For those with options, food is much more than a set of edible things you can eat, it is an experience, a form of art that provides body sustenance and spiritual transformation. Those who act as prophets for this experience are called Chefs and one of them is Giada De Laurentiis, an Italian-born Chef who helps others achieve this experience by teaching them on screen in various cooking shows.
Giada De Laurentiis has worked on many shows like Giada in Italy, Food Network Star, Giada at Home, Everyday Italian and several others. Through her appearances on these shows and the quality of her meals, she has become a celebrity chef in the mold of names like Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay.
Giada De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy on the 22nd of August, 1970 as Giada Pamela De Benedetti. She was born to parents, Alex De Benedetti and Veronica De Laurentiis, both of whom worked in the Italian acting industry. Sadly, her parents’ marriage did not last and they got divorced when she was a child. As a result, Giada and her mother, along with her siblings relocated to Southern California where she eventually adopted her mother’s last name, De Laurentiis.
Right from her life in Italy, Giada De Laurentiis had taken a fascinating interesting in cooking and food and she often spent time in her grandfather’s restaurant, DDL Foodshow. It was an interest that followed her all the way to the US and after she completed her academic education, graduating from Marymount High School and the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in social anthropology, she headed over to Paris, where she studied to become a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu.
After completing her training period at Le Cordon Bleu, Giada De Laurentiis returned to the US where she began to work in various Los Angeles restaurants. As she got more popular through the quality of her work, she expanded her ventures into food styling and eventually found her way into TV when she was approached by the Food Network in 2002.
Her first show for the Food Network, Everyday Italian, launched in April 2003, and Giada De Laurentiis has not relented ever since. She has since worked on at least nine shows of her own, including the popular Giada in Paradise. She has also appeared on cooking competitions such as Beat Bobby Flay as a judge. Outside of her work on TV as a Chef, she has worked as an actress, starring in projects like Handy Manny and Young & Hungry, and she has written over eight books, including Giada at Home which was a New York Times Bestseller.
For a long and successful career, Giada De Laurentiis has been the recipient of a number of accolades, including an induction into the Culinary Hall of Fame and a Daytime Emmy Award for her show, Everyday Italian.
Giada De Laurentiis’ Net Worth
Giada De Laurentiis has been successful in every medium she has laid her hands on. From TV as a host to writing cookbooks, where she has over two books that reached the number one spot on The New York Times, her career has been a trail of successful endeavors and as a result, she has built a significant amount of wealth off of it.
At the moment, the Italian born chef is believed to be worth over $15 million.
What To Know About Her Daughter and Boyfriend
Since November 2015, Giada De Laurentiis has been in a relationship with Shane Farley, who also happens to be working in the TV business as a producer for the show, FabLife. So far, Giada De Laurentiis and Shane Farley have been enjoying a loving life together.
Part of her personal and familial life is her daughter, Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson whom she gave birth to on the 29th of March, 2008 and although many expected her to give birth to another child, Giada has expressed her satisfaction and interest in having only one child.
For all of her successes, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Giada De Laurentiis. One of the major disappointments of her life was the end of her marriage to Todd Thompson, a fashion designer.
Giada and Todd had been married since the 5th of May, 2003 and she shares her only daughter with him. Unfortunately, their marriage was not meant to be the happily ever after they hoped for and they got separated in June 2014, completing their divorce proceedings in September 2015.