it for family gatherings and stuff like that as well because they have a large extended family.

                1. re: girloftheworld

                  Alex and fun? The two don't seem to go together!!

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    If you catch Alex G's first IC appearance, or her Cooking Loft show, she can be shown to have fun. Heck the Chopped After Hours shows show her as a bit more lively than regularly. I say all that because she does seem to have devolved into a dour Ina steez, and that's not good for anyone.

                    1. re: ennuisans

                      I've never seen the Chopped After Hours. I'll have to DVR it. BTW, what is Ina steez?

                      1. re: ennuisans

                        Is that show one of those you have to watch on line?

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          Yes, After Hours is the online show where the judges cook the boxes. And presumably drink a lot.

                          By Ina steez (style) I mean AG's solo cooking show seems to emulate Ina quite a bit (although dour is a bad word choice; that whole comment was full of bad word choices now that I look at it). Not dour but reserved, methodical.

                          1. re: ennuisans

                            Thanks. Yes, I see your point about Alex's solo show. It's like she's holding herself back. Agreed, I did like her better on Next Iron Chef. I'll check out the online show.

                      2. re: wincountrygirl

                        what? I looove ALex! her sarcastic sense of humour.her passion for cooking...she is adorkable! if I had to be room mates with any chef I would choose her. I bet she would do pranks.

                    2. I think Ree still cooks. She posts a one or two recipes on her blog every week. She also blogs about their every day life, and it seems pretty normal. She doesn't seem to travel or make appearances all that often unless she has a new book out. She went to a blogger convention recently but otherwise it seems she stays home. Besides she lives way out in the middle of nowhere so who else would do the cooking way out there?

                      I doubt Ina cooks every night, and Rachael definitely doesn't.