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Giada De Laurentiis (IPA: ['dʒaːda 'de lau'reːntis]) (born August 22, 1970) is an Italian-American chef and the current host of the Food Network programs Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash and Giada's Weekend Getaways. In addition to her regular shows, De Laurentiis has appeared on several Food Network specials and is the founder of a catering business called GDL Foods.

Personal life

De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy, the daughter of Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti, and moved to Southern California when she was seven. She is the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis and Silvana Mangano, a noted Italian actress of her day. She graduated from Marymount High School and holds a bachelor's degree in social anthropology from UCLA (1996). In 2003, she married Todd Thompson, a clothing designer for the Anthropologie company. The two had been dating since 1991.

Career

De Laurentiis, a self-proclaimed chocoholic, studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France with aspirations of becoming a pastry chef. After returning to the United States, she became a professional chef working in several Los Angeles restaurants, notably the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. She later worked in food styling and was contacted by the Food Network after doing a piece in Food & Wine Magazine in 2001.

Her cooking program, Everyday Italian, has been broadcast on the Food Network since 2003. She admitted that she did not feel comfortable in front of the camera when she started hosting Everyday Italian, but now enjoys being a television personality. When the show first aired, the Food Network received emails accusing the network of hiring a model or actress pretending to cook instead of a real chef.

De Laurentiis began hosting Behind The Bash, in October 2005, which explores the catering process behind big event extravaganzas such as the Grammys. On a November 2006 episode of Iron Chef America, she and Bobby Flay faced off against, and were defeated by, Rachael Ray and Mario Batali. In January 2007, a third De Laurentiis-hosted show, the travelogue Giada's Weekend Getaways debuted on the Food Network. On this show, she travels to a featured locale (such as Seattle, South Beach, San Francisco, Napa or Jackson Hole, Wyoming) and visits her favorite culinary finds.

De Laurentiis is the current spokesperson for the pasta manufacturer Barilla.

Publications

She wrote her first cookbook, Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes, in 2005 to accompany her similarly titled Food Network show, Everyday Italian. Her second cookbook, Giada's Family Dinners, was released on April 4, 2006. She is releasing a third cookbook, Everyday Pasta on April 3, 2007.

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