Chef profile: Gino D'Acampo, Gino's Italian Escape

The master of modern Italian cooking shares why simple cooking, is the best kind of cooking.

Gino D'Acampo is a household name when it comes to Italian cuisine. Born in the south of Italy, his food philosophy is all about traditional and simple cooking, using fresh and healthy ingredients including plenty of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.

With an upcoming tour of Australia and series five of Gino's Italian Escape kicking off on Lifestyle on May 15, we chatted to him about his international success and his favourite simple spaghetti dish.

Why did you want to become a chef?

"The reason I became a chef was because of my grandfather, Giovanni. He had his own restaurant which I spent a lot of my childhood in watching him cook. I found it fascinating to watch someone pick up just 4/5 ingredients and come up with a dish."

Who is your biggest industry inspiration?

"My biggest inspiration in the cooking industry would have to be Keith Floyd. He is no longer with us anymore, but he was great chef."

What’s your go-to kitchen appliance?

"My go to in the kitchen would definitely be the dishwasher, because I absolutely hate washing up!"

Favourite ingredient to cook with and why?

"Pasta would have to be my favourite ingredient to cook with, because it is very versatile, quick and satisfying."

What is your career highlight so far?

"My career highlight would be winning I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in the UK. It is hard being in a different country as you never know how people will react to you, but when I won the show it was the first time I really felt the British public understood and accepted me."

What staple meal do you cook regularly at home?

"Our staple meal at home is definitely pasta. I will always cook a very simple dish, something like, spaghetti with olive oil, garlic and a little bit of chilli."

Can you tell us about the worst cooking blunder you’ve ever had?

"Once I was making a meringue and instead of using sugar, I was actually using salt. This was because my wife decided to change around the pots of sugar and salt."

"I don’t know why, but she did it so I blame her for this failure. I realised when the egg whites were not becoming nice and shiny that there was a problem."

Gino will be touring Australia in October. See tour information and buy tickets, here


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