Profile on Giada de Laurentiis

Giada makes great Italian food.

Giada de Laurentiis is known for being tiny (she stands at just five foot, two inches), being a dynamo. . .and putting sexy back into the kitchen. A Cordon Bleu trained chef, Giada says that the most influential people in her cooking were her mother and grandfather.

Giada de Laurentiis

Giada was born in Rome, Italy and moved to Los Angeles with her mother and siblings, as a child. Despite coming from a family that was used to being on screen, Giada decided to pursue her love of food at the famed Cordon Bleu Culinary school in Paris. While there, she pursued studies as a pastry chef. However, it was her strong cultural tradition of Italian cooking that eventually garnered her notoriety.

She claims that any can cook great Italian food by using the freshest ingredients. She certainly has found a winning recipe by becoming not only a famous chef in her own right, but also being a television personality, author, and caterer.

Giada de Laurentiis' Jobs

Surprisingly, Giada holds a degree in social anthropology from UCLA. After she graduated however, she still wanted to pursue her passion in the kitchen and so she went to Paris for the world renowned Cordon Bleu Culinary school. After finishing in Paris, she came back to the states and started working in famous restaurants such as Spago's in Beverly Hills. She also founded GDL Foods which was her catering company.

Already successful as a chef, she was discovered in 2002 by Food Network executives who read about her and her Italian family in Food and Wine magazine. The rest is history.

Giada's Shows

Giada started in 2002 with her show "Everyday Italian" featured on the Food Network twelve times per day. The show features simple Italian meals that can be cooked using fresh ingredients. Giada was almost an instant hit. She combined substantial know how, with a stunning appearance that appealed to audiences.In 2007, Food Network started producing "Giada's Weekend Getaways" which featured Giada exploring various getaway spots. The show took a look at both restaurants in various cities as well as local attractions-making it appealing for both adventurers and foodies alike.

Her most recent show is "Giada at Home" which features both her Italian cooking skills but also a more realistic look reflecting the life of a busy wife and mother.

Giada's Cookbooks

Giada has authored several cookbooks, all of course geared towards turning America on to Italian cooking:

  • Everyday Italian-As the name implies Everyday Italian was written with the busy cook in mind. This book features recipes that are perfect for every day cooking.
  • Giada's Family Dinners-This book features dishes that are simple and delicious but also geared towards the whole family. Readers get a more intimate look at Giada's own family.
  • Everyday Pasta-Giada fans will love this collection of pasta recipes that also features suggestions for sides and salads.
  • Giada's Kitchen-Haled as an Italian cookbook with a California twist, the emphasis is on dishes that combine light and healthy with real robust Italian flavor.

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