Giada De Laurentiis

Emmy Award winning personality, Giada De Laurentiis has become a household name. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility not only with her expanding presence beyond Food Network but also with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, food products and recurring role on the “Today Show.” Born in Rome, Giada grew up in a large Italian family where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself. As the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, Giada consistently found herself in the family’s kitchen and in her grandfather’s restaurant, DDL Foodshow. After graduating from the University of California in Los Angeles with a degree in anthropology, Giada’s passion for cooking remained. She began her professional culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, specializing in both cuisine and pastry. Then she returned to Los Angeles, where her training included positions at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Fine Dining Room and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills. She later founded GDL Foods, a catering company in Los Angeles.

Giada’s career start on Food Network began in 2002 when she was discovered by a network executive upon reading an article about her and the De Laurentiis family in FOOD & WINE magazine. Since then, Giada has earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Host and has become one of Food Network’s most recognizable faces. Her Emmy award winning, daytime cooking show, “Everyday Italian,” featured quick, healthy and satisfying Italian dishes. Her primetime show, “Giada’s Weekend Getaways,” followed Giada to popular destinations in and around the USA as she explored the cities’ most notable restaurants and activities. Giada can also be seen in Food Network specials, such as “Giada in Paradise: Capri and Santorini,” and as a judge on the highly popular series, “Next Food Network Star.” Giada is producing a series, “Giada at Home,” where Giada prepares meals and parties for family and friends.

De Laurentiis’ first book was “Everyday Italian.” Her second book entitled, “Giada’s Family Dinners,” quickly became a #1 New York Times best-seller as did her third cookbook, “Everyday Pasta.” An eagerly-awaited fourth book, “Giada’s Kitchen,” hit bookshelves in 2008 and became a bestseller. De Laurentiis’ fifth book, “Giada at Home” debuted in spring 2010 and landed in the #1 position on the New York Times best-seller list.

Giada’s overall success and notoriety yielded her a role as spokesperson for Barilla, the world’s largest producer and manufacturer of pasta. Giada also licensed and produced four products under her name. In 2010, De Laurentiis partnered with Target to launch her own exclusive products. The Giada De Laurentiis for Target collection offers guests a range of items, from pasta sauces and flavored coffee to kitchen cooking essentials.

De Laurentiis joined fellow chef Bobby Flay to co-judge “Next Food Network Star.” Giada became a co-host on the “Today Show,” where she highlights current trends in travel, cuisine and lifestyle.

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