Giada De Laurentiis is one of the most popular culinary geniuses on the food network. She has achieved great success and has a deserved reputation in the industry. However, there have been rumors spreading about her personal life, like her extramarital relationships with co-stars of the Food Network. So what is the truth? What is her life really like when the cameras are turned off? Read on and check out the truth.
1. Giada's First Relationship
Giada De Laurentiis started her first relationship in the early 2000s when Todd Thompson, a famous fashion designer, entered her life. They seemed to be in a loving relationship and lived a happy life together for a decade. However, in 2014, Giada announced to her fans that she had split with Todd, and their marriage was officially ended in 2015. Why did they break up?
Although there has been no concrete reason given as to why they divorced, the affair rumors have always surrounded De Laurentiis. Her touchy-feely camaraderie with Today host, Matt Lauer, has led to rampant speculation that the two have been carrying on an affair for years. The same goes for Bobby Flay, De Laurentiis' kitchen contemporary and frequent collaborator. Still, no proof has ever surfaced.
3. New Love
Soon after ending the marriage with Todd, Giada started dating the executive producer of FABLife, Shane Farley. Fans discovered that Shane had also worked in the food world just like Giada, as he was once the producer of Rachel Ray’s cooking show and The Tony Danza show in 2004.
4. She's Been Dating Shane Farley For Longer Than She's Said
However, rumors said that the two actually started dating while Giada was still married, as De Laurentiis showed up on two shows that Farley had produced. So they presumably knew each other as early as 2011.
5. Is She Cheating On Shane Farley Already?
When she dated with Shane, rumors were still flying. She was seen having dinner at "a swanky private club in NYC" with model/actor Kevin Navayne. They supposedly shared "the smallest table near the bar," and were "speaking very closely together, and whispering in each other's ears," according to an eyewitness. This news seemed not to affect the relationship between her and Shane though.
6. A devoted And Loving Mother
Although De Laurentiis was stuck in the rumor mill, she's undeniably a good mother. She has only one child, Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson with her ex, who was born in 2008, and so named after her mother. "Jade" in Italian translates to “Giada.” Jade has become the main focus of De Laurentiis since she was born. For the most part, Giada wants to provide the best life possible for her and her daughter. She has stated that one is enough and she won't be having any more kids.
7. An Impressive Net Worth
After the divorce with her ex, she had to pay him $9000 a month in child support, but it seems as if she has enough to cover those expenses. Giada is reportedly worth around $15 million. Besides the wealth brought by being a skilled chef, television presenter, and author, she has turned her hands to numerous business ventures that have resulted in pretty hefty net worth.
8. Her Dream Supports Her To Pursue The “Right” Thing
Giada was obsessed with cooking in her early life, but she didn't think the career in food was a real business. So she chose to study social anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her bachelor's degree in 1996 but knew that was not what she wanted from her life.
9. How Giada's Time In Paris Changed Her Forever
While she was studying social anthropology, Giada couldn’t take her mind off of food and cooking. She applied to study at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris where she had the opportunity to learn under some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and acquired the skills necessary to become a professional chef in the culinary world.
10. How Wolfgang Puck Launched Her Career
After learning new and exciting skills in Paris, Giada De Laurentiis returned to the United States. Before too long, she had made a name for herself within major restaurants in Los Angeles, including Spago – a high-profile restaurant owned by the one and only Wolfgang Puck. Giada changed her career direction slightly to become a food stylist for a magazine after several years of working on the restaurant circuit. But she didn't know this change would affect the rest of her life.
11. How She Impressed The Network
While working on an article for the favorite culinary magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, in 2002, she caught the attention of a Food Network executive who was impressed by her knowledge of Italian history and her cooking skills. As the network was looking to find an Italian chef for a new show, she was invited to give a demo. Nine months later, she was offered her very own show, and Everyday Italian was born.
12. She Is Not Just A One-Trick Pony
It is proven that Giada De Laurentiis had the great potential to be a successful television personality. Her Everyday Italian program made her well known by the public. But she is not just a one-trick pony. She has put her cooking talents to use on numerous TV shows throughout her career, including Behind the Bash, Giada’s Weekend Getaways, Handy Manny, and Pixie Hollow Bake Off.
13. Writing Made Her More Popular
Like many other chefs in the business, Giada De Laurentiis hasn’t just shown her culinary skills on camera. She has also put pen to paper and provided her fans with various cookbooks. She has released eight cooking books since 2005. Giada at Home and Weeknights with Giada have both reached the number one top spot in the New York Times Best Seller List.
14. She Won Award
Yet, Giada hasn’t just achieved two number one best-selling books. She also was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as an Outstanding Lifestyle Host and for a Gracie Award as the Best Television Host. She even was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012, something many budding chefs only dream of achieving. There is more than this!
15. She Created A Royal Menu
Giada actually has cooked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a royal visit to California. The menu featured Frico Cups with shrimp and avocado, as well as chicken and slaw.
16. A Personal Business
Although Giada loves being on screen and bringing the viewers tutorials of her homemade Italian cooking, she didn't think it's enough. In 2014, she decided to open a restaurant to bring her food even closer to her fans. She chose to set up the restaurant in Las Vegas. Overlooking the famous Bellagio Fountains and the notorious Caesars Palace, guests can dine in ‘GIADA’ style.
17. Giada Entertains
Giada's project also included television show Giada Entertains. She shares her tips on throwing parties and get-togethers by giving ideas about party themes and recipes in this project. In one episode, she plans a slumber party for her daughter Jade, and at the same time gives her fans a glimpse of her home life.
18. One Crucial Person For Giada's Success
It is necessary to mention one that Giada has influenced Giada a lot. He is Dino De Laurentiis, Giada's grandfather, and an esteemed Italian film producer, who helped bring Italian cinema to the forefront of Hollywood life and created over 500 movies during his career. Giada has learned so much about the world around her from her maternal grandfather.
19. Giada Maintained A Healthy Lifestyle
Giada was used to the pressure of wealth and fortune and developed a healthy lifestyle. She always makes sure that she saves time in her day to practice yoga. She will generally wake up early to start her day with stretching and breathing exercises and will try to fit a long walk along the beach if she has time.
20. She Shares The Secrets Of Being Slim
Giada revealed that the secrets of being slim are to manage what she eats. Although she cooks delicious homemade meals with yummy ingredients, she rarely eats her cooking! She takes a bite of her finished dishes for the sake of the camera but refuses to eat any more after the cameras stop rolling. She will only eat salads. She also carries around dark chocolate to nibble on if she ever gets any sweet cravings. Ever wonder why you become fat and the stars don’t?