Almost every household in Britain has heard the name of This Morning’s favourite Italian chef, Gino D’Acampo. With his cheeky smile and flirting with the camera, it’s clear that he is up for a laugh. But how did he get so famous?
From a young age, Gino knew that he wanted to be a chef. After walking into his grandfather’s restaurant for the first time at age 11, he was inspired to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. A philosophy that always stuck with him came from his idol. “My grandfather said that a good recipe doesn’t need lots and lots of ingredients because if the ingredients are top quality and full of flavour, why would you want to cover up or change their taste?”
He initially trained at the Luigi de Medici Catering College but at 19, Gino came to London and worked at The Orchard Restaurant in Hampstead and then at the Cambio restaurant in Surrey. He often returns to Luigi de Medici Catering College to give talks to its current students and to do demonstrations for them.
At age 29, Gino owned an Italian food supply company called Bontà Italia Ltd where he helped Tesco to develop ready-made meals for their Finest range. Through his company, he also sold sauces and olive oils under his name. This experience led to his first spot as a guest on Great Food Live and UKTV Food which kickstarted his career in television.
Gino is also an expanding restauranteur. In 2013, he launched a chain of restaurants called My Pasta Bar for the fast-casual diner. They can be found at 3 locations in London while his My Restaurant chain showcases Italian food as it should be. His dishes reflect the soul and character of Italy’s many different regions and makes the best of well sourced, seasoned ingredients to ensure that every dish brings with it a true taste of Italy.
Aside from his triumphs in the kitchen, in 2009 he won the public’s hearts when he appeared in the ninth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and was crowned King of the Jungle. While in the jungle, Gino proved himself by doing his fair share of trials and challenges, maintaining his wit and sense of humour throughout. Helping him to settle into jungle life was the decision to become jungle chef for the duration of his stay using his already proven skill set to make life just that little bit better and tastier for him and his camp mates.
As well as being a chef, he has also tried his hand at being an author. He has several best-selling books including Fantastico!, Gino’s Pasta, Italian Home Baking and Gino’s Italian Escape.
Gino has a regular spot on the ITV daytime show This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. He constantly leaves them in hysterics whilst cooking in the kitchen, a recent example being his trouble pronouncing the word ‘sheet’ in his thick Italian accent, leaving the This Morning duo doubled up with laughter.
With his Italian charm and infectious smile Gino remains one of the countries favourite celebrity chefs, continuing to cook up his robust Italian flavours and bring them to the nations tables.