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Gino Campagna
Gino Campagna – is an Italian chef living in Los Angeles who has dedicated his life to teaching children how to both appreciate and prepare great food. He is the master chef at Piccolo Chef Culinary School in Culver City,CA, several times voted the best children's cooking school in Los Angeles.

Using boundless and contagious energy to inspire, Gino Campagna is currently host of's Kitchen Kids -- . You can also find him volunteering for the Garden School Foundation in Los Angeles,a non-profit organization dedicated to building garden plots in inner-city schools.

Gino has also recently joined Michelle Obama’s program Chef Moves To Schools and Jamie Oliver’s The Food Revolution. The gregarious chef in 2010 was a recurring special guest on a Jenny Garth hosted web show on called "The Garden Party."

Working on two continents,Gino was in 2002 host of "Gino's Kitchen" on the Disney Channel ,and a recurring featured guest on Italy's top-rated prime-time cooking show "La Prova del Cuoco" (RAI1) in 2005 as well as on Gambero Rosso ,the Italian Food Channel in 2004.

Gino has written a food blog in 2008 for,worked as a consultant for several renowned Italian food companies including Ferrero and Barilla,and organized and hosted large events for children at Storyopolis,Beverly Hills,and Creative Space,Hollywood.

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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