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. 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 each year since for hugely successful eight-part 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 ITV's hit show, Celebrity Juice, to embark on a nationwide tour of live theatre dates and to open an expanding group of restaurants and pasta bars.
Gino is also the author of several highly popular cookbooks, including Fantastico!, Gino's Pasta, Italian Home Baking and The I-Diet . Gino's Italian Escape, published in 2013 to accompany the TV series, was a major success and April 2015 saw the release of Veg Italia! His latest book, Gino's Hidden Italy, was published in autumn 2016.