Ina Garten is an author and host from America. She is renowned for the hosting skills depicted in the Barefoot Contessa Food Network program. The most fascinating thing about her is that she taught herself cooking techniques with the help of New England and French cookbooks. She spent eighteen years making the store highly profitable before selling it off and taking up the pen to write her first cookbook. Varieties of other cookbooks and magazine columns then became successful. Her Food Network television program, meanwhile, also made its debut and became a success. She also offers a variety of items, from cooking ingredients to storage containers and equipment.

Ina Garten Bio

Ina was born into a Jewish family on February 2, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. Her nationality is American and her ethnicity is Caucasian. Florence Rosenberg is her mother’s name, and Charles H. Rosenberg is her father’s name. She has a brother named Ken Rosenberg. Her father, Her mother was a dietician and her father was a surgeon specializing in otolaryngology. The family settled in Stamford, where she grew up in Connecticut. Her mum urged her to concentrate further on her studies. In her studies, she performed well especially in science. In her later culinary career, this played a key role in the accurate calculation of all her ingredients as a mathematical equation.

Full nameIna Garten 
Date of birthFebruary 2, 1948
Age73 years old as of 2021
Birth signAquarius
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York
Residing townEast Hampton, New York
EducationSyracuse University/ George University/ Washington University
Marital StatusMarried
Social MediaInstagram/ Facebook/ Twitter
Net WorthApproximately $60 million
Ina Garten Career

In Washington, Ina earned her MBA from the University of Washington and entered the White House as a low-level government aide in 1974. Later, she became the budget analyst responsible for writing the budget for nuclear energy. She served in the administrations of Presidents Ford and Carter. Nevertheless, unhappy with her career, she resigned in 1978. Meanwhile, she got interested in flipping homes in the expensive neighborhood of Washington DC, along with her husband, and raised some funds.

A New York Times commercial for the sale of a West Hampton specialty food store fascinated her and she drove to Long Island to check it out with her friends. She soon bought a store which was named after the 1954 film, The Barefoot Contessa, starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. For the purchase made in 1978, the funds she had gathered earlier were used. She had no experience of running a company or working with staff. However, she learned a lot from the previous owner of the store, Diana Stratta, and used the knowledge to expand her company.

Over the next 18 years, Barefoot Contessa, under her leadership, expanded from a 400-square-foot store to a 3,000-sq.-ft. food emporium with 20 cooks and bakers as well as 25 more workers. The store changed its location to East Hampton from West. Bread, pastries, salads, dinners, and all sorts of cheeses, smoked salmon, caviar, and specialty groceries were sold in the shop. Ina Garten cooked herself initially, but employed people as the company became larger and demand increased. She made another big decision in 1996 and sold the store to her workers (although she remained the owner of the building itself) and took a short break. After a negotiation between Garten and the new owners failed to materialize, the store finally closed down in 2004.

Cookbook and TV shows

In the meantime, she built an office above the store and started writing her first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. The cookbook was finally published in 1999 and became a bestseller. She shares the recipes with her readers that transformed her store into such a great success. Via her website Barefoot Contessa, she also started offering her coffees and some other items for sale. There followed a few more cookbooks – Barefoot Contessa Parties! (2001) and Barefoot Contessa Family Style (2002), and great success was achieved again. The former was again nominated for the James Beard Awards in the Entertaining & Special Occasion Cookbooks category.

On TV, Ina Garten was first seen in the year 2000 on Martha Stewart’s show, From Martha’s Kitchen: Ina Garten’s Kitchen Clambake. The Food Network offered her to host her cookery show after the success of her cookbooks, which she rejected a number of times before eventually agreeing. This led to the start of her Barefoot Contessa show in 2002. The show, in which she shares recipes and hosting and decorating ideas for parties and picnics, has been enormously popular and continues to date. She founded Barefoot Contessa Pantry in 2006 with her business partner, Frank Newbold, in collaboration with Stonewall Kitchen.

Packaged cake mixes, marinades, sauces, and preserves made by Garten herself were sold in the pantry. Today, Barefoot Contessa provides a variety of items, including ingredients for cooking, cookware, storage containers, cookbooks, and equipment for cooking. These, as well as other outlets such as Sur La Table, Cassandra’s Kitchen, and Williams and Sonoma, can be purchased from Amazon. Ina has continued to write more cookbooks that have all been well received. She has also written columns for publications such as Martha Stewart Living, O, The Oprah Magazine, and House Beautiful, apart from writing cookbooks. She is also the author of a monthly Food Network Magazine column.

Ina Garten Awards and Success

The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Best Service Show category in 2005. In 2009, in the Best Culinary Program and Best Culinary Host categories, the show and Garten were once again nominated for the Daytime Emmy. In the latter category, Garten won her first Emmy award.

Ina Garten has been the winner of the Daytime Emmy Awards three times. For her Barefoot Contessa show, she bagged the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host. For two years in succession, 2014 and 2015, for her hit show, Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, she received the Outstanding Personality/Host award from the James Beard Foundation. In 2017, she received an outstanding Culinary Host award for the Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.

Ina Garten Controversies/ Rumors/ Scandals

Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook has been criticized by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: How easy Is That? For its use of High-fat, high-calorie, and high-cholesterol meat and dairy ingredients. In response, Eric Felten of The Wall Street Journal called the report “an assault on cookbooks that dare to venture beyond lentils.”

Ina Garten Social media

Ina is active on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She has more than 1.74 million Facebook followers, 203.4k Twitter followers, and 3 million Instagram followers. She joined Twitter in January 2012. 

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Ina Garten Relationship

In 1963, at the age of 15, while paying a visit to her brother at Dartmouth College, Ina Garten met her husband, Jeffrey Garten. The couple married five years later. They decided not to have kids. Jeffrey Garten is a Yale School of Management professor who regularly makes an appearance on the show of his wife. Ina lives in her home in East Hampton and has a barn next to it that serves as her office, test kitchen, and television studio where her show is filmed.

Ina Garten Net Worth

In 2016, she paid $4.6 million for their NYC apartment on the Upper East Side. Her home in East Hampton sits nearly 40,000 square-feet. her East Hampton home is worth at least $10 million. She has an estimated net worth of around 60 million as of 2020.

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