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Giada De Laurentiis hosts Food Network's "Giada at Home" and is one of the judges on the reality competition series "Food Network Star."

Giada De Laurentiis has become a household name. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility not only with her expanding presence beyond Food Network, but also with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, newly launched
Giada De Laurentiis in "Food Network Star 2011"
Giada De Laurentiis Food Network Star 2011
food products and recurring role on "The Today Show."

Born in Rome, Giada grew up in a large Italian family where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself. As the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, Giada consistently found herself in the family's kitchen and spent a great deal of time at her grandfather's restaurant, DDL Foodshow. After graduating from the University of California in Los Angeles with a degree in anthropology, Giada's passion for cooking remained. She eventually made the decision to commence a culinary career and began her professional training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, specializing in both cuisine and pastry. Following, she returned to Los Angeles, where her training included positions at the prestigious Ritz Carlton Fine Dining Room and Wolfgang Puck' Spago in Beverly Hills. She later founded GDL Foods, a catering company in Los Angeles.

Giada's career began on Food Network in 2002 when she was discovered by a network executive upon reading an article about her and the De Laurentiis family in Food & Wine magazine. Since then, Giada has earned an Emmy win for Outstanding Lifestyle Host and has become one of Food Network's most recognizable faces. Her Emmy winning, daytime cooking show, "Everyday Italian," features quick, healthy and satisfying Italian dishes. Her primetime show, "Giada's Weekend Getaways," debuted in January 2007 and follows Giada to popular destinations in and around the United States as she explores the cities' most notable restaurants and activities. Giada can also be seen in Food Network specials, such as "Giada in Paradise: Capri and Santorini," and as a judge on the highly popular series, "The Next Food Network Star."

The foray into cookbooks was an obvious decision, allowing Giada's loyal viewership to reference, prepare and share their favorite recipes. De Laurentiis' first book, "Everyday Italian," showcases many of the delicious recipes from her cooking show of the same name. Her second book entitled, "Giada's Family Dinners," quickly became a #1 "New York Times" best-seller as did her third cookbook, "Everyday Pasta," which was released in April 2007. An eagerly-awaited fourth book, "Giada's Kitchen," will hit bookshelves in October 2008. All four books are published by Random House/Clarkson Potter.

Giada's overall success and notoriety yielded her a role as spokesperson for Barilla, the world's largest producer and manufacturer of pasta. Giada took her relationship with Barilla one step further, entrusting the Italian arm of the brand, known as Academia Barilla, to license and produce four products under her name. The products: Extra-virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Tuscan Herb Mix, and Sea Salt with Fresh Lemon Zest, debuted in January 2008 and are currently being sold exclusively at Crate and Barrel stores through June 2008.

Giada had been a recurring guest on the "The Today Show" up until her stint as a correspondent during the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino secured her a role as a contributing correspondent. Last year, she was officially named a co-host on the nation's #1 morning show where she highlights current trends in travel, cuisine and lifestyle.

De Laurentiis currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Todd and daughter, Jade.

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Age: 46 years old
Birthday: August 22, 1970
Full Name / Real Name: Giada Pamela De Benedetti
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Todd Thompson

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sarfrazakhtar says:
Giada Pamela De Laurentiis is an Italian American chef, writer, television personality, and the current host of the Food Network programs Everyday Italian.she is simply awesome.
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