The Barefoot Contessa is returning to TV – with stars in tow

The Barefoot Contessa is back! Well, almost. The celebrated cook, whose real name is Ina Garten, will be coming back to the small screen this October for a third season of her show, Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro. The show’s return also coincides with the October 2018 release of Garten’s cookbook of the same title. [Pre-order it here!]

An offshoot of the original hit, Barefoot Contessa, Cook Like a Pro features Garten hard at work in the kitchen of her East Hampton, NY, home whipping up delicious dishes such as lemon Parmesan chicken with arugula salad – Garten’s favorite weeknight meal. What’s more? On Cook Like a Pro, which aired its second season in spring 2018, the New York native is occasionally joined myriad famous friends. Past guests have included Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay and Jose Andres.

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The new season of Cook Like a Pro will keep with Garten’s tradition of spotlighting certain ingredients or dishes, such as beef and Thanksgiving sides. The network’s press release also notes the roster of familiar faces viewers can expect to see includes repeat guest Jennifer Garner, who appeared alongside Garten in a 2017 episode of Barefoot in L.A., and Nigella Lawson. Both women will be on hand for a Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday, November 17.

“Ina’s passion for making delicious food with good, simple ingredients to share with friends and family is at the heart of Cook Like a Pro,” Courtney White, general manager and executive vice president, programming, Food Network and HGTV, said via a press release. “She has a unique way of making our audience feel like they are right beside her, whether it’s in The Kitchen or sharing a meal with her fantastic friends.”

Other celebs expected to drop by are Rob Marshall and John DeLuca, who will be helping out with a British-style lunch. Additionally, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be joining Garten for a special Mary Poppins-themed show.

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SO.Cookbook.Garten.RDL (5/10/99) (San Juan Capistrano) The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook author Ina Garten signs books at a reception at Mission San Juan Capistrano. TIMES (Photo by Robert Lachman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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CORAL GABLES, FL - OCTOBER 31: Ina Garten signs copies of her book Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics at Books And Books on October 31, 2008 in Coral Gables, Florida (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Ina Garten attends 'The Barefoot Contessa' Book Signing At William Sonoma on November 14, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Celebrity Chef Ina Garten attends Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on September 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
03/15/2007- The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) host of Food Network shows and cookbook author. Publicist Cathy Paine (cell: 416-433-6546) will be there. The signing starts at 12:30 pm. Photog can take pix backstage and as signing begins. For Marion Kane's columnDish.(Vince Talotta/Toronto Star) (Photo by Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Avery Yale Kamila/Staff Writer: July 30, 2010: Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler and Ina Garten, who is known to her cookbook readers and TV audiences as the Barefoot Contessa. staff photo (Photo by Avery Yale Kamila/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: TV personality Ina Garten attends the 10th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend photocall at the Times Center on January 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Television personality Ina Garten attends the 10th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend photocall at the Times Center on January 8, 2011 in New York City. *** Local Caption ***
SAGAPONACK, NY - JUNE 25: (L-R) Nicole Miller, Ina Garten, Alec Baldwin attend the 'Barefoot Under the Stars' event at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard on June 25, 2011 in Sagaponack, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
SAGAPONACK, NY - JUNE 25: Jeffrey and Ina Garten attend the 'Barefoot Under the Stars' event at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard on June 25, 2011 in Sagaponack, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ina Garten and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Jeffrey Garten and wife Ina Garten attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Ina Garten signs copies of her book 'Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on December 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Jeffrey Garten and wife Ina Garten attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Ina Garten attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City on 1/17/2013 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
THE CHEW - Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten makes her debut on âThe Chew,â today, April 10, 2013. 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL SYMON, CARLA HALL, MARIO BATALI, INA GARTEN, DAPHNE OZ, CLINTON KELLY
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Professor Jeffrey Garten and TV personality Ina Garten attend The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ina Garten appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ina Garten appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten and Muppets attend the Sesame Workshop's 13th Annual Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Jeffrey Garten and Ina Garten at the TIME 100 Gala held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Ina Garten attends the 2015 Forbes Women's Summit: Transforming The Rules Of Engagement at Pier 60 on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 13: Ina Garten attends the East Hampton Library's 12th Annual Authors Night Benefit on August 13, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/WireImage,)
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“Why is it worth learning to cook the ways pros do? Because when you can really cook with confidence, you will find cooking and entertaining so much less stressful. Throughout the show you will find tips and tricks that will help you prepare recipes exactly the way I do,” the New York Times bestselling cookbook author said in the press release. “You will make totally delicious, professional looking dishes every time!”

Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro premieres Sunday, October 21, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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