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`Big Bad Budget Battle` photo courtesy of Food Network
"Big Bad Budget Battle" photo courtesy of Food Network

Real budgets, big flavors: Ree Drummond hosts new competition series 'Big Bad Budget Battle'


Fri, Jul 1st 2022 10:10 pm

New series premieres Tuesday, Aug. 9

This summer, Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman,” celebrates crafty cooking and smart-shopping on the new primetime competition series “Big Bad Budget Battle,” premiering on Food Network on Tuesday, Aug. 9 (10 p.m. ET/PT), and streaming same day on discovery+.

In each of the six hour-long episodes, three talented home cooks – with a knack for transforming every day affordable ingredients into mouthwatering meals – will be challenged to shop on a budget in the ultimate grocery store: Flavortown Market. With only a small stash of cash, they must buy all the ingredients needed to make the best inexpensive and delicious dish they can. Only the best cook and thriftiest shopper will take home the trophy and a whole year’s worth of groceries.

“I can’t wait for viewers to see these awesome home cooks in action, both with their creativity in the kitchen and their budget-shopping skills – they are truly something to behold!” Ree said. “As a home cook myself, I’m impressed by their resourcefulness and ingenuity as they plan, shop and prepare their incredible dishes.”

In each episode, the home cooks must save money, time and headaches in the kitchen to create next-level meals. From dishes made only from pantry items to reimagined leftovers, their cooking abilities will be tested in two rounds of relatable challenges. They need to pinch pennies so they don’t blow their budget, make thrifty and delicious brunches and elevated one-pot dinner party meals. 

Ree, along with a panel of rotating judges (including Darnell Ferguson, Eddie Jackson, Beau MacMillan, Catherine McCord, Damaris Phillips and Justin Warner), will decide the winner. In the end, the best cook and savviest saver will take home the trophy and one year’s worth of groceries.

“Each week, fans tune in to see what Ree is cooking up on ‘The Pioneer Woman’ – they love her warmth, down-to-earth style, easy relatability and wry sense of humor that makes everyone want to pull up a chair in her kitchen. These same qualities make her the perfect host to oversee this fast-paced culinary competition that takes a page from real-world conundrums like grocery shopping on a budget and finding cost effective ingredients to make incredible meals. ‘Big Bad Budget Battle’ is action-packed and full of tips and takeaways for viewers to incorporate at home,” said Jane Latman, president, home and food content and streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery.

Fans can get Ree’s top tips and recipes for saving time and money at FoodNetwork.com/BigBadBudgetBattle. Follow the competition on social media using #BigBadBudgetBattle and share favorite budget-friendly dishes.

“Big Bad Budget Battle” is executive produced by Guy Fieri from his production company, Knuckle Sandwich, and Lando Entertainment for Food Network and discovery+.

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