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Gino Campagna
There are several reasons why chef Gino Campagna is the authority when it comes to the issue of food and children.
Born in Italy, Gino is a native of Parma, in a region that Forbes magazine describes as "Italy's Greatest Gastronomic Treasure".
Parma is where the famous cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, is made, and ditto for everyone’s favorite deluxe ham, Prosciutto di Parma. It is also home to two of Europe’s largest food producers, agri-giant Parmalat and Barilla, the pasta and sauce king. Every two years CIBUS, the largest food convention in Europe takes place in this wonderful city and Parma is the official capital of food in the European market.
Growing up in Parma, Gino's food IQ was raised by the finest ingredients and refined by the rich local culinary traditions.
Chef Gino's mom was not only a wonderful home cook who taught Gino the basics of Italian cooking but she was also the chef at the nursery school Gino attended as a child and where he also worked after he received his teaching degree for early education at the Istituto Magistrale San Vitale in Parma.
Cooking for an Italian school is like cooking for the finest restaurant, as Italians pride themselves in making sure that their children receive ONLY the best when it comes to food. It's easy to see why fighting for better cafeteria food in the USA, thanks to Gino's mom, is in his DNA.
As he was working as an educator in Italy for more than 10 years, Gino still found time to work in local Cafes and became the to-go guy for dinner parties when he moved for 2 years to London while working for the International Coffee organization.
In the mid-nineties, as Gino arrived in Los Angeles, a city he now calls home, he immediately noticed that American children lacked the sophistication of their Italian counterparts when it came to food. At that time, Americans seemed content to feed kids a steady diet of hamburgers, chicken nuggets, pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Gino started teaching cooking classes for children at Creative Space Hollywood and Storyopolis in Beverly Hills. Both places were very popular in the entertainment community, so it's no surprise that when Gino produced a pilot for a cooking show for children it immediately was picked up by the Disney Channel. Gino's Kitchen, a series of interstitials aimed at teaching kids a creative and engaging attitude towards food (an attitude that is Chef Gino's trademark style) aired on Disney channel for a year and became a revolutionary show way ahead of its time.
From that moment Chef Gino's career started to grow on two parallel tracks:
Live events/Classes/Education
In a time where celebrity chefs, stay-at-home parents, failed caterers all jumped on the bandwagon of kids and food, Chef Gino is proud of being first and foremost a teacher with a long successful career in early education.
His method is original and effective, the opposite of a Laboratory-based method, Chef Gino's method is based on the creation of enthusiasm and engagements as Chef Gino knows very well the lessons kids learn best are the ones taught through fun and play.
-Co-Founder of Piccolo Chef Foundation a nonprofit dedicated to teaching children healthy eating habits
- Master Chef at Piccolo Chef Culinary School for Children in charge of organizing and hosting cooking parties, classes and events (since 2009)
-Event organizer for Whole Foods Markets in Venice, West Los Angeles and Playa Vista (since 2011)
-"Make Your Lunch" event organizer at Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica (since 2011)
- Culinary Instructor for Michelle Obama’s program Chef Moves to School
- Culinary Instructor for the Garden School Foundation (since 2009)
-Culinary Instructor for Authentically Eatalian. A program aimed to raise children’s food IQ in schools
-Host and culinary instructor for a multitude of live events: Abbott Kinney festivals, Doofapalooza food festival in San Francisco, Westfield mall holidays cooking classes for children, PS Arts Express Yourself, Long Beach Blues Festival, LA Kings Camp, Ciclavia LA, Taste of Venice, The Arc Desert Italian Festival and more

TV/Web/ mixed Media work.
Chef Gino’s bigger-than-life personality makes him the perfect face for all food related media content.
After his show on Disney, Gino was a
-Regular Guest at "la Prova del Cuoco" Italy's top rated morning cooking show
-Content developer for RAI SAT Ragazzi, an Italian network devoted to kids’ programming
-Creator of a promotional TV food -related quiz for Canale 5 (Italy) titled: Squiz (2010)
-Director of Development for Simple Srl., an Italian company specializing in television
Production (2006-2008)
-Producer, writer, director, editor of Let’s Cook with Gino (web episodes)
-Host of Kitchen Kids a cooking show for children on AOL’s (also writer)
(Since 2010)
-Regular host on's Garden Party a web show hosted by Jenny Garth
-Blogger for and the Huffington post
- Facebook organizer for Jamie Oliver’s Food revolution, in charge of organizing events Involving chefs in Southern California
-Special Guest on VH1 Basketball wives
-Spokesperson for several Got Milk? Media campaigns as Live TV guest on dozens of local English and Spanish TV stations
--Consultant for Barilla and Ferrero (both large Italian food companies) to help in developing products and new marketing strategies (2004-2010)
Chef Gino created and hosted 50 episodes of JUNIOR CHEF for the upcoming international channel JUNIOR TV.
-Chef Gino is also proud to have participated at the reality show "Down But Not Under" for A&E Network, about young adults effected by Down Syndrome.

Entries by Gino Campagna

Wake Up, America and Smell the Broccoli Already!

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:38 AM

I've just finished a glorious month of live events and TV appearances here in California partnered with Got Milk? to celebrate National Nutritional Month in an effort to expose children to better, healthier choices when it comes to snacks. It is important for parents to instill healthy snacking habits since...

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10 Ways to Raise Our Kids' Food IQ

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:39 AM

After reading the news about some school districts stopping their healthier lunch programs, I realized that we really need a cultural switch in this country to make the food revolution more than a passing trend. We desperately need to raise our children's food IQ, and here are 10...

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(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 4:31 PM


I've been going around California in the last few weeks: Fresno, San Diego, I'll be in Sacramento next week and Venice by the end of the month. It's part of a small promotional tour organized by the Got Milk? People and Piccolo Chef, the culinary...

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The Revolution Is Here -- Are You Ready?

(5) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Since I joined the Food Revolution, I've been to too many meetings regarding the situation of cafeteria food in the Los Angeles area, the second largest school district in the States.

I'm tired of hearing that LAUSD improved their menu knowing very well that by serving half a million meals...

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The Theater of Food

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Abbot Kinney is the trendiest street in Los Angeles's west side and along this trendy street are a bunch of trendy restaurants, and it's at the trendiest of them all that I decided to have lunch some weeks ago with a couple of friends from Rome.

My friend Davide and...

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Children Abandoned in the Cafeteria

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 10:19 AM


Once a month I host a kids-make-your-own-lunch event at Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica, CA.

It's an event orchestrated by Harriet Fraser and myself, born at one of Jamie's Oliver's food revolution call to action meeting.

Both Harriet and I are passionate about...

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Jamie Oliver Is Fighting the Right Battles

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 6:15 PM

Yesterday night I was invited to a cocktail party hosted by Food Revolution's leader Jamie Oliver.

Jamie was in town and the cocktail party was an excuse to see what has been done in the war against child obesity in the states.

It was a lovely event with Bellinis and...

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Let's Portion Control, America!

(15) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 9:38 PM

Eat less maybe... ?

Since I moved from Italy to the States almost 20 years ago I must have heard from Americans hundreds of times that Italians are obsessed with food (in a good way mind you).

My answer is always the same: Italians are indeed obsessed with food but...

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Thanks a lot, Domino's Pizza!

(5) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 12:39 PM

I have seen the new commercials for the Domino's Pizza's "Kids love pizza" campaign.
In the commercials a man and a woman take a bunch of Domino's pizza boxes to a nursery school class. The kids are excited: Hey! Who doesn't love pizza?

But suddenly the excitement turns into...

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Kung Fu Panda Tofu?

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2011 | 11:04 AM

Something really interesting happened today. I went back for the first time after spring break to the 24th Street Elementary School in Central LA. For a couple of years now I've been going there every week to cook with the students. The Garden School Foundation planted a plot...

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No More Healthy Food Please, I Want Real Food!

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 4:37 PM

Let's be honest, in America today when you talk about healthy food, the majority of people think about bland, boring food like dry veggie burgers and grilled tofu. Healthy food is often viewed as a terrible, yet necessary alternative to "good food" or better "real food," the food "real man and...

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School Lunches: LAUSD Doing Its Job

(25) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 4:49 PM

I was visiting my sister Barbara a couple of months ago in Reggio Emilia Italy. As I was explaining her how my work in America's schools involves trying to expose children to different foods and ingredients, she pointed to a small page posted on her refrigerator. It was my niece...

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A Food Revolution Foot Soldier's Point of View

(5) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 10:31 AM

My name is Gino Campagna. I'm Italian (from Parma, the food capital of Europe) but I've been living in LA for the last 20 years.

I worked with children all my life and in the last 15 years I specialized in cooking with children and families.

They call me

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