Who is the Barefoot Contessa?


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Ina Garten is a celebrity chef known as the Barefoot Contessa. Garten has her own show called "Barefoot Contessa" on the Food Network. She has several published cookbooks to her credit and contributes to several magazines, such as House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living.

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The name "Barefoot Contessa" came from the name of a specialty food store that Ina Garten purchased in 1978. She previously worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget and had no food experience. She owned and operated the store until 1996, when she sold it and wrote her first cookbook. Her cooking show on the Food Network started in 2002. Garten focuses on easy yet delicious recipes that home cooks can make on their own.

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