Gino D'Acampo

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Gino D'Acampo
Born Gennaro D'Acampo
(1976-07-17) 17 July 1976 (age 38)
Naples, Italy
Spouse(s) Jessica Stellina Morrison (m. 2001)
Culinary career
Cooking style Italian cuisine
Website
Official website

Gino D'Acampo (born 17 July 1976) is an Italian-British celebrity chef and media personality, best known for his food-focused television shows and cookbooks

D'Acampo rose to fame after becoming a regular chef on the ITV lifestyle show This Morning. He has since presented cookery programmes including Let's Do Lunch, with Melanie Sykes and Gino's Italian Escape

Early life[edit]

Born in Naples, D'Acampo inherited his love of cooking from his grandfather who was head chef for Costa Cruises.

Career[edit]

In 1995, aged 19, D'Acampo moved to London to work in The Orchard Restaurant, Hampstead, London and the Cambio Restaurant in Guildford, Surrey. In 1998, D'Acampo was convicted of burgling the home of singer Paul Young and served two years in prison.[1]

D'Acampo co-owns Bontà Italia Ltd,a supplier of Italian ingredients and has a career in the development of ready meals, beginning with the Tesco Finest range. This experience led to his first engagement as a guest on Great Food Live on UKTV Food and began his television career.

Gino D'Acampo: My Pasta Bar restaurant opened at 42-43 Fleet Street, London on 31 July 2013.

Television[edit]

Presenting[edit]

D'Acampo appears regularly on This Morning. On 27 January 2011, D'Acampo cooked gammon and Italian mushy peas completely naked on This Morning following the show's success at the National Television Awards.

In August 2011, D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes began hosting the daytime chat show Let's Do Lunch With Gino and Mel as well as the Christmas version Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel

In 2011, D'Acampo presented a new ITV Food programme , There's No Taste Like Home, which aired in the 4 pm slot.

Since 13 September 2013, D'Acampo has presented primetime show Gino's Italian Escape on ITV.[2][3]

I'm a Celebrity[edit]

In 2009, D'Acampo was crowned King of the Jungle in the ninth series of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here! . After the show, he and fellow contestant Stuart Manning were charged by the Australian police with animal cruelty for killing and cooking a rat on the show. However, the charges were later dropped after ITV accepted responsibility for the incident.[4]

Guest appearances[edit]

Books[edit]

D'Acampo is the author of five books published by Kyle Cathie.

  • Fantastico! (2007)
  • Buonissimo! (2008)
  • The Italian Diet (2010)
  • Gino's Pasta (2011)
  • Italian Home Baking (2011)
  • Gino's Italian Escape (2013)

Other work[edit]

D'Acampo still stays true to simple Italian cuisine and often returns to the Luigi de Medici College to give talks to students and do live demonstrations. D'Acampo is a member of the Federazione Italiana Cuochi and the Associazione Professionale Cuochi Italiani. He was involved in the Gala Dinner for Luciano Pavarotti in 2002 and a private party for the Italian Ambassador.

D'Acampo currently hosts a Sunday afternoon cookery/discussion show on LBC 97.3.

D'Acampo launched his first iPhone app "Gino D'Acampo - Eating Italian" in 2010.[5]

Guinness World Records[edit]

D'Acampo is the current record holder for six Guinness World Records, most of which, he set or broke live on Let's Do Lunch.

  • On 2 September 2011, D'Acampo broke the Guinness World Record for "The most ravioli made in two minutes" making 22. This record was later broken by Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo, so on 25 July 2013, D'Acampo re-attempted the record and made 32.
  • On 10 August 2012, D'Acampo set the new Guinness World Record for "The most chocolate truffles made in two minutes".
  • On 31 August 2012, D'Acampo set the new Guinness World Record for "Running across custard for the longest time".
  • On 15 December 2013, D'Acampo set the new Guinness World Record for "The most bottles of champagne opened in one minute". He managed to open 7 bottles, breaking the previous record of 6 in a minute.
  • On 24 December 2013, D'Acampo set the new Guinness World Record with Melanie Sykes for "The most jumpers put on in one minute". They managed to put on 11 jumpers in one minute, setting a new record.

Personal life[edit]

D'Acampo lives with his wife Jessica whom he married in 2002; the couple have two sons Luciano (born 2002) and Rocco (born 2005)[6] and a daughter, Mia (born 2011). D'Acampo is a fan of the rugby union team Leicester Tigers.[7] The family live in Elstree in Hertfordshire. Their home was seen on an episode Through the Keyhole.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I'm A Celebrity star Gino D’Acampo spent two years in prison for burgling Paul Young's house". Daily Mail (London). 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Drewett, Meg (2013-06-12). "Gino D'Acampo lands primetime TV series, book deal". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  4. ^ Laing, Aislinn (2010-02-08). "ITV fined £1,600 for animal cruelty over I'm a Celebrity rat stunt". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Gino D'Acampo - Eating Italian". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Interview: Gino D'Acampo". The Leeds Guide. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Joe Swash
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Winner

2009
Succeeded by
Stacey Solomon