Not everyone in Giada’s family was into films — her grandfather, Dino de Laurentiis shared Giada’s love of food. When he came to America from Italy in the 1980s, he opened De Laurentiis Food Stores, two gourmet food shops in New York and Los Angeles (via Showbiz Cheat Sheet). In a cameo on Google, Giada explains that this was where she first got the itch to pursue a culinary career. “It’s where I felt the most empowered growing up,” she said. “I loved seeing how excited everyone was about Italian food.”
She explained to Time that when she was 12 years old, she would always go there after school and help out her grandfather. She enjoyed sitting in the kitchen watching him serve food and listening to all of the customers discuss what they did and didn’t like. Despite the fact that her grandfather only operated the stores for about two years, that was enough time to inspire Giada to explore a future as a chef herself.