Giada De Laurentiis: Jade’s Love of Food Is ‘All Consuming’

06/09/2011 at 03:00 PM ET
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Her mom Giada De Laurentiis may be the celebrity chef, but that doesn’t mean 3-year-old Jade Marie doesn’t know her way around the kitchen.

“She’s been cooking for quite some time now. I took her on the Today Show and it was hilarious,” De Laurentiis, 40, told PEOPLE Sunday at the 5th annual Kidstock Music and Arts Festival.

“She had a whole conversation with Hoda [Kotb] about how much food to eat and how to eat spaghetti. She’s very into food. We’ll see how long this lasts, but for now it is all consuming.”

However, as for any extracurricular activities, the mother and daughter’s matching interests begin — and end! — in the kitchen.

“She’s also really gotten into dancing. Which is very interesting because her mother is horrible at dancing,” De Laurentiis laughs. “I have two left feet.”

And when it comes to her newfound love of the water, Jade seems to be following in her father Todd Thompson‘s footsteps. “She has just started swimming and is like a fish in the water. She swims underwater,” reveals the proud mama, adding Thompson is equally as thrilled with aquatic activities.

As a result, it didn’t take much to plan an extra-special Father’s Day — one that both daddy and daughter will enjoy!

“My husband is a big surfer and spends a lot of time on the beach. So for us, Father’s Day is making a picnic and setting it up on the beach. He does his thing and we watch and support him,” De Laurentiis shares.

So what will the ocean aficionado unwrap on his big day? A surfboard, says De Laurentiis.

“Because he’s such a big surfer and things … I think it will be surfer inspired,” she explains. “Maybe some kind of board with Jade’s colors on it. I was thinking maybe she could decorate a board.”

— Anya Leon

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Jillb on

Giada is so stunning! and Jade is adorable. When she was first born I didn’t like her name but it definitely grew on me.

Brooke on

That little girl is absolutely stunning! Her smile is adorable.

Jill on

wow, what a cutie 🙂

mommyof2 on

so cute!!! I really like her fathers day activities!!

Taylor on

That little girl is absolutely adorable! One of the cutest celeb kids right now, at least in my opinion, and I love her name!

mommytoane on

Jade is such a cutie! She looks soo much like her momma too. 🙂 I love when Giada shows baby pictures of herself on her shows to compare to Jade.

I love that Jade is in the kitchen too. 🙂 My little girl spends a lot of time in the kitchen with me…and its helped her in many ways.

Crystal on

Jade is toooo cute!! What a BEAUTIFUL CHILD!! 🙂

Mia on

I think she looks like her father–I don’t see any resemblance to her mom.

I think it’s cute both their names match Jada/Jade (Giada)

Deborah Northcutt on

That little girl is absolutely stunning! Her smile is adorable. I agree with your comment Brooke! For Giada, why don’t you perform dance while cooking? Isn’t it a good idea? Thanks anyway for sharing this story.. It’s worth reading.. 🙂

Vanessa on

OMG Jade is just so adorable! Been a long time since I’ve seen her last….I just want to kiss her!

MollyF on

Jade has the cutest smile. I think she has her Mom’s smile. I love Giada and her cooking.

Jillian on

So cute!

Serena on

what a gorgeous mother daughter duo!! Jade is a beautiful … just like her mama!

Terri on

Beautiful littlew girl. And a chef already at age 3. Impressive.

Sally on

I love it when you have her on the show! The Easter one with Todd was just so cute! She’s just gets so excited in almost everything she does. What a joy!

Brooklyn on

She is absolutely adorable! Too cute.

Mina on

Giada is the most stunning woman I have ever seen. How she didnt get into modeling, I will never understand but its actually nice and refreshing that she chose a career so down to earth that will last her thru the years, rather than just while she is young and wrinkle free.

I can picture her house is probably so warming and welcoming, with lots of friends over and loads of cooking and MEMORIES. That little girl is so lucky. Beautiful family!

peanut on

she didn’t model because she’s only 5ft tall… 8-9 inches too short to model.

Tiffany on

wonder is giada is going to hav anymore kids??? i think she should seeing as her first baby came out so cute.

Tonya on

Soooo cute. Jade looks exactly like Giada. And “Giada” in Italian means Jade or green gem. Soo sweet. Super cute.

brooke on

Jade looks SO much like her mother!

Aly on

Her smile is so contagious!! i love jade, she is sooooo cuteeee and giada inspired me to start cooking<3

Mary on

Jade is so cute, such a happy little girl.

Mary on

Jade is such a doll, looks like mom.

Anonymous on

Giada’s name means “Precious green stone” That is why she named her daughter Jade–because Jade also means precious little stone. Giada is Jade in Italian.

Btw.. she is probably the cutest little girl I have ever seen

jenny on

jade looks so cute when she grows up she’ll look even more like her mom so cute p.s. i love you giada de laurentiis and jade.