Ina Garten’s on-screen talents went beyond the Food Network in 2011 when Entertainment Weekly said she made a brief appearance as herself in Tina Fey’s hit NBC show 30 Rock. Garten showed up in a fantasy of Fey’s character Liz Lemon, who daydreamed that The Barefoot Contessa was her neighbor in The Hamptons.
Fast forward to 2016 when, according to Garten’s website, she went on tour to promote her 10th cookbook, Cooking With Jeffrey. Fey reciprocated her friend’s favor from five years prior by serving as moderator for Garten’s event in New York, during which the Mean Girls star deemed the now 73-year-old “more beloved than Tom Hanks and Blu Ivy combined” (via Vanity Fair).
Garten again spoke highly of the woman that she told San Diego Magazine was her “dream” moderator during a later stop on the 2016 tour, describing her as “unbelievably smart” and “absolutely the funniest person I’ve ever met” (via People). These ladies are clearly quite fond of each other, and we hope to see more of this star-studded friendship in the future!