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Monday, January 19

Food Network Stars Helped FBI Agent Sound "Italian"

All the haters telling Giada to quit with the spagheeetee and proshootoh better think about stopping. Turns out retired FBI Agent Jack Garcia, while working undercover with the mafia,
turned to Giada De Laurentiis and Mario Batali (among others) to get his Italian pronunciations just right, according to the NY Post.

Giada gets the most grief for the pronunciations, which we know she's been teaching her baby Jade since she was in utero:



Ha! I'm not surprised, but I feel like if I was undercover I'd try a few more advanced language programs than Food Network.

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Okay, so the big thing I got to do today was attend the Oprah Winfrey Show taping at the Kennedy Center. No Food Network stars in the house, although I did see Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn (soon to have a show on Food Network's new website) on GMA this morning. That's. about. it. Where's Sandra Lee when you need her?

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18 Comments:

At 1/19/2009 8:36 PM , Blogger Schottzie03 said...

"Where's Sandra Lee when you need her?"

I think you know the answer to that question.

 
At 1/20/2009 9:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting advice from Giada? No wonder the Mob is alive and well.

 
At 1/20/2009 10:26 AM , Anonymous Mark Mac said...

If anything her pronunciations legitimize her show a little bit. American's just don't like hearing something different from their bastardized and mangled pronunciations.

People should be all over Paula Dean for this, not Giada.

 
At 1/20/2009 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How "undercover" can you be when you're blabbing to everyone that you're going to infiltrate the Mob?

I'm surprised he didn't wake up with a braised lamb's head in his bed.

 
At 1/20/2009 11:42 AM , Blogger Lys said...

OPRAH!?!?! Jacob - that's almost as fabulous as meeting Ina!

 
At 1/20/2009 12:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

INA>>>>>>>>>>O

 
At 1/20/2009 12:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds more natural when Mario talks. I mean he did spend many years there.

Don't attack me now. I like Giada and love her recipes.

 
At 1/20/2009 12:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you check the nearest bar?

Or perhaps a tablescape store?

 
At 1/20/2009 2:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story is just bizarre. It just seems silly!

 
At 1/20/2009 3:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As 2:18 said very odd.

 
At 1/20/2009 3:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like getting Lisa Garza teaching you French. You might know the meanings of the words, but you'll mangle the language, and get laughed at by those who actually do speak it.

 
At 1/20/2009 10:53 PM , Blogger Charles said...

Jacob, your killing me with those quotes from Giada's babydoll! LOL! Although I'd have to argue the baby's 1st word was "Annnnnnnnnnd". HAHA! And why so non-sha-lont (sorry, spelling)....about going to Oprah's DC show?! I think it's kinda cool. Hanging with Ina tops it I have to say but still....

 
At 1/21/2009 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a little know fact, but Bobby Flay received speech lessons from Barbara Wa-wa.

 
At 1/21/2009 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Adam's new show come on a few nights ago? No post about that?

 
At 1/21/2009 12:04 PM , Blogger jacob said...

I still have it on the TiVo and haven't had a chance to check it out. Been crazy catching up after the 4-day weekend. Anyone watch it, though?

 
At 1/21/2009 1:12 PM , Anonymous Conrad5 said...

That’s sort of like NASA engineers turning to Billy Mays to help them invent stuff.

 
At 1/21/2009 4:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This idiot who got Princess Fathead to help him probably showed up with a fedora hat big over the top pin stripe suit complete with shoulder pads. And a Thompson submachine gun in a violin case. A bad Italian stereotype...kinda like Giada

 
At 1/22/2009 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh look it's Giada "It was a complete surprise - not planned at all" baby. How sweet. I hope baby punches her mother in her fat head for reiterating over and over what a "surprise" she was. Maybe Giada can teach Jade how to say "mistake" in Italian. Now there is a lesson!

 

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