PROFILE
Name:
Giada De Laurentiis
Birth Date:
Rome, Italy
Birth Place:
August 22, 1970
BIOGRAPHY
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Giada at Home

Background:

Italian born, American chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis is famous as the host of the Food Network shows “Everyday Giada” (2004-2011) and “Giada at Home” (2008-2013), from which she took home a Daytime Emmy Award and two Daytime Emmy nominations, respectively. She is also a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's “Today” (2006-?) and is a judge on “Food Network Star.” In 2012, De Laurentiis was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. The same year, she won the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Host – Lifestyle. De Laurentiis is the founder of the Los Angeles based catering business GDL Foods and is a spokesperson for Barilla, the world's largest producer and manufacturer of pasta.

De Laurentiis is married to fashion designer Todd Thompson. They have one daughter together.  


Pamela De Benedetti

Childhood and Family:

Giada De Laurentiis was born Giada Pamela De Benedetti on August 22, 1970, in Rome, Lazio, Italy, to actress Veronica De Laurentiis and actor-producer Alex De Benedetti. Her maternal grandparents were producer Dino De Laurentiis and Italian film actress Silvana Mangano. After her parents divorced, Giada, at age 7, and her siblings (Eloisa, Igor and Dino Alexander II) moved to Southern California where they adopted their mother's family name. Her mother is currently married to producer Ivan Kavalsky.

As a young, Giada frequently found herself in the family's kitchen and spent a lot of time at her grandfather's restaurant, DDL Foodshow. After graduating from Marymount High School in Los Angeles, Giada was intended to attend culinary school but got discouragement from her parents. She then took Social Anthropology major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and after completing her bachelor's degree in 1996, she studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.    

Giada met Todd Thompson when she was 19 and he was 22. They had a relationship for 13 years before eventually married on May 25, 2003. She gave birth to her first child, daughter Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson, on March 29, 2008.  


Everyday Italian

Career:

After completing her studies in Paris, Giada De Laurentiis worked as a professional chef in several restaurants in Los Angeles, most notably the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. She also worked as a food stylist with both Food & Wine and Martha Stewart Living magazines. She was spotted by the Food Network after they saw her styling a piece in Food & Wine in 2002. She began hosting her first television cooking show, “Everyday Italian,” in the Food Network in 2004, and in 2008, De Laurentiis won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Host, while the series won the Outstanding Lifestyle Program category.

In October 2006, De Laurentiis started hosting “Behind the Bash,” a program that examines the catering process behind big event extravaganzas such as the Grammy Awards.  Her third hosted TV show, “Giada's Weekend Getaway,”  premiered on the Food Network in January 2007. On this show,  she travels to a featured locale (like South Beach, Napa, San Francisco, Seattle, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming) and visits her favorite local culinary destinations. The show ran for two seasons until 2008.

Still in 2007, De Laurentiis presented the inaugural Food Network Awards. She also hosted a two-part Food Network special called “Giada in Paradise,” featuring the two locales of Santorini, Greece and Capri, Italy.  

Also in 2007, De Laurentiis made several appearances as a guest judge on the third season of “The Next Food Network Star.” De Laurentiis later returned to “The Next Food Network Star” in its sixths season in 2010 as an on-set mentor, then in the seventh season in 2011 as a judge and  for the season eight in 2012 as a coach. She also served as mentor and judge on the nine season of “The Next Food Network Star,” which started on June 2, 2013.

De Laurentiis' talk show, “Giada at Home,”  first aired on October 18, 2008 on the Food Network. The show was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2009: for Outstanding Culinary Program and Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary Program, and won for the latter award. It was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010 for Outstanding Multi-Camera Editing, Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary Program, Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host (De Laurentiis) and Outstanding Culinary Program. It won in the categories of Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary Program (2nd year in a row) and Outstanding Culinary Program. The show went on to receive Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing and  Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control and win the Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary Program category in 2011. As for De Laurentiis, she picked up her second Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host in 2012, while the show also receiving the Daytime nominations for Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary Program, Outstanding Single Camera Photography (Film or Electronic), Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing and Outstanding Culinary Program.

In partnership with the Barilla Group, De Laurentiis launched an Italian gourmet line under the Academia Barilla name, Barilla's first-ever gourmet celebrity product line, in 2008.

In 2009, De Laurentiis provided the voice of the character Paulette, on an episode of the animated children's show “Handy Manny” called “Flicker Joins the Band/Paulette's Pizza Palace.”

De Laurentiis appeared in several episodes of Food Network's “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” from 2009 to 2011. She also appeared in several episodes of “The Perfect 3” between 2011 and 2012. She served as a judge on the cooking reality TV series “Chopped” in 2012. De Laurentiis has appeared regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's “Today” since 2006.
    

Awards:

Gracie Allen: Gracie, Outstanding Host – Lifestyle, 2012
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Lifestyle Host, “Everyday Italian,” 2008
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