Gino D'Acampo had already become one of the country’s most popular TV chefs through his many appearances on programmes including Ready, Steady, Cook and Saturday Kitchen when, 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!.
Viewers took him to their hearts, voting him the series winner by a record-breaking margin.
Gino 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. 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.
Gino is also a rapidly expanding restaurateur: My Pasta Bar, for the fast-casual diner, can be found at three locations in Central London while full-service restaurants - Gino D’Acampo - My Restaurant - are currently bringing typically fantastico Italian food to diners in Manchester, Leeds, Harrogate, Liverpool, Camden and at London’s Euston Station, with more waiting in the wings.
Gino is the author of several highly popular cookbooks, including Veg Italia, Healthy Italian for Less and several best-selling Italian Escape books to accompany his returning ITV series, the latest of which is called New Gino's Italian Coastal Escape.
His new book, Gino's Italian Adriatic Escape, is available now.