Why Did Ina Garten Divorce Her Husband?

Jeffrey and Ina Garten are still married as of 2015. The couple married in December, 1968, when Ina was 20 and Jeffrey was 22. Garten’s Food Network show “Barefoot Contessa” has been on the air for 13 years.

Ina Garten named her show after the East Hampton food retail business she purchased in 1978. The previous owners borrowed the name from the title of a 1954 movie starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. Garten operated the store until 1996 when she sold it to two employees. The business closed in 2003.

Prior to her stint in food retail, Garten worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget. While there, she helped to draft nuclear energy budgets under Presidents Ford and Carter. After the Barefoot Contessa store closed in 2003, Garten built an office upstairs from the store and began working on her first cookbook, “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.”

Six more cookbooks followed, including “Barefoot Contessa Parties,” “Barefoot Contessa Family Style,” “Barefoot in Paris,” “Barefoot Contessa at Home” and “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.” Garten is a two-time winner of the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast and Journalism Award for Outstanding Personality/Host for her series “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.”

Jeffrey Garten is the Yale School of Management’s Dean Emeritus. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is the chairman of Garten Rothkopf, a consulting firm that helps corporations and other institutions with long-term global strategies.