A Neapolitan by birth, Gino D’Acampo was inspired to express his natural passion for cooking by his nonno, a respected head chef, and he entered the Luigi de Medici Catering College at the early age of fifteen. He continued to develop his skills through the kitchens of restaurants in Europe - this even included a spell as Head Chef at Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Mambo King’ in Marbella (he was 19) - before coming to England the following year.
Initially asked to appear on Good Food Live to demonstrate his particular expertise and skill in using olive oil, Gino quickly went on to become one of the country’s most popular TV chefs through his many appearances on cookery programmes - including Ready, Steady, Cook and Saturday Kitchen. In 2009, he scored a spectacular success, winning the title King Of The Jungle on ITV's hit series, I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!
He has gone on to make many further guest appearances, becoming a regular on ITV’s award-winning flagship programme, This Morning, and hosting two ITV series, There’s No Taste Like Home and Let’s Do Lunch ... with Gino and Mel; the latter proved so popular that it ran for five series. Capturing the flavours of his homeland, Gino’s Italian Escape was first produced by ITV in 2013, returning every year since then for hugely successful runs, each accompanied by a best-selling book.
Alongside this, Gino has found time to keep in touch with his mischievous side by appearing on ITV2’s hit show, Celebrity Juice, everybody’s guilty pleasure. In 2017, Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast had Gino going head-to-head with Gordon Ramsay to produce the ultimate festive menu for members of the emergency services. The programme was so successful that Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Ultimate Roadtrip returns for a further three specials this autumn.