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“Giada in Italy”
Sunday, July 19 at 11 AM ET/PT on Food Network
There are certain places on earth that tug at the heart and draw you back time and again, for Giada De Laurentiis that place is Italy. Rich in culture and character, Italy is the place that shaped Giada’s sensibility and sparked her culinary passion. Now, she embraces the future by reconnecting with the past, returning to where it all began. This series follows Giada back to her birthplace for an extended holiday, as she revisits family, friends, and the flavors that inspired her life’s work.
Emmy Award-winning personality 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, food products and recurring role on TODAY.
Born in Rome, Giada grew up in a large Italian family where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself. In this series, Giada prepares meals at her family’s holiday home in Italy.
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. She subsequently returned to Los Angeles, where her training included positions at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Fine Dining Room and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills. She later founded GDL Foods, a catering company in Los Angeles.