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Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten signs multi-year Discovery deal for new culinary series

Discovery has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with chef Ina Garten that will expand beyond her Barefoot Contessa cooking show franchise for the Food Network.

Chef Ina Garten

The first project from the partnership, which will span linear, streaming and podcast projects, is culinary series Be My Guest (working title).

Currently in development, Be My Guest is slated to be a multi-platform project with an hour-long extended cut planned for discovery+ and a half-hour version devised for Food Network, as well as a companion podcast.

Barefoot Contessa, which is produced by London-based production company Pacific Productions, has aired on the Food Network for nearly 20 years after premiering on the channel in 2002.

Courtney White, president of Food Network and streaming food content at Discovery Inc, said: “Ina has a huge, devoted fanbase who know that each and every Ina premiere is a television event. Ina’s new series showcases her exceptional talents beyond what she has ever shared before. I am thrilled that we will be continuing our relationship on multiple platforms for years to come.”

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