A mere two months ago, Ina Garten announced that her new show, simply titled Cooking Like a Pro, would be premiering in May. There was little to no other information given about the project at the time.
Since then, there’s been a slow, incremental rollout of information. For one, it’s set to premiere this Sunday at 11AM on the Food Network. Throughout the 8-episode season, Garten will be occasionally featuring others celebrity chef cohort, from Mario Batali to April Bloomfield, as guests. She's devoting the first episode to chicken.
More generally, though, the show represents a thematic change of pace for Garten, whose previous shows have been focused on dispensing tips on how to entertain guests. Here, she’ll be focusing her energies more on cooking tips (like, for example, how best to cut cauliflower florets, she tells People). It's a decision born out of the sheer number of emails and letters she gets from fans asking her about the best techniques.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.