Giada Pamela De Laurentiis (born August 22, 1970) is an Italian American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the current Food Network program Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's Today. De Laurentiis is the founder of the catering business GDL Foods.
Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, and Giada at Home; a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today; and the author of four New York Times bestselling cookbooks. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade.
[She's] carrying on a family tradition. [Her] great-grandparents owned a pasta factory in Naples. [Her] grandpa, Dino De Laurentiis, is now famous as one of Hollywood's most prolific producers, but as a boy in the 1930s he sold pasta door to door in his hometown of Naples.
At the age of 7, De Laurentiis moved to the United States. She and her family soon settled in Los Angeles. De Laurentiis did not receive the warmest of welcomes in her new country. She "didn't speak a word of English, so the kids at school tormented me," she later explained.
De Laurentiis married Todd Thompson, a designer for Anthropologie, in 2003. They had been dating since De Laurentiis was 19 years old. In 2008, the couple welcomed a daughter, Jade.
She eventually earned her culinary stripes at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, worked among Hollywood glitterati at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in L.A., and launched her own catering business called GDL Foods. Her entrée to the little screen came during her stint as a food stylist with Food and Wine magazine where she was scouted by Food Network to host “Everyday Italian.”
When [her] training was over, [she] came home and went to work. For years [she] cooked in some of California's best restaurants, from the Ritz-Carlton to Spago. Finally [she] struck out on [her] own with a catering company, GDL Foods.
She was discouraged by her parents from attending culinary school after high school graduation. Thus, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in social anthropology in 1996 and then studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Known for both her easygoing demeanor and her easy-to-prep Mediterranean recipes, Giada De Laurentiis is best known as the Food Network’s “Everyday Italian” host. But in her latest cookbook, “Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner”, the sunny cook shows off what she cooks in another role: busy wife and mom.
(On how she can still be in good shape while being a chef) I have to say that this is by far the question I am most frequently asked, and my answer is always the same: genetics, portion control and fresh ingredients. If you've ever seen my mother either on the show or in photographs, you'll notice that she is quite petite, trim. So I have her to thank for getting me off to a good start. ... I graze - eating small portions of food all day long.
Renowned chef, TV personality, and best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis began supporting Oxfam in 2008. De Laurentiis has focused her efforts with Oxfam on bringing attention to the 925 million people around the world who are chronically hungry.