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Giada de Laurentiis says she's opening a restaurant in Baltimore

Giada de Laurentiis, the Food Network chef known for her Italian cooking, says she is opening a restaurant in Baltimore (but don’t ask her why).

In a Facebook Live video on the Food Network’s Facebook page Friday, de Laurentiis took questions from viewers while making lemon ricotta cookies. One viewer asked if there was a chance she would open a restaurant in any other cities.

“Yes, I’m going to open up a restaurant in Baltimore,” she said. “Yes — don’t ask me why, I have to think of the reason, but I am going to open a restaurant in Baltimore in 2018.”

It’s unclear exactly where de Laurentiis plans to open the restaurant; her representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

De Laurentiis currently has one eponymous restaurant at the Cromwell hotel in Las Vegas, which is owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Caesars also owns the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, which has plans to open another restaurant under another to-be-named chef.

Fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay also plans to debut a steak house at the South Baltimore casino by the end of the year. He will join Guy Fieri, who has two eateries in the casino, and John Besh and Aaron Sanchez, the celebrity chef duo behind Johnny Sanchez.

Horseshoe representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, another celebrity chef, Todd English, is planning to open a 24-hour restaurant at the forthcoming hotel at Live Casino in Hanover next year.

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