Unspoken Truths About Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis
Matt Lauer couldn’t eat food cooked by Giada De Laurentiis
The chances are that if you’re a chef, you want people to eat – and enjoy – your food. Sadly, Giada De Laurentiis was in for a surprise when she appeared on ‘The Today Show’ alongside Matt Lauer. The pair were live on air when Matt grabbed a mouthful of the chef’s seared chicken. However, the news anchor quickly ran off the set to spit the bite into the trash.
The Food Network Canada later reported that the dish was merely for show, meaning the chicken wasn’t cooked all the way through and wasn’t safe to eat. That didn’t stop Giada from feeling pretty embarrassed about the entire event. Thankfully, she seems to have put it behind her as Giada’s appeared on the show on several occasions since.
Nicole Kidman spit out Giada De Laurentiis’ food on The Ellen Show
As if one event wasn’t enough, Giada De Laurentiis had another embarrassing moment when she appeared on ‘The Ellen Show.’ Here, the chef cooked alongside the host and special guest Nicole Kidman as Giada revealed some of her secrets from the kitchen. However, Harper’s Bazaar reported that things quickly took a turn.
To start, Giada shaded Nicole when she asked if she had ever made “anything” after her risotto balls failed. Several comments and plenty of eye rolls later, and Giada served up her dish. Nicole stated the food was “tough” before she elegantly spat it out into the trash. While it might have seemed like nothing much at the time, it made for some pretty awkward viewing for fans at home.
The celebrity chef has her own dump bucket by her side
Many cooking shows follow the same format. They see the chef cook up something delicious as they take us through each stage, step by step. They usually taste their food along the way and finish the entire show by eating a mouthful of their meal. That is unless your name is Giada De Laurentiis. It’s reported the chef actually has a dump bucket by her side throughout the entire thing.
An insider opened up about the alleged bucket in an interview with Page Six in 2014. They claim that whenever Giada has to eat or drink anything on set, she waits for the cameras to stop rolling before spitting it all out into a bucket. That’s when Giada is the one actually eating the food.
It’s claimed that Giada De Laurentiis uses a stand-in for shots of her eating
The alleged dump bucket isn’t the only way that Giada supposedly gets out of eating on her show. The insider also told Page Six that some shots of the chef eating her food aren’t actually Giada. They claim that an assistant will sometimes stand in for close-up shots of eating food.
Then, Giada supposedly returns to the set and poses with an empty fork in her mouth to make it look as though it was her all along. Giada’s response? A spokesperson for the chef denied that Giada “never” eats and says there’s a good reason for the bucket and stand-in. They say that Giada can’t be expected to eat food for every take, or she’ll eat too much throughout the day.
It seems that Giada De Laurentiis avoids food at most times in her life
All of the rumors meant Giada De Laurentiis had to speak up to put them to rest. She spoke to Health, where Giada confessed that she prefers to “eat a little bit of everything” rather than “a lot of anything.” However, she went back on her word when Giada spoke to Delish further down the line.
Here, the chef stated that she eats brown rice for breakfast before enjoying salad and grilled chicken for lunch. So which one is it? Does Giada eat everything, or does she prefer to snack on things here and there? Whatever the case, it’s made some people question if Giada is advocating a healthy lifestyle or if she’s promoting the exact opposite to her fans.
Giada De Laurentiis never wanted to be a celebrity chef
Some of us know what we want to do from the very beginning. Others? Their plans change a little along the way. It appears that Giada De Laurentiis always wanted to work in food, but she once had very different ideas about her career. It turns out that Giada was helping a friend at a food shoot for a magazine.
Giada had always wanted to be a food stylist, so she was eager to help out on the set. That was until the magazine learned about Giada’s story and her famous family. They ran an article about it all before the Food Network learned about Giada and offered the chef a chance to appear in her own cooking show. The rest is history!
Target had to recall many of Giada De Laurentiis’ lasagna pans
Giada De Laurentiis has grown such a brand for herself that she’s even branched into making her own line of cookware. The chef teamed up with Target in 2010 as they worked together to create a line of specialty foods and cookware exclusive to their stores. Things were going well for the first three years, but that all changed when the US Consumer Product Safety Commission got involved.
They recalled a staggering 150,000 Giada lasagna pans as people reported “breaking or cracking during normal use.” Some even claimed they suffered “cuts and lacerations” as a result of Giada’s pans. It might not have been the chef’s direct fault, but many were quick to place the blame on Giada herself.
Giada De Laurentiis doesn’t want her fans to touch her at all
If there’s one thing that most of us could do without, it’s random people getting a little too close for comfort. It turns out that Giada De Laurentiis is no exception as the chef would love to keep her distance. The chef claims that many people get over-excited when they see her in the flesh. According to the New York Daily News, that doesn’t sit well with Giada.
The report claims that Giada hates it when her fans touch her and would much rather sign an autograph or pose for a distanced photo with people. Hugs, handshakes, and anything else that’s a little too close would all be off the cards if it were up to Giada. Fans should probably take note.
The celebrity chef once spilled a family’s entire Thanksgiving dinner
Being a celebrity chef doesn’t mean that things have always been smooth for Giada. During an interview with The Feast, the chef confessed that she can still remember one of the most embarrassing moments of her career. Giada explained that she was just out of culinary school when she landed one of her first gigs: cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a family at their home.
The problem? Giada wasn’t used to working with animals. Apparently, she forgot all about the family’s large dog, who was sleeping on the floor. Giada loaded the turkey onto the platter before she tripped over the dog and sent the food flying. Sadly, the dog got to the turkey before there was anything Giada could do.
Giada De Laurentiis had a brutal childhood nickname for many years
It can be tough to think of a world that doesn’t have people tripping over themselves to compliment Giada De Laurentiis. Sadly, it seems that the world wasn’t always so kind to Giada. The chef struggled to make friends when she was a child, especially thanks to her brutal childhood nickname. Giada told The Chew that kids often referred to her as “Jabba the Hutt.”
No, it wasn’t because Giada had a certain look or she really liked the sci-fi franchise ‘Star Wars.’ It turns out that ‘Star Wars’ was new on the scene, and many kids in the neighborhood thought that “Giada” and “Jabba” sounded pretty similar. It wasn’t long before the name stuck, and the chef was left pretty upset.
The chef was bullied for many years throughout her childhood
Although Giada De Laurentiis now lives in California – and has done for many years – that wasn’t always the case. The chef was actually born in Italy. Giada was born and raised in Rome, where she lived with her show biz family as her dad was a producer and actor, while her mom worked as an actress. Many other members of Giada’s family also worked on movies and TV shows.
However, the chef was more inspired by the flavors and food around her and still uses her Italian roots to help create most of her recipes. Her upbringing meant that Giada barely spoke English by the time her family relocated to the States. Apparently, students at school used to use this against the youngster.
Giada De Laurentiis was one of the first to talk about Mario Batali’s alleged behavior
Mario Batali was once one of the Food Network’s leading stars. That was until several accusations were made against the chef in relation to his inappropriate behavior. Many women stepped forward to talk about Mario’s behavior, including Giada De Laurentiis, who became one of the first Food Network stars to speak out against the chef.
However, some people were concerned about the way Giada later commented on the behavior. In an interview with a podcast, Giada said Mario was “a very charismatic person” who would drink “too much.” In an interview with TMZ, Giada also grinned as she said, “What has to happen, happens” when talking about the repercussions of Mario’s behavior. Some believe that Giada was trying to make excuses for Mario.
It’s thought Rosie O’Donnell deliberately left Giada off the guestlist
It’s no secret that Rosie O’Donnell has made a few enemies over the years. Could Giada De Laurentiis really be one on the list? That’s what some people think. Giada’s current partner, Shane Farley, supposedly helped Rosie with her talk show. In 2016, Radar Online reported that Shane was invited to a swanky private party with other colleagues from the show.
However, Rosie supposedly didn’t want anyone to bring a plus one. A source claimed that Giada didn’t care about the rules as she planned to go anyway, but the source believes it would have been “a huge mistake.” They even added that “She isn’t welcome” as Gida “never worked on her show,” and being famous didn’t earn her an instant ticket to the party.
Giada De Laurentiis will never get over losing to Rachael Ray
If there is one thing that Giada De Laurentiis doesn’t like, it’s losing – apparently. Things came to a head in 2006 when Gaida and Rachael appeared on ‘Iron Chef America.’ Giada later told Hamptons magazine that it’s a moment that will “bother me” until the day she passes. Before their time on the competition show, Giada had appeared on ‘The Rachael Ray Show’ six times.
However, she didn’t reappear on the talk show for seven years, leading many to think there was beef between the pair. Both have said there is no such thing. In fact, Giada told People that they’re not best friends, but Rachael would often say they needed to take a photo together or people would think they were feuding.
The celebrity chef knows what she’d eat as her last meal on Earth
Giada De Laurentiis has worked with many flavors and ingredients over the years. It might be no surprise the chef knows what she would eat as her last meal, even if most people think it would be something different. Giada loves to showcase her Italian roots in her recipes. Perhaps she would want some pasta or mixed vegetables for her final meal?
Oh no, Giada says that she would enjoy a seven-layer chocolate cake instead. In fact, the chef even has a plan. She told Health magazine that she would eat all of the frosting on the outside of the cake before peeling each layer apart and enjoying every mouthful. Has Giada thought about her last meal a little too much?
Giada De Laurentiis cleanses her diet by eating pasta and chocolate
There have been plenty of rumors about Giada De Laurentiis skipping out on food to try and keep in shape. They make it even more surprising that the chef has her own unique way to cleanse her diet. Apparently, Giada loves to return to her Italian roots whenever she wants to strip things back a little.
According to Delish, Giada tries to stick to whole foods now and then, including whole wheat noodles and chocolate mousse. They claim the chef also eats healthy fats while staying away from dairy, refined sugars, and adult beverages. It might not be the typical cleanse that most of us think of, but it’s one that plenty would be able to stick to at home.
It’s thought Todd Thompson wanted to be in the limelight
The breakdown of Giada De Laurentiis’ marriage was the talk of the town as everyone wanted to know what went so wrong between the pair. Many people turned to the marriage itself to see if they could find some answers. That’s when people came across an interview Giada gave to Redbook in 2009.
The chef confessed she and Todd Thompson would take turns to be in the limelight. Giada said she had been there to help him get his foot in the door of fame before she needed his support to help get her career off the ground. However, Giada also admitted there “have to be times” that everything is about Todd, and she was nothing more than “Todd’s wife.”
Rumors say it was Giada De Laurentiis’ fame that broke her marriage
It didn’t take long for Giada’s career to take off. Her deal with the Food Network was just the beginning as the chef continued to build an impressive brand for herself. Her cookbooks, cookware, and cooking lessons were just the beginning as Giada earned thousands of fans worldwide. It’s rumored this could have been the beginning of the end of her marriage to Todd Thompson.
Giada quickly became the more famous of the pair, something that could have upset Todd. After all, he also wanted his design work to take off and make a name for himself in the limelight. Perhaps Giada getting all the attention was enough to rub him up the wrong way? The couple has never confirmed the rumors.
Giada De Laurenttis’ brother lost his life to melanoma
Tragedy struck Giada and her family in 2003 when they learned her younger brother, Dino, had lost his life. He was just 31 years old when melanoma took Dino’s life. The chef opened up about her close relationship with her brother to ET as Giada confessed they would talk two or three times a day.
Apparently, Dino had been there through all the ups and downs in her life. Dino’s passing was enough to inspire Giada to talk about the dangers of skin cancer. She told the world that Dino’s mole was in the middle of his back, meaning he didn’t notice anything was wrong for months. Things could have ended so differently if the illness had been caught sooner.
Losing her brother inspired Giada De Laurentiis to have children
Sometimes, it can take a life-changing moment to put things into perspective. That was the case for Giada De Laurentiis. The chef was still young when she lost her brother. In 2009, Giada told Redbook that Dino’s passing was the thing that inspired her to welcome a child into the world. She claimed that Dino had always wanted to have children of his own.
Tragically, he lost his life before he got the chance. Giada said that she didn’t want to waste her life and never achieve her dreams. Although she confessed that Dino’s passing made her afraid she could lose her child too, Giada wanted to fulfill her dreams. The chef and Todd Thomspon welcomed their daughter in March 2008.
Giada De Laurentiis named her daughter, Jade, after herself
Several families have their own traditions when it comes to naming their children. Some are inspired by other members of their family, while others have traditions when it comes to the order of their children. Whatever the case, not everyone thinks about their own name when it comes to choosing one for their child.
However, that’s just what Giada De Laurentiis did when she welcomed her first and only daughter. She Knows claims that “Giada” actually stands for “Jade” in Italian. That was supposedly all the inspiration needed to name her daughter as the chef settled on Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson. There have been mixed opinions about the decision behind Jade’s name, but the pair seem to be happy with the choice.
Some rumors think Todd Thompson wanted more children while Giada didn’t
Jade is the first and only child Giada has welcomed into the world. The chef has been open about the fact that she doesn’t plan on welcoming any more little ones into her family. According to Giada, she already has plenty of babies, including her former husband and her show. Giada also told The Cut that she wanted to be there to see Jade grow up.
With so many things on her plate, the chef just doesn’t have time to dedicate to another baby. There are speculations that this could have caused friction within her marriage to Todd Thompson. Some people believe that he wanted more children in the future, while Giada had publicly made her feelings on the matter very clear.
Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were close throughout Giada’s marriage
There have been plenty of rumors about what really caused Giada De Laurentiis and Todd Thompson to go their separate ways. One of the many on the list is the chef’s relationship with Bobby Flay. Sure, people can have friends, but how close were the pair? Some people think that Bobby could have been the real reason the couple ended up filing for a divorce.
Giada and Bobby became good friends thanks to their time on the Food Network. They both rose to fame around the same time and have even appeared on several shows together. Giada has even gone as far as to say that Bobby is a friend that she can “call in a pinch,” and he will always “get you out of it.”
Various reports claim that Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were having an affair
Of course, it didn’t take long for people to put things together and come up with their own answers. Several people thought the real reason that Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay were so close is that they were actually having an affair. Page Six reported the couple was seen on a drink-fuelled night on the town a few days before Giada announced her divorce.
Radar Online also ran the story many months later. They claimed the pair were spotted “carving their initials” into a secret spot on a wall, embracing in plenty of PDAs, and having an intimate dinner date. Although there were several stories, no one seemed to have more than rumors to prove the couple was secretly dating.
Both Bobby and Giada deny an affair, but they both split around the same time
It didn’t take long for Giada and Bobby’s reps to jump on the stories and deny anything took place between the pair. According to Giada’s camp, the chef was at dinner with her agent when Bobby walked into the same restaurant with some of his friends. They told E! News that Bobby said “hello” to his friends and then returned to his own table.
Bobby’s reps also confirmed the story. However, it was the timing of Giada and Bobby’s split from their respective partners that really got people talking. Giada announced she was divorcing Todd Thompson on her social media. A few months later, Bobby confessed that he and his wife, Stephanie March, had decided to go their separate ways.
There are reports that Giada De Laurentiis had several affairs throughout her marriage
Rumors were flying everywhere after the world thought Giada De Laurentiis had been dating Bobby Flay throughout her marriage. However, he wasn’t the only one on the growing list of subjects. Closer Weekly claimed the chef grew close to news anchor Matt Lauer after working together in 2011. Page Six later reported the couple enjoyed a “cozy” dinner, but Giada and Matt both denied the allegations.
HuffPost also had some fingers to point as they claimed the chef had once been romantically linked to John Meyer. Apparently, the pair had met the musician a couple of times at public events. Although Giada denied anything happened, she said the rumors about her alleged cheating took a huge toll on her marriage.
Various people claim Shane Farley is the reason Giada divorced Todd Thompson
It seems as though Giada De Laurentiis has never been able to escape rumors of her infidelity. Some people believe the chef was actually dating her current beau, Shane Farely, while she was still married to Todd Thompson. Shane met the chef while working as a producer on one of Giada’s shows with Bobby Flay in 2013.
Although the show never made it to air, it was enough to see sparks fly between the producer and the chef. Shane later told People that Giada is “warm and absolutely beautiful” after they announced their relationship. However, Giada is adamant that their relationship didn’t start until after her “rest and reset” period following her divorce. Only the couple knows the real truth of their relationship timeline.
Shane Farley is close to Giada De Laurentiis’ daughter Jade
The chef has been open about her close relationship with her daughter, Jade. Giada regularly uploads photos of the pair to her social media and has even spoken about Jade in a handful of her shows. It must have been a huge relief when Shane Farley took Jade on like one of his own. The producer spoke about their new relationship in an interview with People.
He admitted that Jade already has “two amazing parents,” meaning he can join her life “without any pressure.” Throughout the entire interview, Shane had nothing but kind things to say about Jade and how she was raised. Thankfully, Jade seems to feel the same way as she apparently asks Shane all about his time behind the scenes.
Some reports claim that Giada has already been unfaithful to Shane Farley
Throughout the years, all of the rumors mean that Giada De Laurentiis has earned a reputation for being unfaithful – even though the chef has never confirmed anything and there has never been any concrete proof. That hasn’t stopped several people from wondering if Giada has been totally faithful to Shane Farley all these years.
According to Radar Online, Giada was spotted at a private club with actor and model Kevin Navayne. The report claims the pair shared “the smallest table near the bar.” It also states that Giada and Kevin were whispering into each other’s ears and speaking close together. So far, it seems this is nothing more than gossip as Shane and Giada still appear to be going strong.
Todd Thompson got to keep a chunk of Giada De Laurentiis’ empire in the divorce
Not having a prenup can cause a lot of trouble when two people file for a divorce. Sadly, Giada De Laurentiis and Todd Thompson never signed one, meaning Todd walked away with a small chunk of the chef’s empire after the split. TMZ reports that Todd could have pocketed as much as $300,000 and got to keep the pair’s $3.2 million house.
The report even states that Giada pays $9,000 a month for child support, even though they have joint custody of Jade. Although the chef got to keep all the profit from her then up and coming cookbooks, the same couldn’t be said for the ones already on the shelf. TMZ claims that Todd is entitled to up to 50% of the profits.