As a child, Giada often found herself in the family's kitchen and spent a great deal of time at her grandfather's restaurant, DDL Foodshow. After her parents' divorce, Giada and her siblings moved to Southern California, where they took their mother's surname. After returning to the United States, she became a professional chef working in several Los Angeles restaurants, notably the Wolfgang Puck -owned Spago. When the program first aired, the Food Network received mail accusing the network of hiring a model or actress pretending to cook instead of a real chef. The program examines the catering process behind big event extravaganzas such as the Grammy Awards.
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Illustration From its early days as a home for beloved, if traditional, "stand-and-stir" instructional cooking programs to the pop culture behemoth it's become, the Food Network has never not been interesting. The cable network, which just celebrated its 25th birthday, has spent a quarter-century introducing the world to the foodie movement, making superstars out of chefs and home cooks alike, and inspiring home cooks to be a little more adventurous in their own kitchens. And along the way, it's also generated its fair share of headlines. But what you don't know about the network, the little secrets and fascinating facts that have piled up over the past 25 years, just might be enough to eclipse all the entertainment Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and the rest of the gang have cooked up for us.
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Share this article Share The photo was flagged up on Twitter by the hosts of the Today show, where Ms De Laurentiis regularly appears as a contributor and guest co-host. Fans have taken to the comments section to react to the photo, remarking on the chef's bravery for sharing what must be an embarrassing memory. Not so awkward anymore: In fact, when she first began hosting Everyday Italian, Food Network received mail accusing them of hiring a model instead of a real chef pictured: Giada at an event in Miami on February 23 Multitalented: