Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, television personality, and writer. She is the host of Giada at Home, a Food Network television program. De Laurentiis also appears time and again as a contributor and guest co-host of the program Today at NBC. She is the founder of GDL Foods’ catering business. She has won various awards including Daytime Emmy Award as the Outstanding Lifestyle Host. In 2012, De Laurentiis was inducted into Culinary Hall of Fame.
De Laurentiis was born August 22, 1970 in Rome, Italy. She is the eldest child of Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti. When she was young, De Laurentiis found herself spending much time in the family’s kitchen and the grandfather’s restaurant, DDL Foodshow. When her parents divorced, she moved to Southern California. She graduated from Marymount High School in Los Angeles and later attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology.
De Laurentiis took her studies at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris aspiring to become a pastry chef. The self-proclaimed chocoholic returned to United States and became a professional chef where she worked in several restaurants in Los Angeles. She later became a food stylist and was approached by Food Network after she styled a piece of Food & Wine Magazine sometimes in 2002.
In April 5, 2003, she started a program dubbed Everyday Italian, which is a daytime cooking show hosted at Food Network. At one point in a Network biography program called Chefography, she said that she never intended to be in her family business of taking part in show business. She said that she was uncomfortable being appearing in camera when she started Everyday Italian.
During the initial moments of airing the program, the Food Network received accusations that it had hired a model or actress who pretended to be a cook instead of being a real chef. In October 2006, she started hosting the program Behind the Bash. This program examined the catering process involved in big events such as Grammy Awards.
De Laurentiis started hosting another show dubbed Giada’s Weekend Getaways in January 2007 at Food Network. In 2007, she appeared on the inaugural Food Network Awards as presenter. She has also appeared severally as a guest judge on The Next Food Network Star, the third season of the program in aired in 2007. She took part as the voice of “Paulette” on the children’s show Handy Manny.
De Laurentiis also came up with a line of kitchen supplies for Target in early 2010, and that same year, she was ranked number 6 in the list of “Sexiest Moms Alive” featured in CafeMom. In July 2014, she opened her restaurant called GIADA, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her restaurant offers a seating with a great view of Caesars Palace and Bellagio fountains. It features Italian cuisine with some Californian influences.
Giada De Laurentiis – Husband and Divorce
The 1.57 meter petite beauty married fashion designer husband Todd Thompson in 2003, the couple have a daughter called Jade Marie, who was born on March 29, 2008. On December 29, 2014, De Laurentiis announced that she was separating from her husband. The divorce came through on September 3 , 2015.
According to the divorce proceedings, De Laurentiis has to pay $9000 per month as child support amount to Jade. Her ex-husband Todd gets to stay in their palatial $3.2 million home. He also benefits from 50 percent of advance payment that is given to Giada’s still-to-release cookbooks which are valued at $5 million.
Giada De Laurentiis – Boyfriend and Affair Speculations
The stunning chef was linked to singer John Mayer, which she denied. She has been linked to Matt Lauer and chef Bobby Flay. Though she said that both of them were friends, the shutterbugs saw Mr. Flay and Miss. Laurentiis indulging in public display of affection since her breakup.
Giada De Laurentiis – Net Worth
Giada De Laurentiis’ net worth is estimated to be $15 million.
Giada De Laurentiis – House
The celebrity chef lives in a sprawling 3,200 square foot home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. She recently did a makeover of the home and increased the floor space from 1600 to 3200.