During one extraordinary episode of the cooking show “Iron Chef America,” Giada showed up to battle it out with fellow TV chef Bobby Flay. The two were thrilled to be cast into the project together since they were good friends – that is, until the show, anyway. Giada takes her cooking – and her competition – very seriously.
Maybe, a little too seriously, since she refused to talk to Flay for over eight months after they lost against Rachael Ray and Mario Batali. She blamed her co-chef for the loss, and things went south fast.
Her First Show
The first venture that Giada had with the Food Network was her show, "Everyday Italian," which premiered in 2003. The show focuses on sharing her updates to old family recipes and culinary secrets while showing viewers how to easily put together satisfying weeknight meals that can please two or an entire crowd.
She has since described the first season as “horrible,” but only because she was so nervous to start filming! When they offered her the gig, she wasn’t initially thrilled. In fact, she turned it down before accepting. So what was it that changed her mind, then?
A Big Year
Giada certainly had a ton of stuff going on in 2003! Not only was she appearing on TV for the very first time in her own major network cooking show, but she was also making another serious change in her life. By that point, she and Todd Thompson had been together for a decade when they decided it was time to tie the knot.
Giada loved cooking him his favorite meals. Can you imagine having a professional chef around who likes to cook for you just to make you happy? Unfortunately, the honeymoon phase wouldn’t last forever.
Out of the Public Eye
It must be pretty hard to be a celebrity and have people all up in your business everywhere you go, no matter what you’re trying to do. This would be especially true when it comes to maintaining a romantic relationship, which takes an enormous amount of effort, even without the added stress of paparazzi and mobs of people.
That’s why Giada, like so many celebrities, tries her best to keep her private life private. She did just that during her relationship with Todd Thompson, but it wasn’t always easy.
While Giada may be known for her incredible Italian cooking, her bubbly, wide smile is another of her trademarks. But she wasn’t always so comfortable on camera, and being so extroverted on camera wasn’t something that came easy to her at the beginning of her career on Food Network.
She was so focused on her cooking and trying to think about what she said that she didn’t smile very much. Producers had to remind her to do so, no matter how she happened to be feeling during filming. She’s obviously grown much more comfortable in time.