What It’s Really Like To Be The Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten’s Life Story

celebrity | 9/13/19

Barefoot Contessa is now in its 26th season and better than ever. People tune into the cooking and lifestyle show to get some recipe ideas, but they keep watching week after week because of Ina Garten’s unique ability to make you feel like you’re being wrapped in a warm cozy blanket.

Ina’s life seems to be too perfect. On any given Sunday she might just nip down to the farmer’s market, pick up some fresh herbs, and whip up a French dessert that none of us have heard of before. Her husband pops in to have a taste, and we’re all astounded by how simple the whole scene was to create. Is Ina’s life really that perfect, though? Keep reading to find out.

Ina Didn’t Want To Be On Camera

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Photo via The Food Network
Photo via The Food Network

Ina Garten became famous for writing cookbooks before she ever appeared on television. Food Network executives took notice of her success and approached her about hosting her own cooking show.

Ina rejected the offer several times. She didn’t think that she wanted to be the face of a Food Network show She only accepted the offer after Nigella Lawson’s production company came on board. After she signed the deal, Barefoot Contessa quickly became one of the highest-rated shows on Food Network.