Giada De Laurentiis is a chef, writer, and TV host.
Giada Pamela De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy. She’s the eldest child of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband, actor-producer Alex De Benedetti. As a child, Giada often found herself in the family’s kitchen and spent a great deal of time at her grandfather’s restaurant, DDL Foodshow. De Laurentiis’ maternal grandmother was Italian film star Silvana Mangano. Giada’s siblings include sister Eloisa, a makeup artist, and brothers Igor and Dino Alexander II, a Hollywood film editor who died of melanoma in 2003. Her stepfather is producer Ivan Kavalsky. After graduating from Marymount High School in Los Angeles, De Laurentiis attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her bachelor’s degree in social anthropology in 1996. De Laurentiis studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with aspirations of becoming a pastry chef; she’s a self-proclaimed chocoholic.
After returning to the United States, Giada became a professional chef working in several Los Angeles restaurants, notably the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. She later worked as a food stylist and was contacted by the Food Network after styling a piece in Food & Wine Magazine in 2002. Starting in 2003, her Emmy Award-winning daytime cooking show, “Everyday Italian,” featured quick, healthy and satisfying Italian dishes. De Laurentiis began hosting “Behind the Bash” in October 2006. The program examines the catering process behind big event extravaganzas, such as the Grammy Awards. In January 2007, a third De Laurentiis-hosted show, “Giada’s Weekend Getaways,” debuted on Food Network. On this show, De Laurentiis travels to a featured locale and visits her favorite local culinary destinations.
Later in that year, De Laurentiis appeared as a presenter on the inaugural Food Network Awards. In June, Giada hosted a two-part Food Network special entitled “Giada in Paradise,” featuring the two locales of Santorini, Greece and Capri, Italy. De Laurentiis also made several appearances as a guest judge on the third season of “The Next Food Network Star,” which aired in 2007. In 2008, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host. De Laurentiis also launched an Italian gourmet line under the Academia Barilla name with the Barilla Group, Barilla’s first-ever gourmet celebrity product line. That same year, “Giada at Home premiered,” showing Giada in a kitchen preparing meals and parties for family and friends. The show is shot on a set that is very similar to her own home. Giada joined fellow chef Bobby Flay as a judge in season 7 of Food Network Star and took on a new role in season 8 as a team leader of five cooks competing against Bobby Flay’s and Alton Brown’s respective teams. In 2009, De Laurentiis became the voice of “Paulette”, a character on the animated children’s show Handy Manny. In early 2010, De Laurentiis came out with a line of kitchen supplies, exclusively for Target. That same year, CafeMom ranked her as #6 in their yearly “Sexiest Moms Alive” list. De Laurentiis became a regularly appearing mentor to the finalists on the popular Food Network competition show “The Next Food Network Star” in June. De Laurentiis was dubbed a “petite powerhouse” by Town & Country magazine, stands “just under five foot two”
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 and is a winner of the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host. In 2012, Giada was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.
How Giada De Laurentiis Made Her Money – Cooking, writing, and TV.
Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million
Birthday: August 22, 1970