In her new TV show, Ina Garten invites friends over to her home in East Hampton, New York. Be My Guest with Ina Garten follows the Food Network star as she has lunch in her ‘barn’ with actors, journalists, chefs and more. But, as Garten said in a recent interview, hosting dinner parties prepared her more for the show than hosting. barefoot countess.
Ina Garten has decades of experience in entertainment
After quitting his White House job, Garten completely shifted gears. She bought a specialty food store in the Hamptons with no experience in the food industry. She had learned to cook using Julia Child’s cookbook before that. Even today, she admits that cooking is not something that comes easily to her.
Nonetheless, Garten has spent decades running his Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons. Along the way, she learned about food and what it takes to host a successful get-together, whether it’s the holidays or a casual brunch.
The Emmy winner learned tips for rock-solid entertainment, what not to serve at dinner and her favorite day of the week to plan (spoiler: it’s Sunday afternoon) . Now, as a Food Network star and host of her own cooking show, Garten is sharing everything she’s learned over the years with fans. This usually involves her doing everything from planning menus and cooking food to setting tables and arranging flowers. While making him look like one of them “Is it easy?” moments.
Hosting Dinners Served as Training for Garten’s New Discovery+ Series
Asked during an interview in March 2022 with The Hollywood Reporter what prepared her better for be my guest: “previous television work or hosting lord knows how many dinners and events,” Garten told the latter.
“Probably accommodation. I wanted it to feel like you were coming to my house for a little dinner,” she said. “I wanted that to be the case for the public.”
the Modern comfort food author, who is releasing his next cookbook Barefoot Contessa, Unmissable dinners in October 2022, continued, referencing an interview with Terry and Michael Ian Black:
“I remember hearing an interview between Terry Gross, who is a great interviewer, and Michael Ian Black,” Garten recalled. “One of them said, and I can’t remember which one, but they said, ‘When you do a really good interview, that’s the conversation you’d like to have over dinner – but you never do because the interviews can be much more intimate. I think it had less to do with filming a TV show than just connecting with someone.
‘A lot of research’ takes place ahead of Garten’s ‘Be My Guest’ interviews
While Garden be my guest includes cooking, it also has an interview part where the barefoot Contessa asks questions. So how does she prepare?
“I have someone who does a lot of research for me, because you really have to prepare for these interviews,” the cookbook author told The Hollywood Reporter. “She gives me five pages to read, tells me to watch this interview, watch this show, read this book.”
Garten also said that interview preparation starts a few weeks in advance. “In the weeks leading up to the interviews, I really get to know the person,” she explained. “And at the beginning, I had maybe three pages of questions to ask.”
Garden be my guest premiered March 26, 2022. It is available on Discovery+ with shorter 30-minute food-focused episodes airing on Food Network.
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