The TV chef has peeled back the secrets to his life – which include splashing huge sums of money on unused items, shunning novels, and the secret to decades-long friendships
Forget everything you think you know about Gino D’Acampo as the TV chef says there is way more to him than the delicious meals – and saucy lines – he is famous for on This Morning.
The 45-year-old Italian chef has built up an incredible career in the UK as a TV chef, restaurant owner and author – but he says there are plenty more ingredients to his life.
The dad-of-three is fortunate to be so successful, however – as he has confessed he has splashed a huge sum of money on a boat he has never used.
Here Gino explains his love for driving, what he would do if he just had minutes left to live on earth, and why he has never bothered to read a book.
Not a lot of people know this, but I’m very good at… organising things. I opened my first restaurant when I was 21. I now run a chain of restaurants and pasta bars, as well as the UK’s biggest Italian food import company. The carefree, easy-going Gino you see on television is only half the story.
My best friend is… Marco Silvagni. We’ve known each other 25 years and used to work together developing dishes for supermarkets. He understands me.
The bravest thing I’ve ever done is… jump from an aeroplane at 30,000ft over Manchester with the Red Devils. I found the whole experience terrifying.
My favourite TV show is… Only Fools And Horses. When I moved to the UK I wanted to learn about English people, so I watched that show. It taught me everything that I needed to know.
The one thing that I’d like to change about myself is… I wish that I was more patient. It infuriates me when disorganised people waste my time.
The best thing my parents taught me is… to never give up. My late dad worked in an electrical shop and had frustrated ambitions, but he had to hold down a steady job to support his family. He used to say, “If you want it, go for it.”
The first album I bought was… (What’s The Story), Morning Glory?. I like the rawness of Oasis and I’d pay a lot of money to see them perform live if they ever got back together.
I drive… I own a couple of Ferraris, like many Italians, as well as a Porsche, a big Jeep and a Harley-Davidson. I rarely drive because I enjoy a drink.
The most expensive thing I’ve ever splashed out on is… a high-tech military boat, made to my specification, which cost more than £1 million. I probably won’t use it because it’s an investment. Eventually, I’ll find another idiot who will buy it from me for even more money.
My perfect Sunday is… a lazy day spent with my wife Jessica and our three children. After a morning swim, I cook Sunday lunch. I always take a nap between 2-3.30pm.
My favourite place in the UK is… Manchester. If I didn’t have so many commitments in London, I’d move there. I think the Mancunians are awesome.
I’m currently reading… I’ve never read a book in my life. My theory is, if a book is that good, they’ll make a movie.
If I had half an hour left on earth, I would… tell the family how to run my businesses. I wouldn’t waste time telling them I loved them – you should do that every day.