Giada De Laurentiis
Giada early years
Giada De Laurentiis comes from a business family. Her mom, Veronica De Laurentiis, is an actress, and her dad, Alex De Benedetti, is an actor and producer. Her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, was a famous film producer and her grandmother, Silvana Mangano, was a popular Italian movie star.
Movin to the USA
At the age of 7, De Laurentiis moved to the United States. She and her family soon settled in Los Angeles. De Laurentiis did not receive the warmest of welcomes in her new country. She didn't speak a word of English, "so the kids at school tormented me," she later explained. "It was horrifying the names they called me, and the teachers never really did a thing to stop it."
In 1996, De Laurentiis graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology. But she eventually decided to follow her heart back to the kitchen. Moving to Paris, De Laurentiis studied at Le Cordon Bleu, the famed cooking school. She then returned to Los Angeles, where she worked for two prestigious restaurants: the Ritz Carlton Fine Dining Room and Wolfgang Puck's Spago.
De Laurentiis branched out on her own, starting a catering company called GDL Foods. She landed some famous clients, including director Ron Howard, and developed a thriving business. On the side, De Laurentiis also worked as a food stylist.