When Joanna Gaines first stepped on the small screen with her husband Chip Gaines, no one could have imagined she was starting her own cooking show. Almost a decade forward, and Gaines is now on season three of their show.
However, when Gaines considered doing a food-focused series, she refused to let a camera crew into her house. And she’s not the only one – there are actually a handful of celebrity chefs filming their cooking shows in places that look like home but aren’t.
Joanna Gaines with her husband Chip Gaines in 2018 | Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank
Chip and Joanna Gaines turned an old flour mill into a TV show kitchen because Joanna refused to film at home
When Chip and Joanna quit Fixer Upper in 2018, they took time off to focus on their family and marriage. Still, the wheels were spinning on their minds about what their next potential business venture might be. And at first the two thought about setting up a bed & breakfast.
Chip and Joanna came across an old grain mill from the 19th century and loved what they saw: potential. The two originally wanted to turn it into a bed and breakfast, but then Joanna, who has honed her cooking skills over the years, decided it could better serve as a setting for a potential cooking show.
Gaines knew she didn’t want to film the show in her home kitchen. Chip and Joanna have always valued the family and placed great emphasis on raising their children as normally as possible. According to Food Network, Joanna didn’t want to shoot the show in her home because she felt it would disrupt her family’s daily life.
Plus, filming the show in a studio versus a kitchen at home would mean Joanna could customize the kitchen to suit her television needs. This also meant that the film crew could more easily control production, lights and sound, as they didn’t have to navigate in a real home. Ultimately, Joanna got the idea, and the flour mill went from being the home of a bed and breakfast to the home of Magnolia Table, which is now on season three of Discovery + and Magnolia Network.
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Celebrity chefs Ina Garten and Ree Drummond do not film their shows at home either
Joanna Gaines isn’t the only celebrity filming anywhere other than her home. While some celebrity chefs, including Trisha Yearwood and Guy Fieri, film their shows at home, there are a few others who don’t.
Ina Garten used to shoot her show at home, but the chaos that resulted from the shooting was too much for her and her husband. She once joked that if she didn’t start filming elsewhere, Jeffrey would divorce her. Now Garten is filming her show in a separate building on her property.
Food Networks star The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, also films on her property, but not her home. Drummond is filming the show at her lodge, which allows her to separate her work from her personal life. Drummonds Lodge has become a popular place for them to throw parties, and with so many young kids running around when we started filming in 2011, there was no point filming in their home.