Giada De Laurentiis

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Born August 22, 1970
Rome, Italy
Cooking Style Italian
Education UCLA, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris
TV Show(s) Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash

Giada De Laurentiis (born August 22, 1970) is an Italian-American chef, currently host of the Food Network program Everyday Italian. De Laurentiis studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France before becoming a professional chef, working in several Los Angeles restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck's Spago. In addition to her cooking show, De Laurentiis has appeared on several Food Network specials. De Laurentiis is also the founder of catering business GDL Foods.

De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy, the daughter of Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti, moving to Southern California when she was seven. She is the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis and Silvana Mangano, a noted Italian actress of her day. She holds a degree in social anthropology from UCLA (1996). De Laurentiis married clothing designer Todd Thompson on May 25, 2003 in Los Angeles at a black-tie ceremony.

Her food program, Everyday Italian, has been broadcast since 2003, and she has written an accompanying book, Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes (2005). De Laurentiis began hosting another show on the Food Network, Behind the Bash, in October 2005, exploring the catering behind big-name extravaganzas such as the Grammys. Giada’s overall success yielded her a new role as spokesperson for Barilla, the world’s largest producer and manufacturer of pasta. Her newest cookbook, Giada's Family Dinners, was released on April 4, 2006.


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  • Meitus, Marty, "'Everyday Italian' star serves up showbiz, cooking instruction", Scripps Howard News Service, March 28, 2005.
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