Giada De Laurentiis Covers Latest Issue of Hamptons Magazine

Posted Sunday August 10, 2014 11:03 AM GMT

Though she has the looks to be a model, Giada De Laurentiis feels more at home in a kitchen than on a runway.

The much-beloved Food Network chef is featured on the front of the latest issue of Hamptons magazine and in her interview she explains the current state of her entrepreneurial endeavors.

Giada explains that she’s glad to have opened her new restaurant and now she’s considering several more. “Lately, in the past few days, that’s been the number-one asked question. I could be a one and done type of person. I mean, I only have one child, and everybody asks me when I’m going to have another one, and I always say, ‘Well, I think I’m one and done! I did a good job on one and I wouldn’t want to mess it up on just trying to have more.’”

“And if you can do one great, it’s better than doing three or four half-assed. I’ve never had a restaurant before, and there’s so much to learn, and I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew at this point, so I think I need to see how things go. Would I like to have more? Maybe not at the level I have now, because it’s so much work that I can’t imag­ine doing it again.”

Ms. De Laurentiis also notes that she struggled with her weight as a child. “When I was a kid, my grandfather would make me a plate of fresh ricotta. He would make an even layer, on a plate, and then he would sprinkle a nice even layer of sugar over the top, add cocoa powder, and then drizzle a little bit of Nutella on top, and that was my dessert on Sundays with him. I was not a thin child—I’m just going to put it out there. As I grew up, desserts was what I enjoyed mak­ing, which is why I even got into cooking, because I wanted to become a pastry chef. That’s why I went to Paris; that’s the whole reason my life took a certain path, and in doing that, I realized I actually needed to be good at savory and sweet. In the end I studied everything, but desserts have always been my thing, and it’s the first thing I learned how to make.”

“If you look at pictures of most of my family when they were young, all of us were pretty chunky until we hit age 16 or 17, then we start to thin out, and then we’re thin the rest of our lives. But I love desserts. I’m not going to lie. Having this restaurant right now [in Las Vegas] is really not good for me, because I was able to get off sugar after I had Jade, and now I feel like all I do is eat sugar all day because people are asking me to taste-test things. I’m drawn to desserts and pastries, but I will say that the comfort foods I grew up with, pastas and pizzas, have always been my favorites. Meat has never been a big part of my diet, ever. I eat meat, but I just don’t eat a lot of it.”

And though she has many irons in the fire, Giada’s first love is cooking. “There’s no place I’d rather be than in my kitchen and in my dining room every night. It’s really hard on my family, because they don’t live here [in Vegas, where the restaurant is located], but it is all I think about at this point and all I desire. Which is kind of sad. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t think I would fall in love that hard.”

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