The Huge Deal Giada De Laurentiis Just Scored With Food Network

If you're a fan of Food Network programming, chances are you know all about Giada De Laurentiis, one of the channel's top stars who got her start on the network way back in 2002 (via the official website). After making a series of guest appearances on existing shows, De Laurentiis scored her own gig with the debut of "Everyday Italian" in 2003, followed, throughout the years, by numerous additional shows including "Giada's Weekend Getaways," "Giada At Home," and "Giada In Italy."

All those programs have really added up for the Italian food doyenne and cookbook author. With a reported earnings of around $30 million (via Celebrity Net Worth), De Laurentiis is doing quite well for herself. And, she continues to be a major presence on her home network, wrapping up several seasons of "Giada At Home 2.0" last year (via IMDB). Though her contract was recently up, Food Network unsurprisingly renewed it. Mashed has all the juicy details of De Laurentiis' big deal — and what's coming next.

A new daytime series and more is coming for Giada on Food Network

Over the years, Italian chef and home entertaining expert Giada De Laurentiis has been at the helm of countless Food Network series. Whether she's cooking up her famous lemon spaghetti recipe or road tripping around Italy scarfing down antipasti and sipping wine, viewers can't seem to get enough of her dishes, dinner party advice, and travel tips.

So it comes as no surprise that the Food Network recently renewed its contract with one of its top talents. According to Variety, De Laurentiis has signed on for a new daytime series, "Simply Giada," a four-part series, which will air on Sunday mornings and will focus on healthy recipes and meal planning. She'll also produce content for Discovery +, the streaming network of Food Network's parent company Discovery (via Variety).

"Giada De Laurentiis is a culinary icon, who has taught audiences how to prepare as well as properly pronounce every classic pasta dish as no one else could," said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement to the magazine. "'Simply Giada' is the perfect jump start to the new year, with accessible and easy-to-do dishes that feature all the quintessential Giada trademarks — delicious recipes mixed with personable charm."