Giada De Laurentiis

American television chef and food writer

Giada Pamela De Laurentiis is an Italian-American chef and host for Food Network TV shows. She was born on August 22, 1970. She is the granddaughter of movie director Dino De Laurentiis.[1] She was born in Rome and grew up in Los Angeles.

Giada De Laurentiis
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Born (1970-08-22) August 22, 1970 (age 49)
EmployerFood Network
Spouse(s)Todd Thompson (2003-Present)
ChildrenJade Marie

De Laurentiis studied at Le Cordon Bleu[2] in Paris, France.

On May 25, 2003, she married Todd Thompson. The two had been dating since July 1989. The couple's only child is Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson. She was born on March 29, 2008.[3] On December 29, 2014, De Laurentiis announced on her website that she and Todd separated in July, and have decided to end their marriage.[4]

In 2008, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host.

She is also the voice of "Paulette", a character on the animated children's show Handy Manny.


  1. Tullio Kezich and Alessandra Levantesi, "Dino: The Life and Films of Dino De Laurentiis", Miramax 2004, ISBN 0-7868-6902-X
  2. "Giada at Home". Food Network. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  3. Jordan, Julie. "Giada De Laurentis Welcomes a Baby Girl!", People, March 30, 2008.
  4. De Laurentiis, Giada (December 29, 2014). "Statement from Giada". GDL Foods. Retrieved December 30, 2014.