Ina Garten, Author, chef, and host of the Barefoot Contessa. She met her husband, Jeffrey, when she was 15 years old. They married several years later and during his service in Vietnam she taught herself to cook and earned her pilot’s license. Upon his return, they spent four months camping in France where she developed a love for French cuisine. She later earned an MBA in D.C. and worked her way up to a role in the Office of Management and Budget, writing nuclear energy budget papers for both Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (and hosting dinner parties weekly as she honed her cooking skills).
“The best example I can give to other women is to be independent and have a good business and be able to take care of yourself.”
“Everyone says, ‘It’s so risky,’ but the only risk really is not doing it. It doesn’t mean that I finished it all in one step, but you have to think, if it doesn’t go well, I’ll find something else. Fortunately, for me, it went really well.”
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