#Goals: The Storied Romances of Food Network Chefs

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, February 10th, 2017

Ina and JeffreyIf your Valentine’s Day plans are shaping up to be a low-key night with your BFF instead of a Champagne soiree with your bae, fear not. We have just the thing to put a smile on your face: Tales of other people’s happily-ever-after #RelationshipGoals. We’re looking back on some of the most-storied relationships of Food Network stars and their spouses, because as it turns out, your favorite chefs aren’t just smitten with food — they’re also pretty fond of their other halves too. Many chefs have been open about their longtime romances, dishing on their engagements and sharing insider photos from their weddings. We’ve rounded up the most aww-inducing moments of the bunch, so grab a box of chocolates and join us with happy sobs.

Ina and Jeffrey
If there are two people more in love than Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, we’re hard pressed to find them. These two met in 1964, and they’ve been married for nearly five decades. Recently they revealed to Food Network Magazine the story of their earliest days together — they’re every bit as adorable as you’d imagine, with memories of love letters galore — and how Ina prepared impressive meals on the go as she and Jeffrey traveled throughout Paris with little money to their name.

Now settled in New York’s East Hampton, Ina has shown her devotion to Jeffrey once again: with both a cookbook and series of episodes dedicated to Cooking for Jeffrey. Click the play button on the video above to relive some of their sweetest moments on TV together, and read more about their longtime love.

Robert and Gail
Robert and GailOn Restaurant: Impossible, Robert proved himself to be a no-nonsense leader with an uncanny ability to lay down the rules. But this chef isn’t always as tough as he may seem. On his wedding day to Gail, a professional wrestler, he was as doting a new husband as any other.

Robert and GailAfter exchanging rings in front of their families and friends, including such Food Network pals as Guy Fieri and Melissa d’Arabian, Robert and Gail took off on a Grecian honeymoon, complete with adventures to ancient ruins and excursions on the water. Browse their honeymoon scrapbook to see all the exclusive photos.

Damaris and Darrick
Damaris and DarrickDamaris Phillips never shied away from teaching others how to make date-night dishes on Southern at Heart, and we’re guessing that she also had a penchant for preparing same swoon-worthy recipes at home too. In 2015, she married Darrick Wood at an outdoor ceremony in Kentucky complete all the rustic elegance you could dream up. Food Network Magazine was on hand to capture photos of the picnic-style reception, where together Damaris and Darrick all but beamed with happiness. “I was so excited to marry Darrick, I would have gone to the courthouse,” Damaris told Food Network Magazine. “But this was more fun — and a lot prettier.” Hear more from Damaris about how her wedding came together by browsing these photos.

Valerie and Tom


Perhaps the ultimate goal for every spouse is to see their partner a best friend, something that Valerie Bertinelli indeed does of her husband, Tom. When she and Tom looked back on their engagement night in Italy, they couldn’t help but chuckle, not because everything went perfectly smoothly, but because it did not. Click the play button on the video above to hear as they recount a dinner flop in Florence and the events that transpired afterwards.

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