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Giada De Laurentiis Reveals Her Surprising Dream Job if She Wasn't a Chef

Giada De Laurentiis has a fascinating alternate career calling.

By Alesandra Dubin

Giada de Laurentiis is well known as an Italian chef and head of a vast culinary empire, so it might be hard to imagine the powerhouse in a petite frame as anything else. But it turns out, she has some ideas for an alternate career path, should the Italian food thing ever get old.

Giada recently appeared on's Cold Cuts With Al Roker, where the host asked her what she'd be right now if not exactly this. Giada first explained that if she wasn't cooking Italian cuisine, she'd be drawn to Asian food instead — and "especially Japanese because I find that it’s, very pretty. I like things that are pretty!"

She continued, "They come in pretty packages, they’re dainty, they’re delicate, and I think that it’s like eating a little jewel when you eat a piece of sushi. I mean think about the way it’s wrapped, the way it’s cut, all the little specks of different colors inside."

Very true, Giada. But if she wasn't cooking any kind of ethnic cuisine, Giada would choose an alternate career that's way outside the box. "Something with a lot of adrenaline, like be a spy. Or a race car driver," she told Al.

Incredulous, he paused on that. "Let’s go back to the first — you want to be a spy?"

Yes, Al — you heard that right! "I think it’s cool," Giada told him. "Living on the edge, knowing all these secrets — and the adrenaline rush of it all, it’s pretty cool."

And perhaps it's not that much of a reach, if you think about it. "I could see you as a spy," Al said, after mulling the idea. "I could! You’ve got that kind of Boris and Natasha thing. I could be your Boris to your Natasha."
And with that novel idea percolating, you'll know where to find these two if you ever notice their vacancies on television.

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