Apart from being bullied for her Italian roots and being treated like an outsider among her peers, Giada De Laurentiis also had to make peace with an awkward nickname, “Jabba The Hut,” simply because her peers believed that her name was similar to the character’s and Star Wars was rather popular back then (via The Chew). Additionally, De Laurentiis had to work hard to impress her peers who judged her for not being very proficient in English.
De Laurentiis reflected on her rough childhood and explained how it impacted her (via Redbook). She said, “I had a very tough childhood. I came here from Italy in the ’70s and didn’t speak a word of English, so the kids at school tormented me. Truly, it was horrifying the names they called me, and the teachers never really did a thing to stop it.” Luckily, De Laurentiis’ passion for food helped her cope during this difficult time, earning her the respect of her classmates and, ultimately, fans worldwide.