The Food Network Goddess: Giada De Laurentiis

Tuesday, September 13 by Russell Deza

Giada De Laurentiis is the famous host of “Giada at Home,” the popular Food Channel program. The lovely chef is an occasional co-host and contributor on “Today,” NBC's morning show. She also runs and operates her own catering business.

Giada De Laurentiis trained at prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Upon her return to the United States, Giada De Laurentiis worked at several prominent Los Angeles restaurants. She eventually landed a job working at Spago, an establishment owned by elite chef Wolfgang Puck. After she styled an amazing piece in Food & Wine, she piqued the interest of Food Channel producers who then signed her up.

Giada De Larentiis appears and continues to appear in a number of programs. She has been a constant fixture since 2003 in the “Everyday Italian” show. She has also appeared in such shows as “Behind the Bash,” “Giada's Weekend Getaway” and “Chefography.” In a classic episode of "Iron Chef America," Giada De Laurentiis teamed up with fellow celebrity chef, Bobby Flay. They competed against the talented duo of Rachel Ray and Mario Batali and came second best.

Giada De Laurentiis is the granddaughter of the legendary Italian film producer, Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis is married to a prominent fashion designer and have a daughter together. She completed he high school education in Los Angeles and earned a bachelors degree in social anthropology from UCLA.

Giada De Laurentiis recently embarked on a new business project. She teamed up with retail giant Target to market her line of quality kitchen items. Her products include pots and pans, utensils and counter-top appliances.

- Russell Deza

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