The Delicious Life Of Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa

What’s not to love about The Food Network’s long-running show, Barefoot Contessa? Now in its 26th season, the series made Ina Garten a household name… only, she was already a star before the show even aired.

Despite having no formal training in the food industry, Garten has managed to become one of the most popular female chefs in the culinary world. Join us as we take a look at the life of Garten. It’s certainly been a wild ride full of laughter, luck and a sprinkling of celebrity.

She Didn’t Want To Be On TV

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Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images
Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

These days, Garten is one of the best-known TV chefs, but there was a time when it wasn’t going to happen. Food Network executives were keen to capitalize on the success of Garten’s cookbooks and approached her several times, asking her to host her own show.

Eventually, after rejecting the network’s advances many times, a deal was made for a 13-episode season. Garten only agreed to the idea when the same production company Nigella Lawson used came on board. Garten’s warm and friendly manner, alongside the home-spun nature of the show, won her an instant following. Barefoot Contessa became an Emmy-award winning series that is now the longest-running culinary show on The Food Network.