Giada De Laurentiis: Not Your Everyday Italian
From the glitzy and glam San Francisco Opera opening night ball to a fantasy wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo to the American Cancer Society's Dream Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis goes Behind the Bash in her Food Network TV show to interview the chefs, sommeliers, decorators, and party planners that make these over-the-top extravaganzas a reality.
Serendipity played a role in Giada's rise to culinary fame. In 2001, she was working as a food stylist for Food and Wine Magazine and wrote an article that someone from the Food Network saw. From there, she was asked to shoot a pilot that featured recipes from one of her cookbooks, Everyday Italian. The rest, as they say, is culinary history. She followed up her first literary success with two more cookbooks, Everyday Pasta and Giada's Family Dinners, which rose to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Near and Far - Giada At Large
From the exotic--Giada in Paradise and Giada's Weekend Getaways--to the homey familiarity of Everyday Italian (also the name of one of her TV shows on the Food Network), Giada is all about food. Whether she's "getting away" to Cabo, Miami, NYC, or Seattle or discovering hidden culinary treasures in paradises like Santorino or Capri, she exhibits the same "exuberance and excitement" about cooking that she finds so appealing in her heroine and mentor, Julia Child.
Food & Film
Citing movies and food as two of her favorite ingredients, Giada said, "It mixes so well with what I grew up with." She attributes her love of food to her large Italian family, who provided her with "tradition, simplicity, and creativity," and her love of film to her grandfather, producer Dino De Laurentiis. She artfully combined both ingredients as a 2007 Sundance Film Festival celebrity chef, cooking for the stars at the invitation-only Bon Appetit Supper Club, held at the Riverhorse Restaurant in Park City, Utah.
In her spare time, she is also a spokesperson for Barilla pasta, has partnered with Pyrex glassware for a line of cookware, is a contributing correspondent for the Today Show, and was recently included in Conde Nast's Point of Passion advertising campaign along with a number of other high-profile celebrities. With requests for numerous interviews and magazine appearances--most recently in Town and Country, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Esquire, People, and the cover of Life--celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis' star continues to rise in today's culinary heavens.