Gino is a popular chef and a television favourite. His flavour-packed recipes are simple to make, and his energy in the kitchen is infectious. He won the of 2009 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!
He was born in Torre del Greco in Naples, where he grew up on a farm. There, his family would hold large parties where all nine of his aunties would come together to cook traditional Italian dishes.
Gino caught the cooking bug from his grandfather (a head chef in Naples) and entered the Luigi de Medici Catering College at the age of 13. He came to England in 1995, working first at The Orchard Restaurant in London’s Hampstead and later at the Cambio Restaurant in Guildford.
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.
He shot a TV series for Great Food Live called Essential Ingredients which focused particularly on Italian ingredients. He became a regular guest on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen before the show moved to ITV under the name Saturday Cooks!, since then he has also appeared frequently on Daily Cooks!.
He has also been a guest on the hilarious Celebrity Juice many times.
As a true entertainer and a man of his word, Gino cooked gammon and Italian mushy peas completely naked on This Morning following the show’s success at the National Television Awards. D’Acampo had previously stated that he would cook naked if the show won an NTA.
He is the author of five books published by Kyle Cathie: Fantastico! (2007), Buonissimo! (2008), The Italian Diet (2010), ” Gino’s Pasta ” (2011) and ” Italian Home Baking ” (2011).
Gino D’Acampo has cooked for Pavarotti and is also well known in the UK for his appearances on Ready Steady Cook.
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He 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. He is a member of the Federazione Italiana Cuochi and the Associazione Professionale Cuochi Italiani.