- 27 Seasons
The Barefoot Contessa is a cooking show on the Food Network. She is a cook who teaches people at home to cook like the pros. She tapes the show in the Hamptons and has the experience that people long for when looking to cook. While she was working in the White House in 1978, the Barefoot Contessa discovered a small store in the Hampton's for sale. Once she discovered the store, her and her husband went to Long Island to see what exactly the store had to offer. Once there, she found herself to be the happy owner two months later. This is when the Barefoot Contessa was started. More than 20 years later, the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten found herself the owner of a food emporium that is more than 3,000 square feet. It is here that you will come across twenty or more cooks and bakers who will prepare the food while others work inside of the store to help the thousands of people who come to the store monthly to select breads, dinners or baked goods and salads to take home. In 1996, the Barefoot Contessa sold her store to the employees and moved on to bigger and better things. The Barefoot Contessa went on to write a cookbook or two and then was asked to start her own show. Currently on the show you can learn to cook and prepare massive dinner parties with just the simplest of items while allowing your guests to believe that they have had a dinner that took days and weeks to prepare. Not only will you learn how to cook and prepare dinners but also the sweet stuff. French chocolate bark is one of the items that is used for the show along with a smoked salmon with herb cream cheese bagels. The foods that are prepared and used are foods that you would have never thought of mixing before or that you have had in your home at one point and never thought of trying to put together to make a meal. With the right methods of cooking and baking, you will be surprised at all the new things you can try. All from watching the Barefoot Contessa at home while in your own kitchen.