by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 1st, 2017
by Rachel Trujillo in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, March 27th, 2017
One half of the esteemed judge-mentor duo on Food Network Star, Giada De Laurentiis is no stranger to evaluating chefs. She’s quick to offer feedback to competitors, in terms of their work both on the plate and on camera. But when judging Iron Chef Gauntlet Sunday night, her sole focus was the food, as she and Iron Chef Marc Forgione came together to oversee Battle Octopus and ultimately decide whether Chef Shota Nakajima or Chef Michael Gulotta would earn the right to advance to next week’s competition.
We checked in with Giada after the battle, and though one rival was forced to go home (check out Chef Gulotta’s exit interview here), and she was indeed pleased with both competitors’ offerings. “Those guys can cook,” she said simply. “I just about cleaned every dish.” Read on below to hear more from Giada to find out why she was “a tiny bit intimidated” on that judges’ panel, and get her take on what went down the last time she was in the world of Iron Chef, when she competed in Battle Cranberry on Iron Chef America.
Did being on set bring back any flashbacks to Battle Cranberry, in which you competed with Iron Chef Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America?
Giada De Laurentiis: In those kinds of competitions, it’s all a matter of opinion. And it’s [a few] people’s opinion on your food. It might be fantastic, but [if] they don’t like it, they don’t like it. … Standing there, listening to criticism, looking at my dish and thinking, “Well, I think they’re pretty good zeppole with cranberry inside, and I think the texture’s fantastic.” I think that I had made pumpkin ravioli with amaretti cookies on top in a brown butter [sauce] with sage. And one of the judges didn’t like the amaretti cookies; they didn’t think that it should be with pumpkin ravioli. And I’m like: “Of course, it should. It is classic Italian. The mixtures work perfectly together.” He didn’t like them. So what happened? Bobby and I lost.
by Maria Russo in Events, Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2016
While Italian comfort food seems to fit the winter bill, Giada De Laurentiis proves that there are some fresher takes that are prefect for our transition into spring. By incorporating seasonal produce like artichokes, asparagus and strawberries — and balancing them out with hearty ingredients like ciabatta bread, mascarpone and bowtie pasta — she bridges the winter-spring gap seamlessly.
Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast
In place of the usual ham, try introducing a pork roast to your Easter dinner menu this year. This one is blanketed with crispy pancetta, which means it’s certainly not lacking for flavor.
by Nora Horvath in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 22nd, 2016
If the Italian feasts you know and love are reminiscent of lively parties full of friends, a bounty of pasta and pizza, and a seemingly never-ending flow of wine, you’ll be happy to know that the Italian Table that Giada De Laurentiis hosted on Thursday night was just like that — only her bash featured hundreds of guests and dozens of dishes. (They needed more than one table.)
Giada kicked off the ninth-annual New York City Wine & Food Festival in true big-city fashion, bringing together chefs and restaurateurs for the ultimate rooftop soiree at Pier 92, located high atop Manhattan’s Midtown. While guests enjoyed such savory and sweet bites as squid-laced pasta, chicken Parm-meatball combos and creamy panna cotta, Giada mingled with fans and took pictures with partygoers while wood-burning ovens blazed in the background.
Instead of delivering the usual red-sauce staples, chefs dished out inventive, surprising dishes, including a muffuletta sandwich, a super-spicy pizza and a seasonal panna cotta dessert. Check out 10 top bites of the night.
by Kristina Bornholtz in Community, Food Network Chef, Shows, May 22nd, 2016
We love coming home to a big bowl of pasta at the end of a long day, but during the hotter months our go-to cream sauces and baked pasta casseroles feel too heavy for steamy summer nights. To satisfy your carb cravings at this time of year, stick with Giada De Laurentiis’ best recipes for fresh, veggie-focused pastas that are refreshing and surprisingly light.
Pasta Ponza (pictured above)
Baking juicy tomatoes with tangy capers gives this dish bold flavors, while a breadcrumb crust delivers a satisfying crispy bite.
by Maria Russo in Events, February 26th, 2016
It’s that time of year again! That’s right, tonight (9|8c) marks the return of Food Network Star. Season 12 promises fierce competition, crazy challenges and the best contestants yet. And to add to the excitement, mentor Giada De Laurentiis is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.
For 24 hours only, you can get totally exclusive content to get you prepped for this season. We’ve got a special Q&A with Giada, a one-on-one tutorial for one of her favorite recipes and the audition tapes of this year’s contestants. So yeah, you’re going to want to see this.
by Maria Russo in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2016
Think beyond burgers, chicken tenders and frozen cocktails because when Giada throws a beach party, the name of the game is Italian fare. She kicked off the South Beach Wine & Food Festival last night with Italian Bites on the Beach, a seaside soiree worthy of the festival’s landmark 15th anniversary. Featuring everything from pasta and pizza to sweet tiramisu-inspired treats and flowing red wine, this sold-out event brought together chefs from across the country for an evening of walk-around tastings and dancing in the sand to a live band.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 15th, 2015
Though the holidays have come and gone, there’s no reason to stop entertaining at home. In fact, on her brand-new series, Giada Entertains, Sundays at 11a|10c, Giada De Laurentiis will show you just how easy and enjoyable it can be to host celebrations big and small, for special occasions and anytime get-togethers alike. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada to find out more about her penchant for party planning and to learn just which of her events she credits with being the most memorable. Read on below for an exclusive interview with Giada and learn her go-to tips on how to shop for your next party.
What do you hope fans learn from Giada Entertains?
Giada De Laurentiis: That all it takes to throw a great party is a little creativity.
Tell us a bit about your passion for parties. How did you come to enjoy entertaining so much?
GDL: Through my family. Italians love to entertain and to cook for our families. It’s how we show people we love them — through the food.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 10th, 2015
If the mere thought of opening up your home to guests and hosting a party sends chills down your spine, you’re not alone. But it doesn’t have to be all work and no play for you as the host. On her all-new series Giada Entertains, Giada De Laurentiis is out to prove that throwing a party can be downright easy — and also enjoyable for both you and your guests. All you need are a few good-to-know strategies and tried-and-true recipes, which Giada is set to share.
Premiering Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at 11a|10c, Giada Entertains proves that the season of celebration doesn’t have to end with the holidays. No matter if you’re inviting the gals over for a casual night in or you’re gathering fellow football fans for a tailgate of epic proportions, Giada has the tricks to help you execute the party with ease. In each episode she’ll dish out crowd-pleasing eats and drinks, as well as offer her secrets for setting up and maintaining the best vibe for the event you’re hosting. With her simple how-tos in your back pocket, you’ll not only feel comfortable entertaining but also look forward to it.
by Maria Russo in Books, Contests, Food Network Chef, November 2nd, 2015
There’s no shortage of to-dos when it comes to holiday party planning, so if you can find a way to make meal prep easier before the event, all the better. On her brand-new series Giada’s Holiday Handbook (Sundays at 11a|10c), Giada De Laurentiis is sharing her tried-and-true tips and techniques to entertain with ease this season, plus her best crowd-pleasing recipes for guaranteed party success. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada about what it takes to successfully prep some of the dishes ahead of time, and it turns out that it’s not only possible, but also simple.
“Any kind of baked pasta can be assembled ahead and then pulled out to bake whenever you are ready,” she told us. Meats, too, are go-to picks. Giada explained: “Braised dishes are always better the next day too. Think stews or my braised lamb osso buco or braised short ribs. Do them a day or two ahead, and you just have to gently rewarm when the guests arrive.”
Given the hectic rush of your kids’ after-school activities, the demands of your late-hours job and even the simple fatigue from the day-to-day hustle and bustle, it can seem nearly impossible to turn out any homemade meals for your family, let alone ones that are good for you. But Giada De Laurentiis is out to prove just the opposite. In her brand-new cookbook, Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count … Without Stressing Out, she’ll show just how easy it can be not only to work healthy, wholesome meal prep into your daily routine but to enjoy the process of doing so as well.
Giada knows a thing or two about this all-important balancing act. When she’s not starring on Food Network Star or hosting Giada in Italy or Giada’s Holiday Handbook (premiering Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11a|10c), she’s likely in Las Vegas overseeing her premiere restaurant, Giada, or at home with her young daughter, so you can be sure that the tips, techniques and recipes she introduces in this all-in-one lifestyle book are not only inspired but also tried-and-true. In Happy Cooking you’ll be able to find almost 200 recipes, including wake-up-worthy breakfasts like granola and lemony pancakes, hearty fare like lasagna, and snacks for anytime, plus helpful how-tos for entertaining during the holiday season.