Silvana Franco was born into a large Italian family and raised in Derby. She trained as a chef at High Peak College in Buxton and then did a degree in home economy. After a college work placement writing for BBC Vegetarian Good Food magazine, Silvana worked her way up to become a senior writer at Good Food.
She later worked as Food Editor for M&S Magazine before moving into TV. Silvana started as a food stylist on Ainsley Harriot's shows, but her engaging personality soon attracted television producers and she eventually became a presenter. Silvana also runs food media company Fork with two former work colleagues and is the author of several cookery books.