Ina Garten Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 04 Sep, 2017
Facts of Ina Garten
Date of Birth: 1984 , February-2
Age: 37 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Ina Garten
Birth Name Ina Rosenberg Garten
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn
Ethnicity White
Profession Author
Net Worth $ 50 million
Married Yes
Married to Jeffrey Garten (m. 1968)
TV Show Barefoot Contessa, Barefoot Contessa - Back To Basics
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Ina Garten is an American author and host of the Food Network program, Barefoot Contessa and a former staff member of the White House Office Management and Budget.

Early life and education

Ina Garten was born on 2nd Feb 1984 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. She was born in a Jewish family and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. Garten was one of two children born to Florence and Charles H.Rosenberg, a surgeon specializing in otolaryngology.

Ina Garten is white in ethnicity and holds an American nationality.

Garten enrolled to excel school, she showed an aptitude for science, also she uses that scientific mindset while experimenting with recipes. Ina described her father as a lively individual with many peers and has commented that she shares more characteristics with him than her mother.

At her age of fifteen, Garten met her future husband, Jeffrey Garten, on a trip to visit her brother at Dartmouth College. After completing her high school, Ina attended Syracuse University but postponed her educational pursuit to marry.


In Washington, Ina Garten worked in the White House and took a business course at George Washington University, earning an MBA, while her husband worked in the State Department and completed his graduate studies.

Ina was originally employed as a low-level government aide and climbed the political ladder to the Office of Management and Budget. She was assigned the position of budget analyst, which entailed writing the nuclear energy and policy papers on nuclear centrifuge plants for Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

In 1978, Garten left her government job after spotting an advertisement for a 400-square-foot specialty food store called Barefoot Contessa in Westhampton Beach, New York.

Ina made a hasty decision to purchase the store after traveling to view it and moved to New York to take its ownership and management. The store was named by its original owner in tribute to the 1954 film portraying as Ava Gardner.

Ina also established herself with her cookbooks and appearances on Stewart's show, later moved to the forefront in 2002 with the debut of her Food Network program. After receiving success of The Barefoot Contessa CookBook and BareFoot Contessa Parties.

In 2005, Miss Garten announced that she had signed a three-year contract with Food Network to continue her cooking her cooking show, and will release two more cookbooks following Barefoot Contessa at Home.

Personal life

Ina married her longtime boyfriend Jeffrey Garten on 22nd December 1968 and soon the couple relocated to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since their marriage, the couple is living their life in joy. However, the couple has no children yet.

Net worth

Ina Garten earns a decent amount of money as the author and television personality, as she has appeared in several cooking competitions and even hosted shows too. Garten also earns through her writing skills which add up to her total net worth of $ 50 million.