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Gennaro "Gino" Sheffield D'Acampo[2] (born July 1976)[3] is an Italian celebrity chef and media personality based in the United Kingdom, best known for his food-focused television shows and cookbooks.

Gino D'Acampo
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D'Acampo in March 2012
Gennaro D'Acampo

July 1976 (age 43)
Torre del Greco, Naples, Italy[1]
ResidenceElstree, Hertfordshire, England
OccupationCelebrity chef, television personality
TelevisionThis Morning
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Let's Do Lunch
Gino's Italian Escape
Celebrity Juice
Spouse(s)Jessica Stellina Morrison (m. 2002)
WebsiteOfficial website

D'Acampo rose to fame as a regular chef on the ITV show This Morning. He has since presented cookery programmes including Let's Do Lunch, There's No Taste Like Home and Gino's Italian Escape.


In 1995, aged 19, D'Acampo moved to London to work in The Orchard Restaurant, Hampstead, London and the Cambio Restaurant in Guildford, Surrey.

D'Acampo co-owns Bontà Italia Ltd, a supplier of Italian ingredients, and has a career in the development of ready meals, beginning with the Tesco Finest range. This experience led to his first engagement as a guest on Great Food Live on UKTV Food and the start of his television career.

In 2009, D'Acampo was crowned King of the Jungle after appearing in the ninth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. After the show, D'Acampo and fellow contestant Stuart Manning were charged by the Australian police with animal cruelty for killing and cooking a rat on the show. However, the charges were later dropped after ITV accepted responsibility for the incident.[4]

D'Acampo has regularly appeared on the ITV series This Morning. He launched his first iPhone app "Gino D'Acampo – Eating Italian" in 2010.[5]

From 2011 until 2014, D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes presented the daytime cookery programme Let's Do Lunch With Gino and Mel.[6] The show aired for four series and three Christmas series from 2012 to 2014. D'Acampo hosts a Sunday afternoon cookery and discussion show on LBC 97.3. In 2011, D'Acampo presented the daytime cookery series There's No Taste Like Home for thirty episodes.[7]

In 2013, D'Acampo launched a chain of restaurants with his name followed by My Pasta Bar or My Restaurant,[8] with five restaurants. His first Pasta Bar opened on Fleet Street in July 2013. There are also restaurants in Leadenhall Market, Bishopsgate, Euston railway station,[9] The Manchester Corn Exchange,[10] and Camden Town (Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant).[11]

Since 2013, D'Acampo has presented five series of Gino's Italian Escape on ITV. A cookery book is released to accompany each series.[12][13]

In autumn 2014, D'Acampo filled in as a team captain for Holly Willoughby on the ITV2 panel show Celebrity Juice, while she went on maternity leave. D'Acampo also appeared in the following series in Spring 2015, this time as a regular panellist.[14] D'Acampo returned to Celebrity Juice in September 2015 where he replaced Fearne Cotton as team captain whilst she was on maternity leave.

In 2015 and 2017, D'Acampo toured the UK with a live stage show called Gino's Italian Escape to accompany his television series. He visited cities including Bath, Newcastle and Margate.[15]

In May 2018, it was confirmed that Channel 5 had picked up Win Your Wish List for its Saturday night schedule, with D'Acampo as host. The show is now called Gino's Win Your Wish List.[16] The revival is produced by Stellify Media.

D'Acampo stays true to simple Italian cuisine and often returns to the Luigi de Medici College to give talks to students and do live demonstrations. He is a member of the Federazione Italiana Cuochi and the Associazione Professionale Cuochi Italiani. D'Acampo was involved in the Gala Dinner for Luciano Pavarotti in 2002 and a private party for the Italian Ambassador.


  • Fantastico! (2007)
  • Buonissimo! (2008)
  • The Italian Diet (2010)
  • Gino's Pasta (2011)
  • Italian Home Baking (2011)
  • Gino's Italian Escape (2013)
  • Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun[17] (2014)
  • Gino's Veg Italia! 100 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes[18] (2015)
  • Gino's Italian Escape: Islands in the Sun (2015)
  • Gino's Hidden Italy (2016)
  • Gino's Healthy Italian for Less (2017)
  • Gino's Italian Coastal Escape (2017)

Personal life

D'Acampo lives with his wife Jessica whom he married in 2002.[19] The couple have three children.

In 1998 D'Acampo was convicted of burgling singer Paul Young's London home, and served two years in prison. D'Acampo has apologised to Young, who accepted and suggested that D'Acampo could invite him to dinner in his restaurant.[20]

D'Acampo is a fan of the rugby union team Leicester Tigers.[21] The family live in Elstree in Hertfordshire.


Year Title Role Notes
2004–2005 Too Many Cooks Judge 2 series
2007 Soapstar Superchef Judge 1 series
2009 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant Series 9 winner
2009— This Morning Regular chef
2011 There's No Taste Like Home Presenter 1 series
2011–2014 Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel Co-presenter 4 series
2012–2014 Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel Co-presenter 3 series
2013— Gino's Italian Escape Presenter 5 series
2014— Celebrity Juice Regular panellist/team captain
2015 Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute Doctor Emmett Brown One-off special
2017 Gordon, Gino and Fred's Great Christmas Roast Cook One-off special
2018 Gino's Win Your Wish List Presenter
2018 Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip Presenter


  1. ^ Find out more about Gino D'Acampo Archived 24 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "My Wife Gets Really Annoyed…!". Gino D'Acampo. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Gennaro D'ACAMPO - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ Aislinn Laing (8 February 2010). "ITV fined £1,600 for animal cruelty over I'm a Celebrity rat stunt". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Gino D'Acampo – Eating Italian". iTunes Store. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  6. ^ Roast turkey and all the trimmings! 19 December 2014
  7. ^ There's No Taste Like Home.
  8. ^ "Gino D'Acampo's My Pasta Bar expansion plans on target".
  9. ^ Jay Rayner (9 October 2016). "Gino D'Acampo - My Restaurant (Euston): restaurant review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  10. ^ Emma Flanagan (25 August 2015). "Gino D'Acampo announces new restaurant to open in Corn Exchange this year". Manchester Evening News.
  11. ^ "Gino D'Acampo - My Restaurant". Gino D'Acampo Restaurants. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  12. ^ Gino's Italian Escape.
  13. ^ Meg Drewett (12 June 2013). "Gino D'Acampo lands primetime TV series, book deal". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  14. ^ Gino D’Acampo to join the Celebrity Juice panel. 16 September 2014
  15. ^ "Gino's Italian Escape - The Live Tour".
  16. ^ "Channel 5 adds Stellify to new Wish List". 15 May 2018.
  17. ^ "The book".
  18. ^ "Gino's Veg Italia!: 100 quick and easy vegetarian recipes: Gino D'Acampo: 9781444795196: Books".
  19. ^ Emily Fox (5 December 2009) GINO D'ACAMPO IS CROWNED KING OF I'M A CELEBRITY. Daily Express
  20. ^ "Invite me to dinner and I'll let you off burgling my home, Paul Young". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Interview: Gino D'Acampo". The Leeds Guide. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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