14 things about Giada De Laurentiis you probably never knew

by Cailyn Cox
May 16, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. ET
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Giada De Laurentiis is beautiful and talented, but there's a lot more to her that you probably don't know. 

1 /14: First restaurant

1/14 :First restaurant

She opened her first restaurant, Giada, in Las Vegas in 2014 — and it's been uphill since then.

2/14 :UCLA graduate

She makes the most delicious food, but she also has a degree in social anthropology from UCLA.

3 /14: Best-selling author

3/14 :Best-selling author

She's a The New York Times best-selling author, with her books like Feel Good Food and Everyday Italian.

4 /14: Pastry chef dreams

4/14 :Pastry chef dreams

Before she was a Food Network star, De Laurentiis enrolled in Paris' prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu.

5 /14: Cooked for famous people

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5/14 :Cooked for famous people

Among the famous faces De Laurentiis has cooked for are the British royal family

6 /14: She's anti-social

6/14 :She's anti-social

She really doesn't like touchy-feely fans. In fact, it's the hardest part of her job. 

7 /14: Married a fashion designer

7/14 :Married a fashion designer

She married fashion designer Todd Thompson in 2003, but after 11 years together the pair called it quits.

8/14 :Daughter's name

However, they share a daughter, Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson, and "Giada" is the Italian word for "Jade."

9 /14: Oxfam

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9/14 :Oxfam

She also does a lot of good and is a celebrity ambassador for the international relief organization Oxfam.

10 /14: Showbiz parents

10/14 :Showbiz parents

She comes from a showbiz family: both her mother, Veronica De Laurentiis, and father, Alex De Benedetti, are actors.

11 /14: Famous grandfather

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11/14 :Famous grandfather

According to TV Guide, she's also the granddaughter of Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis.

12 /14: Tormented as a child

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12/14 :Tormented as a child

When she moved from Italy to the U.S. at age 7, De Laurentiis was tormented by other children

13 /14: Olive oil skin care

13/14 :Olive oil skin care

According to Celebrity Toob, De Laurentiis uses a mixture of olive oil and baking soda to keep her skin clear. 

14 /14: Tried her hand at acting

14/14 :Tried her hand at acting

De Laurentiis is a multitalented woman who has also voiced a character for the animated show Handy Manny