When Nick DiGiovanni was just eight years old, he began cooking for his family and friends in his family’s kitchen.
On January 27, 2016, DiGiovanni launched his own YouTube channel, which he has since grown to over 4.2 million subscribers, 351 videos, and over 1.4 billion views. A sampling of his most popular videos to date includes “Eating Live Sea Urchin,” “Barbecue Chicken Wings,” “Buffalo Chicken Wings,” and “Photographer vs. Videographer (Chef Edition)” (all with over 22 million views).
With over 8 million followers and 223 million views as of January 2022, DiGiovanni is one of the most popular TikTok food producers in the United States. On top of that, he has more than a million Instagram followers and frequently posts food-related videos.
The Harvard College Culinary Club was co-founded in 2016 and DiGiovanni served as its president from 2016 to 2018. On top of that, he has been a co-founder of both Voodles LLC and Osmo Salt Co. since February 2017.
Born on May 19, 1996, in Providence, Rhode Island, Nick DiGiovanni has been an actor since 2007. He’ll be 25 in January of 2022. His great-grandmother and grandmother both encouraged DiGiovanni to pursue a career as a chef. Of his four siblings, he is the oldest.
At the age of eight, DiGiovanni began cooking. To satisfy his sweet tooth, he began by learning how to bake. When he was a teenager, he started working in restaurants after being inspired by his grandmother and great-grandmother.
From 2012 to 2015, he attended Milton Academy. Sailing, hockey, and soccer were among the sports he participated in during his time at the university. In 2017, he also went to Tsinghua University in Beijing to study climate science during the summer.
For starters, he worked as an intern at Benu, a three-star Michelin eatery in San Francisco, and in the kitchen at Cambridge’s Waypoint restaurant.
Nick DiGiovanni’s Girlfriend
Since 2019, Nick DiGiovanni has been seeing his girlfriend, Isabelle Tashima, who is straight. On May 29th, 2020, Tashima will receive his bachelor’s degree from Harvard. On the first of February in the year 2021, the couple celebrated their second wedding anniversary.
The caption for another photo DiGiovanni posted to Instagram read: “For two years, I’ve been able to cook, eat, and love this girl. It doesn’t matter if she’s grabbing ingredients, helping me eat, or throwing a few things in the dishwasher; she’s always helping behind the scenes.”
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His Comments About It Being Gay Controversy
Almost everyone thinks I’m gay.
Exactly. I can’t put my finger on what it is.
But, you know, they aren’t entirely incorrect. In addition to that, it isn’t a bad thing. I’m not the slightest bit anti-gay. I’m not gay; I’m just demisexual. I’m not bisexual, either.
For some reason, it amuses me. Even fascinating. Like my friend, who is a total grade-A lesbian and everyone thinks she’s straight because she’s femme, because of her appearance.
Guys who came to do some work outside her house didn’t understand why she hesitated and said, “uh…no?” when they asked if her husband was home.
They made amends on their own.
Even though she was wearing a P-town shirt, they failed to notice that she was queer.
When we share stories like this, we chuckle (between sobs) about how people like to put us and others in neatly printed boxes. Many people don’t think outside the binary of sexuality of male or female, gay or straight, and since most people don’t listen carefully, they aren’t able to pick up on subtle or not-so-subtle cues and clues.
For both my clients and my own personal experiences, this is something I frequently ponder. I am a demisexual trans* person, which means I fall somewhere in the middle of the gender identity and sexual orientation pecking order. *
In the past, I’ve had more serious relationships with women, but I’ve also dated a lot of men as well.
Because I’m short, I think everyone assumes I’m gay. As you can see, my face is petite. I think I have about ten of them. Okay, let’s go with 30. My otherwise smooth cheeks have a slew of 5 protruding at odd angles.
On a regular basis, I have my hair styled and my outfits put together with care. As an independent contractor, I’m never truly “off the clock,” so this is how I conduct business. There is no telling when a potential employer will come across my name and inquire about my services.
It could be because of the way I speak. Many people misinterpret my speech patterns and physical gestures as effeminate gay male because I was socialized as a female for over three decades.
Since interrupting people is rude and annoying, I avoid it as much as possible for my own development and because it’s what I do for a living. In conversation, I take the lead. In contrast to most men, I take time to think things through before jumping to conclusions and generalizing. It’s fair to say that some women do this.
Many people assume I’m gay because of these and other possible reasons.
And on this National Coming Out Day, I can say with all my heart and soul that I don’t give a damn. I’ve worked hard for years to get to know myself inside and out, and I don’t feel threatened or offended by anyone’s words or actions.
Some of the women I like to talk about their difficulties in finding a good “guy” FriendZone me because they never consider me as a possibility…because they think I’m gay.
To be thought attractive by gay men is an honor in and of itself, and it makes me happy. Despite the fact that I know I’m generalizing, it seems like a freakin’ jungle out there for my gay male friends. Internalized homophobia is to blame for a great deal of negative body image and self-esteem issues. Yikes. Protect yourself at all costs!