INA Garten looked UNRECOGNIZABLE in a souvenir photo from her wedding 54 years ago.
See the Barefoot Contessa’s transformation alongside her longtime husband, Jeffrey Garten.
Ina, 74, looked stunning in a simple, short-sleeved white dress, matching veil and long brunette hair in a black-and-white photo from her 1968 wedding.
The happy couple both wore big smiles as they cut their extravagant wedding cake, which had three tiers adorned with bells and flowers.
Ina shared the photo in 2020, writing in her Instagram caption at the time: “Fifty-two years and still so much fun! You gave me a life I could never have dreamed of. Happy anniversary my dear.”
The celebrity chef finished her caption with a light roast over dessert, asking, “(What’s up with this cake??)”
Ina was just 20 when she said yes, while Jeffrey was 22.
The wedding took place at her parents’ home in Connecticut.
The famous chef opened up about her well-preserved marriage to Page Six on Wednesday.
“He’s pretty fabulous,” she said. “He’s simple, he’s extraordinary. He’s positive and supportive and happy and smart and has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known.
He’s adorable. So I was really lucky.”
Jeffrey, Dean Emeritus of the Yale School of Management, was a major influence on Ina’s palette.
After Jeffrey’s military service, per Page Six, they spent a four-month camping trip in France that ignited her love of French cuisine.
She then began working in the White House, “writing nuclear energy budgets and policy briefs for Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter,” Page Six.
In 1978, Ina left politics and opened a grocery store in Westhampton Beach called Barefoot Contessa.
The Food Network star released her first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, on April 28, 1999.
More than 20 years later, she is a six-time Emmy winner and 10-time nominee.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ina has amassed a $60 million wealth from many more cookbooks and her long-running TV show.
During an interview with PEOPLE in 2017, Ina described marrying US Army veteran Jeffrey as “a very contemporary rock cliff in the woods.”
“It started snowing in the middle of the ceremony.
“It was beautiful and romantic, but by the end of the party the poor guys parking cars had to dig everyone up!”
Her transformation also comes as she serves up a new show: Be My Guest with Ina Garten.
It will premiere on March 23 on Food Network and Discovery+ – it will also be released as a podcast.
The guest list includes Julianna Margulies, Willie Geist and director Rob Marshall – and takes place at their home in East Hampton.
“It was so much fun filming. Really fabulous,” she told Page Six.
FEUD WITH MARTHA STEWART
Ina got into a feud with Martha Stewart in 2020.
After Reese Witherspoon posted an Instagram video about how she was “coping” with the COVID pandemic, the chef jokingly reiterated that her trick was to drink “greater cosmos.”
She commented: “To quote Reese Witherspoon, that sounds great but I probably don’t do any of those things! lol!”
The chef then added her recipe to enjoy the long pandemic days, which included, in her words, “Drink more big cosmos, stay up late and watch addictive streaming series” and “Spend more time with.” people you love.”
Martha took objections and shortly after told People, “I don’t agree with having a drink to deal with things like the pandemic.”
“It’s not charming to me.”
“For me, it means continuing to work very hard, being as productive as possible, and enjoying my grandkids,” Martha told People.
Ina has no children as she once told The Cut it was “the choice I made”.
The barefoot Contessa slammed Martha on Page Six on Wednesday for “recommending drinking her wine instead” in the former convict’s dodgy earlier response.
“I did not quite understand. I must have missed something, right? … It doesn’t matter”, Ina thought about the spit.
“I AM NOT A COMFORTABLE COOK”
According to Page Six, while Jeffrey “loves” his wife’s kitchen, someone less sure of her abilities is Ina herself.
“I’m not a comfortable cook,” the Food Network personality added to the outlet.
“Cooking is very difficult for me.
“When I make dinner for four, I ask myself, ‘How is this going to happen?’ I’m really. I’m really not a confident chef.”
Since she’s never been a professional chef, she added that she’s never had to do it “over and over again.”
“You have to adapt along the way. I just find it difficult.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/celebrities/18048237/ina-garten-transformation-husband-jeffrey-be-my-guest/ Barefoot Contessa chef Ina Garten looks unrecognizable in a throwback photo from her wedding 54 years ago